Author: Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction
Audio: 10.1 hours
Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
Book Rating: 5/5
Audio Rating: 5/5
In a futuristic Asia, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg, is commissioned by the Emperor’s son to fix his android. Cinder is used to laying low as a second-class citizen, but her encounter with Prince Kai and the palace doctor force her into action. Cinder soon finds herself involved in an intergalactic dispute – a far cry from her days playing servant to her stepmother and stepsisters.
Oh my goodness. This book is amazing. It’s a strange premise and peppered with creatures like cyborgs and moon people but it totally works. I promise.
Cinder is a completely likable protagonist, with an adorable android sidekick. Prince Kai is totally crush-worthy and Cinder’s stepmother is cringe-inducing. I figured things out sooner than they were revealed, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of this book one bit.
While inspired by Cinderella, this is only slightly related to the original tale. Meyer has created something unique here – I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Definitely give this one a listen. Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job narrating this one. I was almost thankful for Evan’s nighttime feedings and subsequent insomnia so I could keep listening.