Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 12:08pm

When I was growing up I was obsessed with Disney's Cinderella.  Maybe that's why I couldn't resist this futuristic version of the classic fairy tale.  Here is the synopsis from Publisher's Weekly:

Publishers Weekly

First in the Lunar Chronicles series, this futuristic twist on Cinderella retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But debut author Meyer’s brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension. Cinder is a talented teenage mechanic and cyborg—part human, part robot—who has been living in New Beijing with a demanding adoptive mother and two stepsisters, ever since her late stepfather took Cinder in after a hovercraft accident. Several events abruptly turn Cinder’s world upside down: a chance meeting with the handsome Prince Kai has her heart racing; a plague pandemic threatens her beloved sister Peony; Cinder learns she is immune to the plague; and the evil Lunar Queen Levana arrives on Earth, scheming to marry Kai. Though foreshadowing early on makes it fairly clear where the story is headed, it unfolds with the magic of a fairy tale and the breakneck excitement of dystopian fiction. Meyer’s far-future Earth is richly imagined, full of prejudice and intrigue, characters easy to get invested in, and hints of what might await in future books. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)

The sequel to Cinder will be released in February of 2013.  It's called Scarlet and from the synopsis, has elements of Little Red Riding Hood in it.  

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.  

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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 11:07am

Wow...that's a definite twist on the classic fairy tale and it's sounds pretty intriguing! I just checked with my library and unfortunately, they don't have it now. But I just downloaded the first five chapters for free at Amazon; I want to give it a read and see... I'm thinking it may be a good book for a young girl I know who I'm trying to get interested in reading more! LOL

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Registered: 12-20-2004
Fri, 09-21-2012 - 7:18pm
I love the show Once Upon a Time, so these may be something that I will check out.