Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) *****
What if...Cinderella was a Cyborg. I can honestly say I've
never asked myself that question. But Marissa Meyer did, and I'm so glad! Meyer
takes the classic fairy tale and puts it in a futuristic, sort-of post-apocalyptic world, and manages to keep it fresh and new, yet familiar. I read more fantasy than sci-fi, and this was my first venture into
a Cyborg story, but I really enjoyed the journey.
The new and fresh:
Cinder lives in New Beijing, over one hundred years after the 4th World War, and
the world is unrecognizable. Here, a person
will become a cyborg when they've been badly injured and surgeons will add
robotic parts and advanced computer technology to take the place of body parts
too damaged to work. Cinder has a robotic leg and arm, can access the Net with a
thought, and see news and data literally out of the corner of her eye. While
these operations save lives, the newly created cyborgs are considered
less-than-human and are reviled in society.
Another new aspect to the
story is that some time in the book's past, people from Earth colonized the
moon, but the moon changed them. They (the Lunars) are able to influence the
bioelectrical something-or-others and basically control the thoughts and actions
of others, including making themselves appear beautiful and making someone else
kill themself. And now they're trying to take over Earth.
The other major
plot point is a plague that has been decimating Earth, one that is highly
contagious and kills quickly. Through a series of events, Cinder becomes a test
subject in the search to find a cure (becoming a test subject is certain death
in this world) and discovers that she is somehow immune.
despite the fact that we're dealing with cyborgs and Lunars and plagues, there's
still a ball, an evil step-mother, and two step-sisters (though only one is
Will Cinder make it to the ball? Will she escape her step-mother?
Will the prince return her foot???