In my free moments, I've been zipping through some YA lit...when I can tear myself away from Scrabble - the computer's scared of me now! My favorite was a dystopian, sci-fi, fairytale novel called CINDER by Marissa Meyer.
Cinderella is a cyborg.
She's also a mechanic - the best in New Bejing.
'Cause she's in Asia (called the Eastern Commonwealth in her times).
Prince Kai is the son of the Emperor.
There are Lunar people (who really live on the moon).
There's a sort of futuristic "Bubonic" plague sweeping the planet.
Her evil stepmother volunteers her body for plague research.
Did I mention that Cinder's best friend is a sassy android?
If you're not already putting this in your Amazon wishlist, did I mention that it follows the fairytale just enough to remind us it's Cinderella? Or that she loses her cyborg foot at the ball, not just her shoe? I love the twists and turns of the story, the adorable characters (I love villains too, when they are so detestable), and a fabulous world, full of gadgets, yet smelling of yummy Chinese food. It was also romantic in a sweet way, without being too hormone-ridden (if you know what I mean ;) I can't wait for the next three books, which will be coming out over the next couple years. They're going to be focused on Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Rapunzel!
The author, Marissa Meyer, was also at the WriteOnCon conference last week with a vlog on starting a new project that I found really ell-thought through and helpful. Go here to watch it. Here's more about her, by the way. Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author
of CINDER: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles. She’s a fan of most things
geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that encourages costumes), and
has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid. She may or may
not be a cyborg.
Also wanted to mention the winners of the WHAT IF fairytale blogfest. Thanks to hosts, Morgan ShamyMark Koopmans, Cassie Mae, and Leigh Covington for a great time and felicitations the winners! Comedy Plot Twist Tragedy Love story