March 2, 2012
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Once upon a time . . .
It is absolutely no secret. I am a complete sucker for retold tales but most retellings are historic fantasy or contemporary.
Meyer has created a science fiction retelling of Cinderella in Cinder, book 1 of the 4 book Lunar Chronicles series.
Cinder is a gifted mechanic and its a good thing too because Cinder is a cyborg with problems. In fact, she’s busy replacing a too small foot when we meet her, but her problems are about to get much bigger than a wonky prosthetic limb.
A deadly plague is sweeping Earth and we aren’t very deep into the story before Cinder’s step-sister succumbs. All plague victims are carted off to be warehoused until they die. After all, there is no cure.
But what if there was? That’s the carrot that the evil Lunar queen holds out. She’s a stunning beauty who is ruthlessly determined to rule the Earth and the easiest way to gain a foot hold is to marry a prince.
Unfortunately, she’s picked the prince Cinder loves.
I don’t want to say any more about the plot because I want you to read the book. Suffice it to say that there is romance, intrigue and more than a little suspense.
This would be a good book for middle graders in that the mature themes aren’t dealt with in graphic detail but they are there. What would it be like to marry someone you hate? Who wants you dead? What is it like to live in fear of people knowing who or what you are? And what would you do to cover it up?
Definitely a must read for all girls who love science fiction and strong heroines. Now, I just have to wait until the next one comes out . . .