Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. 2012. New York: Square Fish, 2013. ISBN-13: 9781250007209. Hardcover List Price: $19.99. Paperback List Price: $9.99.
This is a book I first read when the paperback came out in 2013, and while I enjoyed it, I did not feel fully invested in the series at the time. Now that all the books are out, however, and thanks to the nudging of a friend of a friend who lent me Scarlet, I picked this up again.
Meyer’s world building is exemplary, establishing a futuristic society that has both critical distance from the present day in terms of the time that has passed and the technology innovations that have occurred, but remains relatable, making one of the central problems a worldwide pandemic comparable to plagues like the Black Death, and issues like racism and classism.
Cinder is a wonderful, unique heroine, particularly for Cinderella retellings. I love that the story focused just as much on giving her a past that fits her into the world in a deeper way, while also incorporating the important elements of the Cinderella tale.