This retelling of Cinderella is certainly not the Disney version! In Marissa Meyer’s Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles, the world has changed and it’s now the future and Cinderella is a Cyborg and as such, she’s in the lower cast and subject to harsh treatment by not only her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, but also by society in general. She lives a life wishing for more when an accidental encounter with the prince of her adopted homeland sets her on a road of danger and intrigue.
While the book is written for the YA market (teens, tweens, and twenty-something’s) I’m double that and still loved the story. It’s so much deeper than just a love story – there’s politics, social restrictions, unrest, and more.
Imagine my surprise to find out that author, Marissa Meyer, is a local! And that she’s not yet 30 and already has made a splash in the YA Market. She a Tacoma, Washington, native (about 60 minutes south of Seattle) and she earned her degree in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University. In an interview with The News Tribune she shared that she came up with the story of Cinderin 2008 when she entered a writing contest with a similar treatment of Puss and Boots. It was that spark that lit the idea to write an entire series of classic stories with a futuristic twist.
[box style="quote"]“Scarlet” is based on Little Red Riding Hood. “Cress” is based on Rapunzel, and book four, “Winter,” is based on Snow White. It’s one continuous story line. Cinder is the main character through the series. But she meets these other characters and they end up joining forces against the evil queen. – SOURCE: The News Tribune[/box]
The audiobook version is fabulous. The reader Rebecca Soler does an incredible job of giving each character a voice and she brings them truly to life. Soler is a prolific voice actor with many4Kids Entertainment titles to her credit.
I’m looking forward to future episodes in this series and I’m curious if they’ll use the same reader. Many do, so I”m expecting we’ll hear Rebecca read the full series as it’s published – 4 in total so Melissa’s got her future written out for her for the next few years.
Age and Grade Range: 12 and up (although I personally would recommend a parent listen/read first and decide for your own child – there are some adult themes your 12-year old may not be ready for) - Grade 7 and up
Buy the Book
Cinder is available in several formats and languages including English and Spanish; hardcover, audiobook, and CD.