10 Hours and 6 Minutes.
Months ago, I had a student rave about this book. In my typical style, I just got to
Appetizer: Cinder is a mechanic. She's the only source of income for her stop-mom and step-sisters, not that they show much appreciation. Cinder's a syborg. She'd been damaged in an accident when she was eleven (not that she remembers it or much before the accident). Many humans believe that syborgs don't deserve a second chance at life, especially since a strange plague is ravishing the world.
After Prince Kai, the future ruler of the Eastern Commonwealth enters her shop hoping for her to repair an old and beloved android, Cinder's life gets more and more complicated. One of the few humans that she cares about gets sick, her step mother betrays her (not so surprising) and Cinder learns that there may be more to her syborg nature than she could ever have guessed.
A fun sci-fi twist on Cinderella, I was really impressed by the start of this YA series, The Lunar Chronicles. While based on the Cinderella fairy tale, it's far from a retelling with sci-fi elements. Meyer has included a lot of fresh elements to keep the reader guessing: There's a plague infecting and killing people by the thousands, a conflict between humans, a powerful species of people living on the moon, an evil queen. Plus, instead of a rags-to-riches story, Cinder is more of a young woman struggling and working to find her rightful place (sans fairy godmother!).
There are some predictable and familiar elements as well, but I was still impressed and engaged, making excuses to listen to the audiobook.
I'm ready for Scarlet, book two in this series.
Tasty Rating: !!!!