Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Amanda has already reviewed this book, but you know what, you need another review of it because a) this book is awesome and b) she wrote hers in 2012 so it’s been a while.
I am enamored with this series.
Thoughts on Cinder
I’ve been hearing about this series from basically everyone with a pulse for the last three years, and ironically enough, the two things that sold me on reading this were the two things that kept Amanda away from the book and series.
I knew others had loved Cinder, but I wasn’t really sure it would be my thing. (Cyborgs? Ehhh. Fairy tale retelling? Meh.) -Amanda’s review
I didn’t want to read it because when I saw sci-fi/fantasy I was just like “Nope. No. Get away from me. No I’m not here for it. No thank you.” And any other variation of that phrase in any language that I knew. But a Goodreads challenge (I’m obsessed) forced me to read it. And boy is that the best decision I have made in a long time.
So I took the plunge. I knew that I was either going to love it or I was going to DNF it and move on with my life, cross off yet another fantasy book that I tried to get into but just couldn’t. But that is not what happened at all. I was sitting in the break room, knowing I only had 15 minutes to read until I had to get back to work. Those 15 minutes turned into 20 and then 25 minutes when I finally went back.
What did shock me about Cinder, however, was the ending. -Amanda’s review
That ending was just… even though this is a retelling and some of the book was predictable, the ending shocked me. I was late to work because I couldn’t stop reading. I just couldn’t let it end on that note. I needed to know the conclusion. (It’s okay, I work in a bookstore. My coworkers understand.) I read this on my Kindle and thanks to the lovely idea from Amazon, I just bought Scarlet as soon as I finished Cinder to start it later that week.
As I type this, I am about 10% into Scarlet and am already hooked on this one as well. I may have to review the whole series.
So, in short: Cinder rocked. Don’t let your preconceived notions stop you from considering this book. -Amanda’s review
I completely agree. Amanda and I both have preconceived notions about this book that was stopped us from reading it, but they were both smashed to smithereens. I’m so glad that mine were smashed. Now, I’m going to go read Scarlet. Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought!
If something is (or did) holding you back from this book, was it the same reason for mine or Amanda’s reason? Or is it for a different one altogether?