Cinder: Book one of the Lunar Chronicles is one of my most recent purchases. Marissa Meyer has attempted to re imagine some of our most believed and well know fairy tales in a dark futuristic setting.
A Final World War has nearly destroyed the world and now the remainder of humanity has two new threats to contend with: A plague with a 100% fatality rate and a possible war with the people living on the moon.
This is a world of cyborgs, lunar aliens, mind control, and death. Will Cinder be able to help the handsome Prince Kai fix his robot in time to help find a cure for the plague that is trying to claim the lives of both the Emperor and Cinder’s own sister? What information does the robot hold that is so important the prince brings it to Cinder instead of his own royal technicians? How does a lowly cyborg fit into any of this?
The big reveal is not really that big a deal since you can see where it is going from less than a third of the way through the book, but that does not take away from the sheer fun of such a new and original take on Cinderella. It has all the elements of the familiar story, the poor mistreated step-daughter, the dead father, the evil step mother and step sister (one sister is NOT evil, which is a departure you may not have expected), the handsome and sought after prince, the pumpkin coach (after a fashion), and a borrowed gown.
Cinder is not your wilting Disney princess though, she stands on her own two feet and even rejects the offers of the prince. Granted, she thinks he will reject her if he knew all her secrets, but she is not looking for a knight in shining armor, she is just looking to survive.
I liked it so much I read the entire thing in one evening and two plane rides. I have even bought the second book in the series. Scarlett. I highly recommend this book.