A clever reimagining of an oft-retold fairy tale: a cyborg Cinderella with too small feet? With an android fairy godmother? Cinder lives in the futuristic Eastern Commonwealth, working as a mechanic with her trusty android, Iko, by her side. When the handsome Crown Prince Kai visits her stall, Cinder gets pulled into a conspiracy involving the villainous Lunar Kingdom, the deadly plague that took her stepfather and stepsister, and a missing moon princess. Fresh and imaginative, this is one of the top debuts of 2012, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment.
“The story of Cinderella turned on its head and given a futuristic twist, Cinder is exciting, entertaining, and engaging. A plague is sweeping across Earth and there is no cure, the people of the Moon want to conquer Earth, and the annual Ball is coming in New Beijing. Suddenly, Cinder finds herself embroiled in all three events and she may hold the key to the future survival of Earth. This is the first volume of a planned quartet. I can't wait for the next book!”
— Ellen Richmond, Children's Book Cellar, Waterville, ME