I’m a sucker for retellings.
I am not sure why it has taken me this long to read a retelling that is so unbelievably popular, but hey, I’ve read it now and even though I am a little late to the party, I am with the hype.
This is a fairy-tale meets robots meets futuristic world. I have never read anything with that description, but if I ever see anything that has it, I won’t pre-judge based off of the fact that I absolutely love the setting in the first installment of The Lunar Chronicles.
It is a tiny bit slow in the beginning, but JUST DO NOT STOP.
Cinder, my Cinder. What in the world is on your leg and hand, Cinder?
“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
Oh so our heroine is a cyborg. That’s fine, right? I mean sometime in the future, we are bound to have robotic parts replacing human parts that don’t work.
She’s a mechanic too. So she’s basically a robot doctor. Or doctor. She’s a doctor. For cyborgs.
“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just… programmed?”
Well the prince brings her a, err, client to fix. Literally the first chapter is the two meeting. And guess what? IT IS NOT INSTA-LOVE AND IT IS THE BEST!
One of Cinder(ella)’ s
evil step sister’s has “the plague” and Cinder is blamed for her having it. Even though she doesn’t have it. Why doesn’t she have it? Beats me guys, read the book.
So let me just send out a list of things that don’t technically change from the original story.
There is a dramatic entrance.
Even though I think we glazed over the “until midnight part,” there is the dramatic “everyone turns and looks,” just like the story everyone knows and loves.
There’s a pretty dress and a, err, foot/shoe problem.
Foot problem, we will just go with that.
We have the prince, and might I say he is very sarcastic and a gem to read about.
Prince Kai is a hoot. I need more princes like him.
There is a ball that we are all just so anxious to get to.
And BONUS there’s an evil queen.
Now I might be mistaken, but I think she has something to do with the Snow White thread. Because she has an aversion to mirrors. I hope that she lives up to all the talk in the book. She didn’t seem all that evil to me. I mean, I don’t HOPE she’s going to be super evil… but I kind of do.
AND TWIST there isn’t an happily ever after.
Because there are like three other books plus probably some novellas.
I just… my Disney-based heart is full. I need book two please.
Oh, and who is Thorne?