Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first book in a 4-book series. Cinder takes a futuristic route into the classic story Cinderella, making the main character, Cinder, a cyborg mechanic, live in a world surrounded by a deadly plague. She lives with her stepsister and stepmother and has never been happy living with them, especially the mother. However, her life becomes messy when she gets tangled up with the Prince of New Beijing. Uncovering secrets and learning more about herself while dealing with a forbidden attraction, Cinder’s life is turning upside down.

Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The futuristic take on these books is so thrilling and different from anything I’ve read. I loved all the characters and connecting to them, the twists and turns the book held, and the romance that wasn’t too present in the book but provided enough that I was hooked. There isn’t one book in this series that’s not enjoyable. Once you read one, you’re sucked into the whole series. I recommend this series to anyone who loves the adaptations of fairy tales or people who love dystopian fiction.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review by: Sylvie Kay

Sylvie is a teen volunteer at the West Los Angeles Branch Library. She is in 11th grade at Santa Monica High School.

—Carrie Davies, Young Adult Librarian, West Los Angeles Branch Library