Author: Marissa Meyer
Length: 390 pages
Publisher: Square Fish
In Cinder (Lunar Chronicles 1), by Marissa Meyer, we are introduced to Cinder, a sixteen year old cyborg living in New Beijing, a hundred and twenty six years after the fourth world war. In this world, androids, cyborgs, moon people (Lunars) and a rampant pandemic are a part of everyday life. Cinder lives with her adoptive family, made up of her step-mother, Adri and two sisters, Pearl and Peony. Her adoptive father, who, against his wife’s wishes, insisted on taking Cinder in when she was orphaned, passed away in a tragic accident that Adri will forever blame on Cinder. Adri spares no opportunity to remind Cinder that her worth is lessened by her missing human anatomy. While a rampant pandemic spreads throughout the world and threatens her nation’s own Emperor, Cinder is living the typical life of a cyborg – she has her job as a mechanic (the best in all of New Beijing) and is forever in service to her guardian family. Cinder’s world begins to change when the Emperor’s own son, Prince Kai finds her in the marketplace insisting she help to fix his outdated and seemingly useless tutor android that mysteriously stopped working. Meanwhile, the insatiable moon dwelling (Lunar) ruler, Queen Levana is determined to get a foothold in the earth’s politics and laws through through the guise of a peace-keeping marriage agreement with none other than Prince Kai. The Queen’s pressure to solidify the marriage agreement becomes more persuasive as the Emperor’s health continues to fail. As she learns more about Prince Kai’s android, and those closest to her become threatened by the pandemic, Cinder finds herself becoming a central part of keeping her nation, and the world’s future safe.
Cinder gives us a refreshing look at how despite your background, appearance or perceived worth, you can make a difference in the world if you are persistent and refuse to give up on what you believe in.