Review: Cinder

Cinder
Marissa Meyer
2012
Feiwel and Friends
978-0-312-64189-4

This reworking of Cinderella is set in a futuristic society in which our Cinderella is a sixteen-year-old cyborg named Cinder. Cinder lives with her adoptive mother, who resents Cinder’s existence, having inherited her when her husband died, and two sisters. Cinder is known for her skills as a mechanic, and one day she is called upon to repair and android for Prince Kai before the annual ball. Cinder senses the android holds vital information Kai is anxious to keep from Queen Levana, ruler of the Lunar society, who is threatening war. When Cinder’s sister, Peony, catches the deadly plagues that is spreading through the Commonwealth, her stepmother sends Cinder off as a volunteer for plague research in the hopes of finding a cure. But what the scientists discover will surprise her. There’s something special about Cinder, and it’s something others would kill for.

Cinder is the first in a planned series. I thought the idea of a cyborg Cinderlla was interesting. I wasn’t sure if I could get into the idea of a futuristic Cinderella, but the author did a good job of making me care about the character. There are three more books planned for the series, and I am not sure how the author will fill all four. I don’t know how long the conflict with the Lunars can be stretched out. I will probably stick around for book two to see what happens after Cinder discovers her secret identity.

 

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