Cinder is a teenage cyborg and some say she is the best mechanic in New Bejing. She lives with a guardian who basically owns her, and her two daughters. One of the daughters is Cinder's friend, but the other is as cold-hearted as her mother. One day Prince Kai comes to Cinder's stall at the bazaar and asks if she can fix his droid. Soon Cinder is sucked into castle intrigue involving a devastating plague, an evil lunar queen, and the mystery of Cinder's own origins.
As much as I love children's literature, sometimes I crave for something written for an older audience. I had heard of this series because Ms Meyer came and spoke at the library a while ago. When I saw this on my OverDrive app I decided I would try it. It turned out to be a really fun read. There is a little more intensity than a middle grade novel. YA novelists have no qualms with killing off major characters, and the descriptions of the plague wards are not at all cheery, but Cinder is a endearing strong female character, and her crush on Kai and his crush on her is pretty adorable. I will probably read the next in the series when I get tired of Kiddie Lit again.(390 p.)