Its been a while since I recommended a book on this blog, in fact the last Recommended Reading post was posted last year! To remedy this, I thought I would recommend a book with a wicked stepmother in, just in time for Mother’s Day…
The easiest way to summarise Cinder is to say its a sci-fi novel based on the fairy
tale Cinderella. That summary doesn’t really do Marissa Meyer’s novel justice as its the start of a sci-fi series that deals with political intrigue, biological warfare and society’s discrimination of those that are different from the majority. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a heavy read but it does touch on some heavy topics.
If you know the story of Cinderella, then you already know the major plot points for Cinder, although there are some modifications. Our protagonist is Cinder, a cyborg with a wicked stepmother living in a city suffering from a seemingly incurable illness. Also there is a prince and an evil alien queen. Typical fairy tale stuff.
Cinder is the start of a fantastic sci-fi series inspired by different fairy tales. Its well written and doesn’t suffer from the same issues as other first novels in a series do- it manages to be a stand alone novel, who’s plot does not suffer for the need of setting up the rest of the series.
If you are looking for a new twist on a traditional fairy tale that adds something new to the story, instead of simply being a straightforward retelling, then I highly recommend that you read Cinder (and if I’m honest all the novels in the Lunar Chronicles series!)
Have you read Cinder? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!