Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: December 5, 2011
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Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch… – Goodreads
Glitches is the first short story written in the Lunar Chronicles universe and, fittingly, it’s Cinder’s backstory. It begins with Garan bringing Cinder home from Europe where she was made cyborg and lost her memories of her previous life as a princess of Luna. She is very self-conscious about her new hardware and the changes to both her body and her brain. She believes herself to be less than human, which probably makes it easier to accept the treatment she will get as a cyborg in New Beijing. I felt a lot of sympathy for Cinder, who is led to believe her parents died in a hover crash. She has to make her way in an entirely new world without any safety net of memories behind her. It must have been hard.
Then we meet Garan’s family: Adri, Pearl, and Peony. Adri isn’t quite as villainous as she is in Cinder’s novel, but you can tell she has it in her. Peony is very open to Cinder from the beginning. They play dress-up and Cinder explains her inner workings to Peony. I felt myself get a little frustrated, because while you know Garan has good reasons for not telling Adri Cinder’s secret, you wish he had so Cinder would not have been so ill-treated. Or at the very least, you wish Garan had told someone that the chip dampening Cinder’s Lunar magic worked. Anything. But he gets the plague, and so begins the life Cinder is living when we meet her for the first time. We also see a glimpse of Iko, which made me happy.
This is a nice concise origin story, and I liked the glimpse we got into Cinder’s secretive beginnings.