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6 hours. That’s all it took for me to read this book. Granted, it wasn’t in one sitting, but nonetheless it was a total of six hours. Possibly even less than that. I didn’t think that it was going to be one of those books that was so enticing that it would be over so quickly. I didn’t think it was going to be one of those books where I want to rush out and buy and read the next one right this minute.

It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a little while, and I’ve been apprehensive about reading it – what if it was one of those books that were hyped up and then failed to deliver?

But it did, and here’s the synopsis:

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.

There are plenty of books/TV shows/films that re-work traditional fairy-tales into modern say retellings. The Disney channel seem to play them a lot… but I have to say that I haven’t ever come across an idea like this one. There’s more than one thing going on; a plague, a Lunar threat, an evil Queen that wants all out domination, hints of over population, poor economy and a reluctant prince that has to become the Emperor who just so happens to fall for a mechanic. Whose also a cyborg.

This is one of those books that had every opportunity to fail, but I think it delivered amicably. I liked Cinder’s character, I liked that she only had herself to rely on and didn’t need saving by anyone because she was quite capable of saving herself. She loved one of her step sisters because she didn’t treat her like crap, she loved her robot companion with the fault personality chip, she loved her prince when she knew that if he knew the truth about her he would run away.

Of course, the main plot line/pot twist you could see from a million miles away, but Meyer makes that okay in this book. In others there’s a degree where it would have been the end of the world, but in this case, with everything else that’s going on, it worked well, we just had to wait and see how it played out.

I look forward to getting the next book and seeing what is going to happen, and whether our characters will get their happily ever after [not likely, this is a series of books…!]

Have you read this book? What did you think?