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.
In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.
In New Beijing, Cinderella does not dance with Prince Charming in glass, sparkling slippers. Cinder lives in a society plagued by fast and fatal diseases. She is a futuristic Cinderella,a cyborg and mechanic, who has no memories of her past and lives with a cruel stepmother and two stepsisters. Cinder wants to escape; she is tired of giving her stepmother all her money and being belittled and looked down on. Then, before Cinder can flee, her kind, younger stepsister contracts the plague; her stepmother sells her to a team of royal scientists hoping to cure the mysterious disease.
Dr. Erland, head scientist, discovers that Cinder just may be the cyborg he was looking for. With this discovery, Cinder could be the key to unlocking a cure that would save both her young stepsister Peony and the King of New Beijing. Coming back to the palace would also give Cinder a chance to continue seeing Prince Kai, the kingdom heartthrob who does not know Cinder is cyborg. Even with the potential for all these good things, Cinder senses that Dr. Erland is keeping a secret from her; Queen Levana from the moon is threatening war on all of Earth.
Smart, funny, and brave, Cinder is noble. She works to protect the people she loves and tries to follow her dreams. Marissa Meyer was extremely creative and wove an intriguing twist on this well known fairytale. Although Meyer’s work follows all the tenets of a Cinderella story, Cinder is completely unique. Ages thirteen and up would definitely enjoy Cinder. The noble heroine and moral issues proposed give readers food for their thoughts. This book is too captivating to put down. Cinder earns five out of five stars for its memorable heroine and Meyer’s creativity.
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