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.
I’m re-reading this series in preparation for its finale, Winter.
Going back into this I remembered that Cinder was my least favorite of the series, resulting in me getting distracted when a foreshadowing moment happened and I started thinking about that instead. The second book is my favorite, so really I just wanted to read this one again so I could get to Scarlet. However, I was being unfair to this book, as it has some great aspects.
Admittedly, this book is a huge set-up installment. There is so much world building and foreshadowing that it can get tedious at times. But, that makes the following books so much easier to get into and enjoy. Also, I missed the great mannerisms and how much of a tom-boy Cinder is the first time I read this. I don’t think I really got her personality the first time I experienced her and I thought she was kind of dull and flat, turns out she just has a really dry sense of humor and you have to be paying attention to pick it up. I also liked the subtle references to the original fairy tale.
Ultimately, it’s still probably going to remain my least favorite of the series, but I have a new appreciation for it.