Cinder is set in New Beijing, in a world where androids and cyborgs exist but aren’t regarded as their own people, technology is advanced enough that people have tablets and send messages that way and there is a threat from space.
As the title of the novel suggests, this is a retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Aside from taking place in a completely different world, with added steampunk elements and the making of Cinderella – or Cinder as the title suggests – we get extra thrills. One is a deadly virus has been raging around earth, with people dying from it and scientists haven’t been able to come up with a cure.
It is only when Peony, Cinder’s half sister falls ill that they get a break, from Cinder herself.
There is plenty of mystery, of thrills within this book and the author has clearly gone to length to make the book based in New Beijing be stylised on how Beijing used to be and bring in the elements of steampunk to it; however there is certain moments during reading when sentences like this crop up:
Her lips were red red red, looking like she’d just drunk a pint of blood.
There is a few sentences in the book that just don’t seem to fit the well written flow of the book.
The character’s that are part of the book all have their own flair, Cinder isn’t the simple character that Disney has charmed movie goers into loving; in the book she is a sharp minded young woman, with sarcasm as a defence and although a cyborg the author makes sure that the reader is aware that she has plenty of humanity in her.
Prince Kaito is another interesting character, although not in the book long enough to get a proper look at, we do know that he is a prince who has to take over and become Emperor even though he is still learning and is rather naive about the tactics and skills of ruling a kingdom.
There are plenty of other characters to go on about about these two are the main one’s that draw your attention. The good thing about this book is that it is a series, so although this book doesn’t end in the way you would hope it would or expect it would, you will be eager to read the next book, to find out what happens next.
Although the next book will be about another fairy tale character, but this will most likely be dealing with the events that have happened in this book and how the next phase will progress.
I would be happy to carry on reading this series and hopefully the rather odd sentences will be reduced to zero in the next book.