Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


In the distant future of New Beijing, cyborgs are second-class citizens with rights similar to property.  This is bad news for Cinder, whose legal guardian treats her as a servant.  When her youngest stepsister, the only person who treats her as a friend, comes down with the letumosis that is plaguing the world, Cinder is volunteered for vaccine research where the map of her genetics makes her unknown past start to fall into place.  Meanwhile, it seems more and more likely the handsome Prince Kai will be trapped into a marriage alliance with the evil Queen of the Lunar colony, if only he could stop thinking of Cinder...

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles quartet.  It is also my first review for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

This may be the first book to combine the recent trends of dystopian future and fairy tale retellings.  This is not a bad thing.  Meyer does a wonderful job justifying the parallels between the stories of Cinder and Cinderella without anything seeming forced.  She also removes many of the problematic elements of her source material (Why did Cinderella's father marry such a horrible woman?  Does the protagonists main goal really have to be attending the ball?) in order to make a more compelling and relatable story.  That said, the story can be somewhat predictable and this installment of the series reaches very little resolution on its own.  All in all, this is fast-moving and engaging debut that has me looking forward to the rest of the series.

Cinder is published by Feiwel & Friends and retails for $17.99 (hardcover).  I got my Advance Reader's Edition from the publisher (but this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated).  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Would you like a chance to win your own Advance Reader's Edition of Cinder?  Just leave a comment including your e-mail address.  I'll select the winner at random one week from today.  Winners must be able to pick up their book at Left Bank Books in the Central West End.

1 comment:

  1. man, i love that cover. one of the better covers i've seen in awhile.