Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Genre: Sci-fi fairy-tale

 I am a sucker for fairy-tales so I could not go past Cinder; a futuristic Cinderella story. “Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is a cyborg. She is reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.”

This was a fun read which kept me up past my bedtime. While essentially a retelling of the Cinderella story, its futuristic setting and interesting plot twists gave it a wonderful sense of originality. New Beijing is a society in the grips of a deadly plague, in which humans and androids live together, while Earth is trying to avert a war with the Lunar race. Cinder is smart and resourceful, despite being owned by her appropriately wicked stepmother. Rather than a glass slipper we have a poorly fitted android foot. Prince Kai is suitably charming while still being warm and intelligent, and the chemistry between him and Cinder is that of a true fairy-tale romance. I can’t wait to read the next instalment in the series Scarlet - a take on little red ridding hood.

Caroline @ Kew Library.

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