The Lunar Chronicles Part 1 Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Pub. Puffin, 2012.
This is great reading that will have heaps of appeal to futuristic fantasy readers in their teenage years. It is part 1 of a projected four book series by a critically acclaimed author and deserves close attention.
The World is divided into five and this book is set in New Beijing capital of the Eastern Commonwealth. The major threat to humans is twofold, plague or Letumosis, which is fatal and has no known cure, and Lunars led by the evil Queen Levana who are based on the planet Luna.
It is a world in which humans mix with Androids and cyborgs and all the old oil based industries are gone.
Cinder is 16 years old and remembers nothing before her 11th birthday. She is a cyborg with 36.28% of her body made from machines and circuits. She can tell if you are telling lies and is very attractive although she is unaware of this. She is bonded to a step mother who is undoubtedly wicked and has two step sisters.
If it sounds like a Cinderella story then it is. Cinder in the course of her job as a modern mechanic, meets the Emperors son Kai, and he asks her to the ball to keep all the groupies away from him. yer Right!
The Earth is in crisis. Queen Levana threatens war unless Kai marries her and when the Royal Ball comes round all hell breaks loose.
I was intrigued by the story which struck me as being a cut above some of the drivel I have passed my eyes over of late.