Oh. My. Stars! (oh gosh, I adore that statement so much.)
There's so much Cinderella in this world, the tale of Ella or Cinderella or Cinder being told many different times by many different people usually all containing the things that we find make a Fairy Tale a Cinderella Tale.
The first and most obvious one is Cinderella's awful Stepmother and her two just as awful stepsisters that never fail to make Cinderella feel like less of a person. They make her into a slave, a maid of the house. Also, object found throughout the story, like the pumpkin turning into the carriage, the Godmother to turn the pumpkin into the carriage, Cinderella's beautiful dress and the beautiful slippers that she wears to the ball that she loses running from the prince when the clock struck 12.
Well, I was surprised to not find any of that while reading Cinders story.
Cinder isn't the kind hearted, sweet, little maid we find in most Cinderella stories, for starters. Instead, she's a sarcastic, badass, mechanic. Secondly, her stepmother is awful, but Cinder actually has a pretty close sisterly bond with at least one of her stepsisters.
Now replace the pumpkin with an old beat up car that Cinder takes it upon herself to fix (because she don't need no fairy godmother to do this shit for her. She's that badass.) Now replace her beautiful dress with one that is stained with grease, and those beautiful slippers for a pair of boots. There is no shoe left on the steps of the palace, no... Instead, Cinder leaves behind her foot.
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention Cinder isn't all human? She's actually a cyborg. Her leg completely metal, her foot and her hand can come off and replaced with completely new parts!
This isn't unusual in the new and now world. There are tons of Cyborgs. But being a Cyborg isn't what makes Cinder so special.
Poney only fourteen and kind heart and chirpy and head over heels for the prince. Oh and while reading you have but no choice to fall in love with this sweet little creature. And, of course, after you fall in love with her she gets the deadly plague that has taken over Cinders world.
And while we are speaking of sweet little creatures that we fall in love with who are head over heals for the prince I suppose now is a time to introduce Iko. Iko is kind of like Cinders sidekick. She's a robot that Cinder built herself. She's funny and adorable and is always there for Cinder.
And we also have the prince himself. His name is Kai, he's as loving, charming and wonderful as any Cinderella fairy tale prince you will come across. Except he has a background and a story to come with him which I find you don't get often in Cinderella stories.
I read this book because a friend of mine on Goodreads recommended it to me. I'll admit that it's been a while and I can't believe that it's taken me this long to pick up this book because it was incredible. I am so beyond eager to pick up the next books because I love Lunar characters and I adore Cinder and Iko and Kai.
My first thoughts about it when I heard that the next books take on new fairy tale characters (such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and now Snow White!) that Cinder would leave me with a good ending. Perhaps it ending with Cinder and Kai getting married. After all, that's what happens in Cinderella tale's, right?
W R O N G!!
I was left on a total cliff hanger! There was so much going on and I was turning through the pages fast. I swear I let out a cry when I turned the page and read 'Acknowledgment' at the top. I wasn't ready for it to end.
But I read that I will be seeing more of Cinder and Iko and Kai, I don't have to worry about it. But not only Cinder and Iko and Kai. But Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White!). Even more fairy tale characters I love from my childhood to introduce to this new sci-fi, robot, plague infested, fairy tale world.
I simply cannot contain my excitement for carrying on with this series.