“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder is a re-imagined Cinderella set in a futuristic China. Cinder, our heroine, is a mechanic cyborg working hard to earn a living to help her stepmother and sisters. While Cinder is at her job, Prince Kai brings her a malfunctioning android to fix. The two develop a relationship which blossoms into a forbidden attraction. Unfortunately the kingdom is not living in an easy time. There is a sickness killing off members of the population, and there is no known cure. Along with this is the looming possibility of war if Prince Kai does not marry Levana, Queen of the Lunars.

Why I picked it up: I’m a sucker for a remake of a fairy tale story. Also I loved the front cover design.

Why I finished it: This book pulled me in from the beginning. I had to know what was going to happen to all of the characters. Meyers even made the stepmother sympathetic.

I’d give it to: Anyone who likes fairy tales, cyborgs, or strong female main characters.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Natalie Martinez