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389 pages, Paperback
First published January 3, 2012
Stuck at home? Got some time on your hands? Want to start a long series? But you don't want a dud?
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”Everyone knows this story. At this point, I have read so many versions that I have a tough time going through yet another one.
Aside: Does no one know basic disease prevention? The plague is detected in a public area, everyone ALWAYS scatters. Gee, I wonder why this hasn't been contained.Cyborgs (like Cinder, our heroine) are recruited at a rate of one-per-day to be sacrificed for plague research. Their families are given a hefty sum for their 'sacrifice.'
“I don't know. I don't actually remember anything from before the surgery."Despite the humor, the treatment of the cyborgs by humans really threw me off. There's longstanding prejudices that cyborgs are living on borrowed time and thus owe their lives to society if need be (i.e. cyborg draft).
His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. "The cybernetic opetation?"
"No, the sex change."
The doctor's smile faltered.
Kai cleared his throat. Stood straighter. "I assume you are going to the ball?"I've heard from others that the remaining books still follow the characters from the first. I'm hoping for a more slow build sort of thing.
"I-I don't know. I mean, no. No, I'm sorry, I'm not going to the ball."
Kai drew back, confused. "Oh well... but... maybe you would change your mind? Because I am, you know."
"Not bragging," he said quickly. "Just a fact.”
“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.”
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
“Soon, the whole world would be searching for her--Linh Cinder.
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A Lunar with a stolen identity.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they will be looking for a ghost.”
“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”