Cinder is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles and my goodness it is a thrilling read.
Loosely based on the classic Cinderella story, it follows the life of Cinder, a cyborg mechanic trying to make a better life for herself. Then the handsome Prince Kai comes along, and her life changes in a way that she could never imagine.
The book has so many twists and turns you won't ever want to put it down.
It's every bit of a pantomime, with evil step-mothers and the wicked Queen Levena who threatens the peace between the Earth and Levena's home planet. The moon.
It's modern, innovative and exciting. The Cinderella story has been done and re-done, but Meyer has given it a new lease of life and brought the classic fairy tale into the 21st century and beyond.
I have noticed in a lot of book series that stories are often spread thinly just to make it stretch to more than one book, but the story in Cinder is so perfectly managed that it ends on such a cliffhanger. The characters are exciting, enigmatic and likeable. It's sad, heart-warming and above all unputdownable.
I for one am certainly looking forward to reading the next one, Scarlet, which is set to release early next year.
Star Rating: *****