Cinder

Written by Marissa Meyer. Published 2012.

Book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles.

Young adult fiction has a way of heavily influencing pop culture. Twilight gave rise to the supernatural romance genre while making vampires and werewolves the coolest things ever and The Hunger Games brought all kinds of dystopian scenarios to the forefront. Both these trends are beginning to die out now and something is going to take their place. Here’s hoping it’s Cinder.

Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella. That’s enough to get me reading it seeing how much I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings (LOVE. THEM. So much.) Here’s the twist though: Cinder is a cyborg in New Shanghai. Cyborgs are shunned and seen as less than human in this future society and that is why Cinder is so hated by her stepmother. The main elements of the fairy tale are there, with enough of Meyer’s own ideas to make the story seem fresh. Cinder herself is real enough to be interesting and sympathetic without fitting into a stereotype. I don’t want to give any more away about the plot but I truly enjoyed this take on the story.

The sequel, Scarlet, comes out sometime next year. Judging by Marissa Meyer’s website there should be 4 books total in the Lunar Chronicles, with Cress and Winter coming in 2013 and 2014.

Highly recommended!

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