Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

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In this high-tech take on the Cinderella story, a young cyborg must use her mechanical skills to fight against a plague—while her heart beats for a handsome prince.

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder isn't fully human. She isn't entirely machine, either. She's a hybrid—created in a lab—with technological abilities that make her useful to the dismal village of New Beijing. But she is still treated as an outsider. After learning of her skills, Prince Kai calls on Cinder to repair an old android with a mysterious secret. She hopes this will be the beginning of a change in her fate.

But before Cinder can help the prince—and perhaps get to know him better—letumosis, the blue fever that has been raging worldwide, infects her beloved stepsister. Now her cruel stepmother is sending Cinder off as a cyborg "volunteer" for plague testing. Her only hope for survival is that her heightened mechanical sense will help her defeat this terrible disease. But even if she can, a bigger threat is at hand from an evil otherworldly queen.

Smartly written, this fast-paced drama is a heart-pounding triumph of romance and technology.
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    • Grades: 7 - 12
    • Ages: 13 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-55193-9

Editorial Reviews

"This series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future."
Kirkus Reviews

"[A] fresh spin on 'Cinderella.'"
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