A dystopian twist on Cinderella, this story is anything but your classic fairy tale. Linh Cinder, an adopted cyborg, doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere; not among the populace, who deem cyborgs as second rate citizens, or at home where she is treated like a slave by her stepmother. Living the life of a mechanic, she never expected anything exciting to happen to her. But when the handsome Prince of the Eastern Commonwealth, Kaito, comes to her, asking if she could rebuild an android with top secret knowledge in her system, Cinder gets swooped into a deadly game of lies, deceit, and maybe even death between the Earthens and the Lunars, a race of greedy, monstrous people who live on the moon. The Earthens’ only hope of survival and freedom is to find the only heir to the Lunar throne, Princess Selene. Will Cinder be able to save the Earthens from utter destruction?

I truly enjoyed this book because the story line never really lulled; there was always something going on to keep me  interested without seeming confusing. The way the author made the connection to the main points of the Cinderella tale
while still keeping the plot unique was quite a feat and it was a nice surprise to recognize those points in the story. This novel was a great way to start the 2012 year.

–Laura, age 14

About the Book:
Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Title Release: 01/2012