Cinder by Marissa Meyer

     Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Cinder

Author:  Marissa Meyer

Collection:  Teen Books

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.  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.

I may be wrong, but I think Cinder is the next big thing in terms of teen reads with the potential to be phenomenal along the lines of Twilight and Hunger Games.  It has been awhile since I finished a book by a first time author that I was so excited and energized by.   This has a little bit of everything:  sci-fi, fairy tale, romance, adventure.  Do not mistake this for a simple retelling of Cinderella.  Although there is some essence of the classic tale, it is far more.  Don’t let this book pass you by–pick up a copy of Cinder and comment here to let me know what you think about it!

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