‘Cinder’: A New Take on Cinderella’s Story

By Alexandria Ianco, Assistant Web Editor

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The cover of the novel “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer.
Photo courtesy of www.marissameyer.com.

Marissa Meyer’s bestselling debut novel “Cinder,” is a futuristic retelling of the classic story of Cinderella.

This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, which revolves around an evil stepmother, two stepsisters and the protagonist, Cinder. Taking a page out of the original story, Meyer creates a ball where Cinder accidentally leaves something behind. From the evil stepmother to the ball, all of the elements are memorable from the original, and now can be found in this book with a slight twist.

The story is set in the dystopian society of New Beijing, a country where humans and cyborgs co-exist while having a severely politically damaged relationship with the Lunars, a society on the moon. On top of all this, there is a plague that is spreading rapidly and is threatening to wipe out the citizens.

Cinder is a brilliant mechanic and cyborg with a mysterious past. When Cinder crosses paths with Prince Kai she is thrust into the middle of an intergalactic struggle. As Cinder begins to uncover secrets about her past she must dive deeper into political warfare in order to save her country and the world.

A recurring theme in the book is the discrimination against cyborgs by humans simply because they are different. In a society where cyborgs are seen as less than, Cinder is the only one that is powerful enough to save them all.

Cinder is a complicated and strong character that does not back down when things get tough. She overcomes adversity and shows people that they have the ability to overcome any obstacle life might throw their way.

Self-discovery is another important part of Cinder’s story as she uncovers the truth about herself. As Cinder uncovers secrets from her past, she must confront what it means for the rest of the world and her. This self-discovery is the start of the epic adventure and action that puts the fate of the world into the hands of a cyborg.

“Cinder” is a new take on the classic story that is retold for modern day readers. Cinderella is no longer waiting for her prince to come and take her away from her life. Cinder takes life into her own hands. Cinder is a survivor that will do anything to ensure that the people she loves are safe from harm.

Meyer’s book is everything a reader could want in a story. It is filled with political intrigue, science fiction and a dash of romance that can appeal to any audience. Through her masterful writing, Meyer is able to create multidimensional characters along with an exciting plot. The twists and turns will leave you on the edge of your seat.

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