Here’s how Goodreads sums the plot of Cinder:
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.
Cinder is a Cinderella retelling, as the name suggests, but she is an cyborg. Okay, I hate to admit it but I don’t really like Star Wars because there are drones and robots and crazy technology in the movies, and I was kind of freaked by the faint image of mechanics in Cinder‘s leg (see cover) and also it started with Cinder taking off her old leg.
That’s when Prince Kaito comes in! I would have thought it was love at first sight, although not as obvious as instalove. *spoilers until the next *bold* appears*
And then comes in the plot where Kai is looking for the missing Lunar princess Selene who Levana ‘killed’ using fire and is actually alive and if found could save the planet from waging war against the Lunars. Also by then I had learnt Cinder‘s limbs were burnt off after a bad ‘accident’ and that’s why she needed cyborg parts.
OMG I see what’s going on here. #PredictabilityIssues
I actually really appreciated the cliffhanger because without it I wouldn’t feel that reading the sequels is necessary. But I need to find out what happened to Cinder & Kai.
*Okay, spoilers END now.*
You can safely open your horrified eyes. I give Cinder 4 stars because it was still good despite the not very exciting storyline?? How is this possible but it was? How, who can know?? 🙂