Cinder is a cyborg living in the futuristic New Beijing where cyborgs and robots are treated as second-class citizens. She lives with her stepmother, who basically owns her, and her two stepsisters (sound familiar yet?). As a skilled mechanic, she dreams of earning enough money to some day escape. This all changes when the details of her mysterious past begin to surface, and she suddenly finds that her life is threatened by a horrible secret. As you probably guessed there is also a handsome prince and a fair amount of drama associated with him.
Now before you start rolling your eyes behind your computer screen let me ask you one question. How much do you really hate Cinderella stories?
I feel like we go around saying Cinderella stories are so cliched, but then we keep writing and reading them. No matter how much we are tired of the cliche we also love its familiarity. We love to hear stories about the underdog who manages to make her dreams come true. We also love pretty dresses and princes on white horses. Put these two things together and you have a Cinderella story!
|But really, the pretty dress is important!|
So, in some ways Cinder is just another Cinderella stories, but it is also highlights important issues that will follow human society. Plus let's be honest, cyborgs are so cool.