Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
# of Pages: 390
Iowa Teen Award Winner 2013-2014
Cinder is a cyborg living in squalor with her stepmother and two stepsisters. She works everyday as a mechanic while her family does nothing and spends all the money. A terrible plague is striking their kingdom and Prince Kai is trying desperately to find a cure. He has lost his mother to this disease and now his father has contracted it. When Prince Kai comes to Cinder for help with his broken cyborg she conceals the fact that she is a cyborg because many people look down on cyborgs as less than human. The plague soon strikes Cinder’s house and she is blamed for bringing it to the family. Her stepmother sends her away to “volunteer” to be a test subject in the royal labs in order to find a cure. When Cinder arrives at the testing facility they end up learning much more about her past than she could even imagine. Who is she? Who were her parents? How did she come to be a cyborg?
This retelling of Cinderella is new and fresh as Cinder has a robotic foot which causes her stress throughout the story. The kingdom is in peril both from the plague and from an evil outside ruler trying to take over during their time of need. Fans of futuristic novels, such as Divergent, will enjoy this title for its unique twist on an old tale and will eagerly grab the sequel to see what happens next.