PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
DATE PUBLISHED: 3rd January 2012
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
This sci-fi retelling of the fairytale Cinderella is so unique it is special. Elements of the traditional story are still able to be recognised within the story but they are translated to fit into this futuristic sci-fi world. The magic mirror is translated into The Evil Queen (Lavana’s) aversion to mirrors as she is able to deceive people into perceiving her as more beautiful than she is, a trick all Lunar’s possess. Other elements include The Glass Slipper being traded out for a Cyborg foot and Cinder working as a maid covered in ashes (cinders) to a mechanic covered in grease.
The story itself has added more to the original tale and made this its own story. I particularly liked how Prince Kai was introduced earlier in the book and his interactions with Cinder and their affection for each other grow through the book culminating in the ball. This makes their affection much more believable than if they met one night at the ball.
This was just the perfect retelling and the idea that it is going to further develop through other fairytale retellings in the four books in The Lunar Chronicles is amazing and I cannot wait to see other fairytales retold into a sci-fi setting.
Keep Calm and Read On,