My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In my quest to find books about amputees (both fictional and non-fiction) I have discovered a wonderfully entertaining young adult, sci-fi novel by Marissa Meyer called, “Cinder.” Loosely based on the traditional fairy tale of Cinderella this retelling involves a futuristic world struggling to deal with many of the issues we face today.
Cinder is a cyborg; or as I’d rather call her an amputee. She has a prosthetic foot and hand. She was adopted by man who promptly died and left her with his wife and two daughters. Much like the childhood story we know, Cinder is treated like a second class citizen in her house. In fact, all cyborgs are less than normal citizens. And through Cinder’s eyes we see how the world treats people who are different.
As an amputee, I can relate to Cinder’s story. She tries to hide who she is to be treated normal. She just wants to fit in. She wants to go with her sisters to the Prince’s ball and dance. But she knows that no matter what she does, her stepmother will never allow it. There are always people who can’t see past the prosthetic to see the real person.
That alone might have made this an interesting story. Yet, Meyer has added both political intrigue and interplanetary threats of war to the mix which turns this novel from a classic fairytale retelling into an exciting science fiction epic.
At the close of this book Cinder learns a bit of her true history which opens up the door to a world of possibilities. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series to see where Meyer takes Cinder and how this impacts the world she lives in.