We Be Book’n: Cinder

The tale of Linh Cinder is a wonderfully re-imagined classic of The Grim Brother’s tale of Cinderella.  Though there are many retelling’s of this story, Cinder has been one of the more creative iterations of this fable. Set after the 4th World War, the tale of new age Cinderella is set in the unlikely city of Beijing.  When I first came upon this book, my initial reaction was to roll my eyes and think – not another one! However, all it took was one read through of the back cover and I was in! Being a Chinese-Canadian, I don’t often come across books that can relate so well to the culture and heritage that I’m familiar with; I was piqued with curiosity.  This could either go very well or very poorly.

Credit: Marissa Meyer

Needless to say, I was not disappointed! The story was comprised of all the components of a great tale, which easily kept me riveted throughout the whole thing. Although this is yet another young adult novel, I believe this is one that people of all ages will enjoy since it is a tale that is beloved by many.

“Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.” -Book Synopsis

The first in The Lunar Chronicles, the entire series simply must be taken with you on your next vacation trip! Marissa Meyer has done an incredible job taking the beloved fairy tales of our childhood and elevating them to a whole new level. All the Disney princesses are given more realistic problems and interesting origin stories, which keeps you turning pages until the end. Once you’ve read the series, tell us who your favorite character’s are and leave us a comment about what other books you’ve fallen in love with.

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