Published by Macmillan on January 8th 2013
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
I held off on reading this one for awhile because quite frankly, the last thing I wanted to read was another YA novel full of insta-love and teenage angst. But I’ve been kind of burnt out and needed an easy read, plus I love fairy tale retellings, so I picked it up from the library.
What a fun book! (Obviously) this is a retelling of the Cinderella story. It was fun to see how things fell into place and the fairy tale elements lined up in a science-fiction-y way. But! There’s more! Meyer’s world building was excellent as well, which was important as she makes an emphasis on the changes that have happened in civilization. I loved the idea that people had colonized the moon years ago and then evolved into a completely different species.
I saw the reveal coming from about page twenty five, but the journey getting there was still a good time. I’d also be interested to see how westernized Meyer’s take on Chinese culture is, because aside from a few details it felt very western.
This is a really light easy read, I’ve gone ahead and requested Scarlet and Cress from the library, we’ll see how they go.
Angela over at Angela’s Anxious Life was also late to the party on this one, her review is here.
What’s your favorite re-telling, Reader? Book, film, television series?