Forget the ugly and evil (well, at least one of them is) stepsisters.
There’s no fairy godmother either in this new twist to the classic fairytale Cinderella.
There’s a new fad in town: Science Fiction. Young adult novels seem to be taking form in dystopian stories like The Hunger Games series or Divergent. But, reading Cinder is a breath of fresh air. The story doesn’t take place in a ruined world, but one that has developed technologies and has relationships with other planets (and even the Moon!)
Take a look at Cinder’s gorgeous cover. It’s definitely art candy, but its insides are worth devouring too. The first chapter was a little slow moving for me, but once I got going, I got addicted. The story follows the story of Cinder, a young mechanic, who is our sci-fi Cinderella. She has a secret she doesn’t want most people knowing. She’s a cyborg. Cyborgs are treated as low class citizens in futuristic Beijing. Yet, Cinder has an even bigger secret that she didn’t even know she had.
The story gives me a Star Wars vibe, which I love! Cinder is totally Luke Skywalker and her sidekick Iko reminds me of R2D2. The prince, by default, would have to be Princess Leia (sorry, Prince Kei). And Levana, the Lunar Queen, is Cinder’s version of Darth Vader. The Lunar is a race that lives on the moon and is waiting for their moment to strike Earth to gain power.
I would definitely deem Cinder as a strong female character. She lives her life on her own terms after she breaks free from her stepmother. She has a little bit of spunk too. I adored the scenes she had with the Doctor (one of my favourite characters in the whole book, even though he’s only a side character), mostly making sarcastic remarks (especially the one about the sex change – read the book and you’ll probably laugh out loud too). She is a loving character too. She has a sweet relationship with her youngest stepsister and with her sidekick robot Iko.
As you can probably guess, I highly recommend this book to whoever wants a different retelling of Cinderella, wants to revisit the idea of Star Wars in a new and refreshing way, or just get their science fiction love on.