by Isabella Macioce
If you are a fan of young adult novels, chances are you’ve read something Dystopian. After all, who can resist books that have such natural action and adventure? Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, and Legend are all excellent examples of a series set in the future where something has gone terribly wrong. However, there are countless more Dystopian novels that are often forgotten in the shadow of some of the previous bestsellers, but are just as enjoyable to read!
A perfect example of a Dystopian novel that gets no where near enough credit is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. A fascinating cross of Science Fiction and Fairy Tale, with a dash of magic, make this series one to remember. Cinder is set in the future, where the moon has been colonized and is now inhabited by “Lunars”, humans that have adapted over time to have strange, deceptive powers, and are always on the brink of invading Earth. The Earthens are forced to live in constant fear of the Lunars, trying to find a way to defend themselves, while fighting their own threats, such as a deadly virus that is quickly spreading across the globe. All in all, the Earth is in trouble, and the Lunars clearly have the upper hand, being somehow immune to the disease that is killing Earthens left and right.
The main character of this is book is named Cinder, a sixteen year old girl living under the rule of a classic fairy tale adoptive mother, which is to say, an evil one. Following only the basic guidelines of ‘Cinderella’, as to keep it original, Cinder is a mechanic, working day after day to please her mother. As if that wasn’t enough, Cinder was in a hovercraft crash when she was only seven years old. That same crash killed her real parents, and nearly ended her life as well. The only way to save Cinder was to replace her arm and foot and well as key places in her skull and brain with high tech metal and technology. Yes that’s right, Cinderella is a cyborg. How’s that for original? Growing up a cyborg in a world that looks down on them was never easy, and so far Cinders life has been nothing but work and distasteful looks. However, one day she might just stumble upon a certain young emperor, an evil plot, and a secret that will change her life forever. Can she figure everything out before time is up? Can she be the hero shes never thought she could be? Read this fantastic book and find out.
Marissa Meyer, who coincidentally has no relation to Stephanie Meyer (the author of Twilight), is an outstanding author. Every single one of her characters is relatable, original, and admirable. Every plot line unfolds perfectly, while still making the twist and turns unpredictable. Even though these stories (this is a four book series) are based in fairy tales, the leading ladies are anything but damsels in distress, going out there and getting their own happy endings. Fast paced and intriguing this book is guaranteed to keep you on the tips of your toes. The sequels are Scarlet, Cress, and the soon to be released Winter, which follow the separate, yet intertwined destinies of Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. This series is highly recommended to anyone looking for something wonderful to read, and can be found in our very own Santa Barbara Junior High Library. A five star book such as this should never go unread. Enjoy!