Chapter 4 Summary
At the junkyard, as Iko and Cinder look for broken-down hovers to scavenge for parts, Peony pumps them for information about Prince Kai. She makes a plot to be present when Cinder returns the android. She thinks that if she meets the prince before the ball, he will surely notice her and dance with her in front of everyone. “Pearl will be livid,” says Peony, evidently enjoying the idea of making her sister jealous.
Iko eagerly joins in Peony’s girlish chatter. Encouraged, Peony says that Prince Kai is planning to choose a bride from among the young women he meets at the ball. Cinder thinks this is ridiculous. Prince Kai is only eighteen; he is unlikely to marry for several more years. Peony huffily says that this rumor is better than the other active rumor on the net. Apparently some people think that Prince Kai is planning to marry Queen Levana.
At the sound of Queen Levana’s name, Cinder shivers and looks up at the moon. People from Earth colonized the moon many generations ago. Since then, the Lunars, as the moon people are called, have evolved strange mind control abilities. They are known to use these abilities mainly for greed and deception.
Queen Levana rules the moon, and she is the cruelest Lunar of all. She supposedly murdered her own sister, Queen Channary, in order to obtain her throne. Afterward, to consolidate her power, Queen Levana is believed to have murdered her three-year-old niece by burning the child alive in her nursery. Conspiracy theorists think that the girl may have been rescued, alive but badly injured, and brought to Earth. Cinder doubts this story, but she does not doubt that Queen Levana is evil. She would be Cinder's last choice for empress of the Eastern Commonwealth.
Continuing her search for spare parts, Cinder finds an extremely old...
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