On post-WW4 Earth, sixteen-year-old Cinder lives in New Beijing and works as a mechanic.
When Prince Kai brings his robot to her for repair and ends up falling in love with Cinder, she must make up some excuse why she cannot go the ball with him. After all, her stepmother would never let her go. Worse yet, what would Prince Kai say if he knew that Cinder was cyborg?
This creative spin on Cinderella has many sub-plots, twists and turns with elements of science fiction, romance, and mystery all rolled together. The ending does not resolve neatly, leaving the reader looking for the sequel, Scarlet.
Note: includes 2 instances of swearing (p.214, 261).
Book 1 in the Lunar Chronicles series.
Recommended for grades 7-10.