by Marissa Meyer
Summary: Cinder lives in a futuristic, war-ravaged world. This cyborg (half-robot, half-human) is one of the most talented mechanics in New Beijing, but is living a grim life. She knows nothing about her past, is hated by her step-mother, and is now being blamed for her sister's illness. Her life takes a turn, however, when she meets the alluring Prince Kai and becomes involved in an intergalactic battle.
Thoughts: Author Marissa Meyer reimagines the classic tale of Cinderella in this surprising, sci-fi retelling. I was pulled in from the fabulous cover and completely engaged until the last page. There is a lot going on - robots, cyborgs, plagues, evil lunar villains - but the author craftily knits it together creating a cool, clever, fast-paced novel. The tough, smart Cinder and the handsome prince are interesting characters that give the techy story heart and humanity. I can't wait to see what the author does in the upcoming volumes of the four-part series!
Read Cinder if you:
- like creative retellings of the classic fairy tales.
- enjoy sci fi novels with cool technology and gadgets.
- are looking for a futuristic story with a twist.
- like your novels with smart, strong heroines.
- enjoyed The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.
Visit Marissa Meyer's blog to learn more about this young, anime-loving author and the Lunar Chronicles. If you're an aspiring writer, be sure to read her posts about the writing and publishing processes.