Cinder is the first book of Marissa Meyers Lunar Chronicles which consist of fairy tale retelling. Which mainly consist of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. The first book Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella, and basically follows the same formula. However the book and series itself takes a lot of twists and turns with the story.
Plot Summery from Amazon:
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
What I love about this book series, is that it does a very good job retelling the story of Cinderella, while offering some new twists and turns with the story. Cinder is one of my favorite book characters because she has an arc, in just the first book. Also the romance is also well developed without the “insta-love” that happens in many YA novels and have Kai not be just a guy for Cinder to fall for, but also has his own arc; dealing with the death of father, being forced to marry Queen Levana, who plans on killing him after the wedding. The twist in the novel; that Cinder is not just a Lunar but also the lost princess Selene, I kinda saw coming ever since the fact that the lost princess exists, obviously an homage to Sailor Moon, that Marissa Meyer is a fan of. What this book did was make me excited about whats gonna happen in the next book, and is an amazing start to a great series.