Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 12
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Marissa Meyer does a wonderful job on Cinder, which is a version of Cinderella taking place in a dystopian world where Cinderella is a cyborg. I love dystopian future novels, so this book took my interest. I found it was very interesting and unlike most books, the author wrote it well. The vocabulary was higher and I found some words that I had just learned in class. There is only the slightest bit of romance, much like the original Cinderella. There isn’t much violence, but there is a plague and the side-effects are rather disturbing. Meyer did a great job of keeping me hooked and I found myself liking the main character a lot. I highly recommend Cinder to fans of fairytales and dystopian novels.