So, this book is not one in my usual genre, as I’m not usually into sci-fi. I picked it up on a whim at the library because I’ve been seeing some buzz about it online, and it was there, so I figured, “Why not?”. It’s obviously a Cinderella story, with a definitely fresh twist, as the story takes place in a futuristic Beijing, and the main character is a teenage cyborg mechanic. The story is well written, as are the characters. Some are likable, some (when appropriate) unlikeable, and some my judgement remains undecided on. I enjoyed the book more than I expected to, and felt that it would be appropriate for my daughter (12) to read — which is always something I consider when reading a novel. Because no matter if a book is considered “Young Adult”, it still may not meet my standards as something I’d like her to read.
The book was a page-turner, and a quick read – I read it in two sittings. Although the main plot had many references to the Cinderella story, the story stands well on its own. There is the futuristic setting, complete with hovers, cyborgs, Lunar people, and even endearing androids. (I pictured Cinder’s android as a sort of younger version of Rosie from the Jetsons). There was a storyline that dealt with a world-wide plague epidemic, and then of course there was the evil, brainwashing Moon-Queen who is plotting to take over earth. Her first step, of course, involves marrying the prince/emperor – who, consequently, is Cinder’s love interest. It all twists and turns neatly together to created a delightfully woven tapestry of a novel.
One thing that annoyed me was the abrupt ending. I felt like the book ended in the middle of the story. I understand it’s a current trend these days to write books in series… but I’m not a fan. I usually don’t start a series until all the books have been written, because I don’t like having to wait for the next book to come out. What can I say? I’m an impatient reader. Book 2 of 4 in this set of chronicles came out this year (Scarlet, a take on Little Red Riding Hood), but I imagine I’ll have to wait a while to see how Cinder’s story ends.
I would definitely recommend the book to bookworms — but you might want to wait a couple of years to let the final books come out if you’re like me and don’t want to have to wait so long for the “rest of the story.” 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads.