Book Review: Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder lives and works as a mechanic in New Beijing, but as a second class citizen. As a cyborg, she is considered less than human and is used as slave labor for her legal guardian and her two daughters. When Cinder’s young stepsister contracts a deadly plague, her guardian blames Cinder. Meanwhile, Cinder has a job to do for Prince Kai, the future Emperor, and uncovers an incredible secret that will affect relations between Earth and the Lunar colony as well as Kai’s future.

Cinder is an incredible new twist on the Cinderella story. Meyer’s futuristic world of intelligent androids, cyborgs, and a mysterious race of humans on the moon create a dark and fascinating backdrop. Cinder dreams of freedom and escape. She’s a tortured girl with a secret past, only knowing that she was in a terrible accident that took her hands and feet that had to be replaced with mechanical ones.

Readers of all ages will enjoy this fairy tale merged with science fiction. This fast paced-adventure is full of suspense, danger, intrigue, and surprises. Events build up to a breath-taking, cliffhanger ending that will leave readers wanting more. First in a four-book series, this debut is fun, fresh, and completely engaging. Entirely fantastic, I loved every bit of this inspired story.

Cinder releases from Feiwel & Friends on January 3, 2012.

Cinder will also be available in audio book format. Check out the audio clip below for an excerpt:

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