CINDER BY MARISSA MEYER
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Fairy Tale Retelling
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
– Marissa Meyer, Cinder
Series: Lunar Chronicles
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
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. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Until I read this book I was on the edge about fairy retellings. I feel like retellings are a hard thing to tackle, the creation of a new story based off of one already in existence can end up being too similar and like a rip off of the original. This was not the case for Cinder, which is about a girl named Cinder who is a cyborg (how cool is that) Although I knew going into this that this was a story based off of Cinderella, I completely forgot as I got lost in the brilliant world and story created by Marissa Meyer. The sci-fi elements and twist were a refreshing take on the fairy tale. I also am in love with the incorporation of the Lunar and the elements of the disease that are added to this story. Iko was my absolute favorite character, she is funny and such a great sidekick. Everything about this story was great and it was all so new and unique. The character development and world building alone is a reason this is a must read book.