by: Marissa Meyer
If you don't know much about cyborgs or Lunars before reading this book, you're not alone. But you will fully understand who they are & why their identity is so important in this post WW IV world, set in New Bejiing. Cinder, adapted from the original fairy tale of Cinderella, is a mechanic who is forced to live with her unkind stepmother & two stepsisters. Her world is crazy, as letumosis (a worldwide illness) threatens to wipe out everyone, including her & her family. It's a pandemic similar to coronavirus, but with more fatalities.
Cinder is resentful toward her stepmother and planning her escape the night of the prince's coronation ball. But she ends up meeting the prince and even kindling a relationship with him,as he makes efforts to convince her to come to his ball. She is determined not to make an appearance until she learns that there is some vital information Prince Kai needs before making a decision about uniting his kingdom with Queen Levana (who is Lunar.)
"It was made out to be some sort of honor, giving your life for the good of humanity, but it was really just a reminder that cyborgs were not like everyone else. Many of them had been given a second chance at life by the generous scientists & therefore owed their very existence to those who had created them."
My Rating: 5! (even though the cyborg & technology bit/SCI-FI genre were weird at points.)