Book it: Cinder

Cassandra Pryer, Staff Writer

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This is a thrilling retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, mixed with a little science fiction. Only in this version, Cinderella is sixteen-year-old Cinder, a well-known mechanic and a cyborg. It takes place in the very distant future, where World War 4 is an event of the past. Androids are a common sight among the humans that fill the busy streets of New Beijing, and a deadly plague is overwhelming the population. Sadly for Cinder, cyborgs are second class citizens. From space, the Lunar people watch closely, waiting to make a move.

After she meets the very handsome Prince Kai, Cinder’s life takes some unexpected turns. Her mysterious past and a well-kept secret makes her question how much she really knows. And she soon finds herself in the middle of an impending war and a forbidden romance.

Cinder is the first in a four-book series by Marissa Meyer. The final one, Winter, has just recently come out. The Lunar Chronicles consist of 4 books, but a prequel entitled Fairest tells the backstory of an important character. Each book introduces and centers around a new character and is based on a different fairy tale, and each individual story is cleverly intertwined to create one grand plotline.

It’s some of your favourite fairy tales re-imagined in an extremely clever way, full of comedy, a little bit of romance and a lot of suspense. This series is a must-read.

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