This is a retelling of Cinderella, but it is a science fiction book. In this book, Cinderella is Cinder, a cyborg, meaning she is half robot, half human. When her only human friend, her younger stepsister, is infected with the plague, an incurable disease, her stepmother angrily volunteers her for plague research. But then scientists discover that she is different from other cyborgs; she has a talent others would kill for: she is immune to the plague. Suddenly, what seemed like a death sentence: her stepmother sending her away, becomes a seeming blessing. Cinder is independent! She attracts the attention of Prince Kai as well. What follows is a suspenseful, amazing, story. I don’t generally like science fiction all that much, but this book was so suspenseful, and original. I’d never heard of a fairy-tale retold as science fiction, and it was a novel concept. This is the first book in a series. And, the book has a stunning ending, leaving you waiting, breathless for the sequel. There is a really basic plot device in the book that I predicted 200 pages before it was revealed. 387 pages, 4.5 stars.

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