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."
You would think that with such a mish-mash of things going on this book- humans, aliens, cyborgs, a retelling of Cinderella, a plague reminiscent of the Black Plague, and the likes of- that this book would be way too "out there" and that it would be quite "heavy", however this book is anything but. Marissa was able to weave each of these various aspects together beautifully (and in a way that makes the storyline seem quite realistic).
While I found the the "big reveal" in this book to be glaringly obvious (after reading the first few pages of the book I turned to my dad and told him how I thought the book was going to play out, it did just that to a tee), I still really quite enjoyed the book. I think that the main reason why I enjoyed it so much, aside from the fact that it is hands-down one of the most unique books I have ever read of before, was because of the characters- from the utterly swoon-worthy Kai, to the (literally) not afraid to get her hands dirty/ kickass in doing so Cinder, to the ever hilarious Iko.
All in all, I believe this to be an enchanting debut from Marissa and I CANNOT wait to see what she has in store for us in the next book of her "Lunar Chronicles" series!
Memorable lines from this book:
'Iko rolled to her side, clasping her metal grippers over her chest. "Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I'm overheating."' (pg. 14).
"I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on" (pg. 116).
"What? Really? And I thought I was just emotionally withdrawn... I'm also incapable of blushing, if that was going to be your next brilliant observation" (pg. 117).