It’s been a while since I read a book I was so invested in that I didn’t want to put it down and immediately looked for the sequel once I had finished it, but Cinder by Marissa Meyer did just that.
From Marissa Meyer’s website:
“Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”
I’m a sucker for retold fairy tales (*coughOnceUponaTimecough*), but Cinder was more than that. The first mention of a royal ball and when the prince casually stopped by Cinder’s stall at the market made me worried that this book would be another cliche retelling. Happily, I was proven wrong. Cinder may be a version of Cinderella, but Meyer didn’t focus on the Cinderella elements of the story and that made it a far stronger retelling in my opinion. Instead of just the inevitable romance and build up to the ball, Cinder focuses on an interplanetary power struggle and a devastating plague. The book wasn’t without its problems, but after the first few chapters I couldn’t wait to race through the story.
Anddd I just downloaded the sequel to it on my kindle since the library’s copies were all checked out.