Length: 10 hours and 6 minutes
Published by Macmillan Pages: 400
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
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Also by this author: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Heartless
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.
Listened for fun through audibles.
First Thoughts: It was better than I thought it was going to be, I am not real big on getting books that have a lot of hype. Normally if they are hyped up I don’t like them, so this one was a surprise.
When it comes to fairy tale retellings I am sort of iffy. Some times I like them and some times I don’t, so I really wasn’t sure if I would want to try this because of all the hype. This one is about Cinderella but at the same time it isn’t like any type of Cinderella I have ever read. Cinder is a cyborg and was adopted. When the man that adopted her dies she is left with the woman who never wanted her and her two kids. Though of the the girls is really mean the other one is actually really nice to Cinder.
Cinder is also based in New Beijing which is also something new for the Cinderella tale. Cinder is a mechanic and a very unusual girl. When her sister who is nice to her gets sick with the plague that is going around Cinder finds out that she is immune. She also finds out some other things about herself that could get her in even more trouble than she is already in. Cinder is a pretty interesting character and has a lot of guts.
Prince Kai, is suppose to be wed to the Lunar Queen. It’s not something he wants to do and he has been on a quest to find someone who is suppose to be dead. Prince Kai meets Cinder when he needed to get his android Nancy fixed. Nancy has important information that he needs and hopes Cinder can fix her. The Prince seems pretty cool and has a heavy weight put upon him.
The Lunar people seem to remind me a little be of a cross between werewolves (living on the moon) and vampires (glamours, not liking mirrors, etc). They are not a very nice race of people, especially their Queen.
Cinder has a lot more action and moved at a fast pace which I like. I love all the parts that were sort of like Cinderella combined with all the things that were not. So far there is not HEA in this fairy tale retelling and I kind of like that. (Not to say that it might not happen eventually but that is why it’s a series..lol)
Why it’s so surprising that I liked it is that it is part of two genres that I am not real big fans of and that is Sci-fi and dystopian. Despite this though it gives Cinderella a really unique retelling. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I would recommend you give it a try.
This is my first audiobook with Rebecca and I must say she did a really good job. I enjoyed her voice and can’t wait to try more with her doing the narration.