OK, I read this book a couple of months ago, so I'm fuzzy on a lot of the details. Basically, this is a steam-punk/futuristic retelling of Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg, living in New Beijing with her wicked step-mother and step-sisters. Cyborgs are the lowest class of society. Most people view them as no better than robots, which are treated as slaves. However, Cinder is the best mechanic in the city, so she gets the freedom to work at the market. There is a breakout of some kind of plague, and Cinder is volunteered by her evil bitch step-mother to be used as a test subject. Telling anymore would be giving too much away.
I really enjoyed this book, but I'm getting really sick of reading series. Can't an author write one good stand-alone story? This book is the first of a quadrology, and they are only planning on releasing one book a year. I'm getting old and my memory is too bad for that. I can't remember what happened that far apart. This is the book that inspired my new rule: No more reading a book in a series until the entire series is published. I'm still waiting on the third book in the Exiles series by Melanie Rawn. The second was published in 1997. I will eventually finish this series, but probably not until all four books are available.