Monday, July 22, 2013
I'd been meaning to read this book for ages, but when my library system selected it as one of its summer reading picks for 6th grade and up, I bumped it up to the top of my book pile. And I'm glad I did! It's a science fictional tale inspired by the Cinderella story, but it departs from the usual storyline enough that it offered plenty of twists and surprises.
Cinder is a cyborg (and therefore a second-class citizen) living in the city of New Beijing. She is a gifted mechanic and lives with her horrible stepmother. When she encounters the handsome Prince Kai, who brings her a robot to fix, her life takes a sudden turn. Before she knows it, she's uncovered some secrets that reveal a sinister threat to the kingdom. This is much more than a Cinderella story - it's a gripping read featuring a refreshing, strong heroine in a well-crafted, fascinating world. The book ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger, but luckily the second book in the series is already available. Highly recommended.
Books in the Lunar Chronicles series:
3. Cress (2014)
Cinder (#1 in the Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel and Friends, 2012)