Publisher: Fiewel and Friends (Macmillan)
Pages: 387 (Hardcover)
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.
You know when people keep talking about a book. Lah, this is fantastic! OMG, you have to read this! If you don’t read this I’ll shank you and play hackeysack with your kidneys!
This is one of those books. I was cruelly declined on netgalley so had mostly buried it in my TBR pile and forgotten about it until people started terrorizing me with demands to read it.
Oh am I so bloody happy I did! I loved this book! I stayed up most of the night to read it! It wasn’t perfect, of course. There are several things I might have liked to be changed about it but I feel the characterization of the two main protagonists was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and the story.
There’s really not much for me to do here. I mostly just want to find everyone else who read this book and give them the highest of fives.
I mean… yeah, if you want to get technical, it annoyed me that all the antagonists were women (and that there were only two positive female characters outside of the main protagonist) and they were all horrible people. That breeding of distrust for the sisterhood always raises my hackles and most people won’t be bothered by that. I would have liked the atmosphere of New Beijing to feel more… atmospherey, ya know? The actual location felt a little under developed in that regards. Sure I don’t expect every sentence would be filled with reminders to the location but I wanted to feel the city and the people and the world – which I often didn’t.
I hope there’s more cyberpunk in the next one. Hovercars, screens, id bracelets, androids and cyborgs is cool but let’s amp up the imagination! Let’s build that world and make it even more fantasmagorical!
But mostly, Meyer is seriously on my shitlist for that ending! I can’t believe I have to wait until Scarlet! SO UNFAIR!
How could you?! Do you hate us? Are you trying to punish us? What, oh WHAT did we ever do to deserve the agony of having to wait for Scarlet?
I may never forgive. Unless, ya know, Scarlet is REALLY awesome.
I will await my sentencing until then!