Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is the story of Linh Cinder – a mechanic and cyborg who lives in the midst of New Beijing. One day young Prince Kai arrives at her shop. He is asking her to fix his beloved tutor android.
Meanwhile, the city is falling to a plague called leumosis. Cinder’s family is affected, resulting in the death of her beloved stepsister Peony. Even the Emperor dies as a result of this plague.
The Queen of Luna (a colony on the moon) is working hard to sway Prince Kai, soon to be crowned Emperor after his father’s death, into marrying her. Her devious plans include taking over Earth, becoming Empress and murdering Kai, and generally being a not nice person.
This book was surprisingly amazing. I went in expecting to like the book, but ended loving it. I’m not a huge sci-fi person, nor do I tend to like romance. Yet I saw so many students reading Cinder that I knew I had to try it. Not bad for week 1 of YA Lit Class!
What did you read this week? Do you have any YA recommendations for me? Let’s talk below…