A Cyborg Fairytale

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer – Since the author of this book commented on my journal several times, I pretty much felt obligated to read it. I checked it out from the library instead of buying it, but I’m low on funds right now. This story fits into the popular genre of re-imagined fairy tales, in this case Cinderella set in a future China, with the main character turned into cyborg mechanic Linh Cinder. Most of the elements are here, including the handsome prince, the royal ball, the wicked stepmother, and even the pumpkin coach after a fashion. It goes beyond that, though, with a fair amount of political intrigue. In this world, most of the continents united under their own governments after the Fourth World War, and the Moon is inhabited by people with magical powers, led by a queen bent on the conquest of Earth. She’s responsible for a plague that’s spreading throughout the world, and the friendlier of Cinder’s stepsisters catches it. There’s also a bit of a twist ending, which I pretty much called, but that works with the story. It’s a good read, and I’m looking forward to the next volume in the Lunar Chronicles.

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