The Dragon Whistler

The Dragon Whistler
Now available in paperback.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

There are a gabillion variations of the Cinderella story. Finding a unique spin on the classic tale isn't easy. Somehow, debut author Marissa Meyer has done that with CINDER (Feiwel & Friends, 2012), where our girl isn't just tough, she's made of steel.

Well, at least, partly.

A century after WWIV, New Beijing is a strange and frightening place. Not only is there a deadly plague popping up all over, but there is that nasty race of people living on the Moon to worry about. Cinder is a cyborg — not human, not android. Living somewhere in between, she's earned a reputation as a master mechanic, something that makes her stepmother and eldest step-sister sneer almost as much as her second-class citizen status.

One day, Prince Kai shows up at Cinder's shop with his broken down nanny-droid. Having heard about her talent with fixing things, he's hoping she can do the repairs. Cinder is intrigued with the charismatic heir to the throne, but knows if he realized she wasn't human, he wouldn't spend the effort to flirt with her. Good motivation to keep her robot-side secret.

When Cinder's beloved step-sister (the younger one) becomes infected with the plague, Cinder is heartbroken. Her stepmother blames Cinder -- but she's not sick, and this seems to interest some important people at the palace, like the scientist in charge of finding a cure. Soon entangled in political intrigue between her homeland and the evil Lunars, Cinder's growing feelings for Prince Kai may be her undoing -- if the secrets of her mysterious past don't ruin her first.

Weaving threads of the traditional Cinderella storyline into this futuristic world, CINDER is a fast-paced read -- equal parts dystopian and sci-fi fairytale. This first installment in THE LUNAR CHRONICLES grabs you and buckles you in for the duration. With book two (SCARLET) not coming out until February, it's going to be a long wait to find out what's next for Cinder as Meyer pulls a ONCE UPON A TIME and mingles classic characters. Worthy of fandom status, the series should appeal to fans eager for another series to fill the gaps left by the conclusion of HUNGER GAMES, MAZE RUNNER and TWILIGHT.

(For ages 12 and up.)

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