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A Cyborg Fairytale

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Cinder (the Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

Cinder is the first book in a series by Marissa Meyer. This series is based off of fairytales and Cinder is based off of, you guested Cinderella. While there is an evil Stepmother and two stepsisters, a prince and a ball, that is where the similarities end. This book takes place in the future, technology is more advance and there are cyborgs. Cinder is a cyborg and in this society they look down on cyborgs, they don’t even see them as human, this can be compared to how slaves were treated. Cyborgs are owned by people, are treated unfairly and are in general cast out of society.

Cinder is a good character and the plot was decent but I really couldn’t get into the book, first it’s not my usual taste but I did decide to try it out. However I also just felt a disconnect and I don’t know if it was because I was listening to an audio or what. This wasn’t my first audio and I did like the audio books I have listened to before. I do love fairytales and I like the character Cinder but something was off however I am slightly curious about the events of the next book so I will be getting the second book, Scarlet, in audio form, from my library.

Overall 3.5 stars
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