Linh Cinder is a gifted mechanic and cyborg who operates a market stall in New Beijing. She lives with her two stepsisters Linh Peony and Linh Pearl, under the guardianship of her cruel stepmother Linh Adri.
When the handsome Prince Kai steps into her life, things get infinitely more complicated for Cinder. She becomes stuck in the conspiracies that plague Earth-Lunar relations and has to make some very difficult choices. In addition, she must uncover secrets from her past to protect Earth’s future.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
I simply adore this book. So much so that I have re-read it lots of times. Cinder spins the age-old fairytale into a completely new light, mashing up a worldwide pandemic and imminent war with a fairytale romance. The backstory with Luna and Earth, as well as the pandemic itself, is so interesting and well thought through.
Cinder herself is so human. Even as a cyborg, she has very human thoughts and emotions. I did not see her as an inhuman robot but as a relatable person. The romance is sweet and endearing and does not really go beyond a kiss.
It is a bit predictable, but there are also unexpected elements in the plot, too. I would recommend Cinder book to children 10 and up. It would make a great gift because it is an awesome book for anyone who loves sci-fi, fairy tales/romance, and fiction in general.
She may be a cyborg, but Cinder definitely has her human qualities! Our teen reader loves this book - and has read it several times. Can't get much higher praise than that.
Cinder is a science fiction novel inspired by the classic fairy tale: Cinderella.
Read this for the enjoyment of a great story. Draw out the parallels - likenesses, and differences - of the classic fairy tale if you must.
11 and Up
11 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Buy. Our tween reader loves and recommends this book for readers who enjoy fairy tales, science fiction, and/or romance.