Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1)
Penguin Puffin (AU: 29th December 2011; UK: 5th January 2012); Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US: 3rd January 2012)
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When looking for a pre-structured story to put one’s spin on, fairytales are the first stop. Cinderella is a working class girl with evil, demanding stepsisters and stepmother, who attends a prince’s ball.
However, Marissa Meyer hooks readers with her take of a cyborg in futuristic China. Cinder is the best mechanic in the Eastern Commonwealth, fixing her own body parts as well as portscreens…and Prince Kai’s beloved android.
But a plague is decimating the country – letumosis, often referred to as the blue death. Cinder learns how it spreads, and why she’s immune.
The stepmother, the elder stepsister, and the Lunar Queen are rather one-dimensional. More interesting, however, is Dr Dmitri Erland, in charge of creating a cure for the plague. But his secrets could change society as they know it.
I love all the science and technology: cyborgs, androids, letumosis, bioelectricity, all of it. Fingers crossed we learn about futuristic Africa next.