Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella and follows Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing. She is, however, also a cyborg which is slighly frowned upon in her society. When her stepsister suddenly falls ill, her stepmother blames her for this.
Even though the story is based upon another story, it is a very interesting new concept which I really enjoyed to explore. The world building was done quite well too - it was interesting finding out how things - politics - worked. Moreover, would we look at the themes of Cinder, it is relevant, and applicable to today's society (racism, for example). The themes were perhaps too obvious, though, maybe even too didactic.
I would reccommend this to anyone who is in the mood for a quick, young adult, science fiction read. Just don't expect it to be brilliant and mind-blowing, because half way through, you'll know how it ends.