Meyer, M. (2013). Cinder. New York: Square Fish. ISBN: 978-1250007209. Hardcover: $19.99. Also available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook format.

What if being yourself could cost you everything? Cyborgs are freaks, and Cinder knows it. If the hateful stares in the marketplace weren’t enough to make the point, her stepmother certainly makes it clear that she’s not happy that Cinder’s father left such a shameful legacy. Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing though, and when the handsome Prince Kai comes to her stall in the marketplace to ask her to fix his android, she knows she needs to hide her mechanical hand and leg. Not like it matters. He’d never notice her anyway.

But Prince Kai does notice the pretty, quirky mechanic. In the midst of fighting the widespread plague that is about to claim his father and navigating politics with the strange and threatening Lunars staring down from the moon, Cinder is a welcome relief from the pressures of being the almost-Emperor. But there is plenty Cinder isn’t telling him, and some secrets she doesn’t yet know herself. When the truth is revealed, can love conquer long-held prejudices?

This story is loosely based on the Cinderella fairy tales, but still highly original and much more complex than the original tale.

Here’s a trailer for the book:

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