Cyborg Cinderella, android friends and an evil space queen? I was hesitant to read this book because I do not enjoy the original Cinderella story. However, after having Cinder on my list for years, I finally downloaded the audio version narrated by Rebecca Soler and became entranced. While some plot points are a bit predictable, this futuristic-steampunky twist on the Cinderella story we all know is fantastic. As a character, Cinder is humorous and resourceful despite dealing with her awful stepmother and stepsister. Unfortunately, I found the love interest- Prince Kai- to be dull, and an event that seemed as if it were built up as a pivotal moment felt rushed and ultimately did not impact me in the way that was intended. The world building, mysterious plague, and developments with the Lunars are what kept my interest in this book. Cinder is the first book in the series, and as such, there really has not been a chance to develop deep characters yet. As with many young adult series, the first book serves as a set up to the actual story we get in the subsequent books: Scarlet, Cress and Winter. While there were some predictable plot lines, this book served as a vibrant introduction to The Lunar Chronicles series.