Today’s Book Spotlight is on Cinder by: Marissa Meyer.
It’s hundreds of years in the future. Earth has gone through four world wars and is now populated by conglomerates of countries called Commonwealths. The moon has been colonized by an evolved group of former-humans called Lunars who are threatening to start war with the people of Earth if they don’t acquiesce to the Lunar queen’s demands. And to top it all off, there is a plague on Earth, a virus that’s airborne and spreads quickly, killing citizens off at alarming rates. It’s a pretty nasty place to live.
Linh Cinder, however, probably lives in the nastiest place. She’s a cyborg, which is a group of people heavily discriminated against in this society. She’s technically “owned” by her stepmother who hates cyborgs and who is always threatening to sell her. Her stepmother makes good on those promises once one of her daughters gets infected with the plague and she blames Cinder. She ships her off to a testing center to serve as a guinea pig for doctors to find a cure for the plague, which means certain death for anyone who enters.
Except Cinder doesn’t die. Her body fights off the disease which makes her a very valuable test subject and one who might stand a chance at saving the kingdom, maybe even the entire planet. And if that’s not enough, she happens to make friends with the crown prince of the Commonwealth says that she’s probably the only person on Earth who can help him fend off the looming Lunar forces.
This novel is a sci-fi retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. If you like dystopia, political intrigue, and protagonists who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty for something they believe in, you’ll definitely want to check out Cinder. It’s also the first book in a four book series that are each retellings of fairy tales that are set in this world. If you’d like to reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.