Meyer, Marissa. Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. $19.99. ISBN 9780312641894. 390 pgs. Ages 12+. P8Q8
I don’t know how I missed this series! Cinder is a reimagining of Cinderella, set in the future, on a plague-ridden planet. Cinder is a human/cyborg mechanic, who repairs androids in the chaotic market area of New Beijing to support her unpleasant stepmother and two stepsisters. Cyborgs are basically outcasts, and Cinder knows there isn’t much of a future for her. The handsome prince appears and things get interesting. I really enjoyed this book. Cinder is an interesting character who has to adjust to difficult and changing circumstances as she learns that while she certainly is a cyborg, that’s not all she is. There is political tension, danger, sorrow, and the possibility of love, all set in a fast paced storyline. I look forward to the rest of the series (there are five books in the box set I received).
VERDICT: There have been a lot of YA novels retelling fairy tales in recent years, and they have varied in quality and originality. This one is the most unique, and left me needing to read the next book. I think YA readers will delve into the series and read until the end.
February 2017 review by Carol Schramm.