A retelling of the classic Cinderella fairytale, this story is more than just a girl with a mean stepmother and a fancy ball she wants to attend. Cinder is a tough heroine determined to change her life and escape her stepmother's control; a plan that gets thrown off course when Cinder learns she's no ordinary cyborg. The author's intricate descriptions of Cinder's machinery, the vivid details of the futuristic New Beijing setting and an adventure-packed plot will satisfy readers looking for a unique story. An outstanding debut, this series starter will leave readers clamoring for more Meyer!

In New Beijing, cyborgs are considered second-class citizens, and Cinder is no exception. She is living under the thumb of her wicked stepmother and working as a talented android mechanic and all the while planning her escape from servitude. But Cinder’s life changes forever when Prince Kai asks her to repair one of his robots. However before Cinder can get the job done, her stepmother volunteers her to be used as a test subject for a vaccine for a deadly virus. Cinder is sure her fate as scrap metal is sealed and she will fail her Prince. But when doctors discover a shocking truth about Cinder’s genetic makeup, it turns out that she may be the only hope for her country’s survival and preventing an evil alien queen from overthrowing the monarchy. (FEIWEL & FRIENDS, Jan., 400 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 0312641893, 12 & Up)

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