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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.
Thoughts before you started reading Cinder?
CHRISSI: I’ve wanted to read this for a long time. I remember seeing the cover and being really intrigued.
LUNA: I love retellings anyway but the reviews I’ve seen for Cinder have been impressive. Not to mention the amount of people who keep telling me I had to read it. So pretty high expectations if I’m honest.
What did you think of Cinder?
CHRISSI: I thought Cinder was a great character. She had great spirit. I didn’t quite grow to love Prince Kai, I found him quite bland.
LUNA: I liked Cinder but it took quite a while for me to get involved in the book and her character. Strangely it was other characters (like Iko & Peony) that won me over to Team Cinder.
CHRISSI: think Cinder is a bold retelling of a classic fairy tale. It’s interesting to see a completely different take. I think my best bit was the storyline surrounding the plague. I found that really intriguing.
LUNA: Marissa Meyer world-building is brilliant. Sometimes I felt like I was standing next to Cinder. I also really liked the story, which had enough of the original but plenty of extras to keep me reading.
CHRISSI: I know this is a series but I felt that Cinder left a few too many things left unanswered. It would’ve been nice to have more of a background as well.
LUNA: I thought Cinder’s identity storyline dragged on a little too long. It’s pretty clear from early on, by the time Cinder knows the impact is gone.
Favourite character / moment?
CHRISSI: I loved Cinder’s house robot Iko. So adorable.
LUNA: Iko, I really hope she returns in other books because I loved her.
Was Cinder what you expected?
CHRISSI: I think I expected it to be really amazing, but I just found it good.
LUNA: I think my expectations might have been too high, it’s a good story and I enjoyed myself but I wasn’t blown away.
Would you recommend it?
CHRISSI: I would!
LUNA: Yes, I also plan to continue with the series.