Format: Hardcover & Audiobook
Source: Bought & Library
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes
Read: January 2017
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 was a fun book! I was a little hesitant about reading this one, since I had tried out Heartless, Marissa Meyer’s newest book, just this last month as well, and didn’t like it too much. I knew this one was a retelling, but I didn’t realize how much of a retelling it would be until I was about halfway through. I think the reason I enjoyed this one more is because I’m more familiar with the world of Cinderella than I am the world of Alice In Wonderland.
I loved the idea of Cinder, the main character, being a cyborg, of her living in New Beijing (since soooo many dystopian/fantasy YA books take place in America), and her step-sisters and step-mother. I loved that she was a mechanic and that Prince Kai wasn’t the knight in shining armour that Prince Charming is in the original story – he, too, led a life he didn’t want to lead.
This one had a bit of a slow start, but once I was hooked, I was hooked. And the ending was gripping enough that I am determined to read Scarlet right away! I’m so interested to keep reading this series and see what the next instalments bring!
I had picked up this book in physical format a few times and just didn’t get into it, but once I started the audio, I was hooked! I think Rebecca Soler does a great job of narrating this story and really get the personalities of the characters across. Especially Iko — I love her character! Honestly, the great thing about Rebecca Soler is that she has perfect tone and pacing — this isn’t an audiobook where you’re going to miss anything or be lost because something is muddled. I know I’ll definitely listen to more from her in the future!