My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I seem to be the last person on Goodreads to read this book.
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.Despite being late to join the bandwagon, I am super glad I did. The last book comes out this year, and apparently it's 800 pages long. That's about 400 too much for me. But I will make it!
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Why would I put myself through that, you ask?
1). For the heartbreak. I simultaneously hate and love crying over fictional characters. On one hand, it's ALL PAIN, but on the other, it's life and emotion and empathy and human
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Cinder can't cry, by the way. She wasn't built with tear ducts.
2). To see if Cinder marries Kai, of course.
3). In the hopes that bioelectricity will ever make sense. The Lunars can control human vision and emotions, but some people are immune? And this somehow has to do with the plague?
Why I am not excited to read the next book:
1). In this one, there were zero twists. I mean, Cinder's heritage is obvious, and everyone knows the classic Cinderella tale. In regards to the retelling aspect, I may have liked The Stepsister's Tale better. I didn't say Throne of Glass because Sarah J. Maas gave it such new life it hardly counts as a retelling.
2). They're in New Beijing (built after World War IV), but it seriously could have been set in New York. Maybe cultural differences have decreased by then though.
Even so, I will definitely read Scarlet, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I'm just debating whether to get it in audio from or not. It's 11 hours long though.
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