"Cinder" by Marissa Meyer is the first book in "The Lunar Chronicles". A clever retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale, in a futuristic and alternative world that features hoover crafts, androids, and cyborgs.
Cinder is our Cinderella in this story. Cinder is a cyborg, and essentially owned by her legal guardian 'stepmother' and her two stepsisters. She is a second class citizen due to being a cyborg, rather then being seen as having superior technological advances over other humans she is instead seen as an object, property, and beneath the 'real' humans. Being part human and part machine, they are looked upon as not human at all. Cinder works as a mechanic to earn a income for her stepmother, because that is her only use and the only reason that she is still living with her resentful guardian who never wanted anything to do with Cinder in the first place.
Cinder lost both a foot, and a hand, in a accident when she was very young. She doesn't remember anything that took place before the surgery that was performed in order to save her life. Her injured limbs were replaced with metal prosthetic's.
From this premise the plot begins to unfold and reveal itself. There is a mysterious disease affecting the Kingdom called Letumosis, acting much like the black plaque. And Queen Levana of the Lunar people, evil ruler of the Moon, has a nasty motive. The Lunar's have been on the brink of war with the people of Earth for a while now, and also possess the ability of glamouring making them superior and higher advanced.
I loved this book. I adore fairy tale retelling's and this one was particularly intriguing and unique. I was expecting to like this series but I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did.
My Rating: 4 Stars