The problem with reading YA books is that when you find ones that you really enjoy, they are usually part of a big series. That is the only problem I have with Cinder* by Marissa Meyer. This is an absolutely fun and engaging read and now all I want to do is read the other books in the series!
As the cover and title indicate, this is a modern, sci-fi take on the classic Cinderella story. As happens most of the time (when you are an adult reading books made for those younger than you) a lot of this book was predictable but that did not ruin the book for me. The writing is engaging, comic, and authentic. The main character, Cinder, is relatable and not your typical female falling for the prince. There is much more to her and to her world than a romance.
While there is a romantic story line between the prince and Cinder, it's not at all your stereotypical story and Cinder is very aware that there are bigger issues than whether or not the prince likes her. It takes place in the distant future where there is a colony on the moon ruled by a queen, a commonwealth ruled by an emperor in Asia, and cyborgs and androids are a part of society.
I love this take on Cinderella and it was a book I could not put down. If you are a fan on Young Adult books and Science Fiction, this is a great book. But be warned, it is part of a series and once you fall in you are going to want to read the rest of the books!
Have you read it? What did you think?
Next weeks book will be Amor and Psycho: Stories by Carolyn Cooke.*