Great Science-Fiction draws on Cinderella tale for captivating read!
Cinder is an interesting combination of a futuristic sci-fi and fairy tale, which, surprisingly, works extremely well. This book makes you look at the common-place Cinderella story in a way you never have before. Set in "New Beijing" the story has stronger ties to the original Chinese Cinderella then the European version which we know better. While the book itself is not rich with educational details, it makes one think. The book does not explicitly tie in to any particular event in history, however, Cinder, being a cyborg, is considered an inferior to the 100% human citizens of New Beijing, and this gets proven in a couple of distressing ways. For example, a deadly plague is sweeping the world, and cyborgs are used a guinea pigs, since they're considered not human -- which they aren't fully, but they still think, feel, and care the way humans do. This raises a few questions that have been very important in history: Is every human a "person"? How should "people" be treated? Is is okay to have citizens who don't have the same rights just because they're different? However, despite these setbacks, Cinder is brave and cares about helping her stepsister, Peony, and friends (what she has of them, that is). There is a strong message of freedom, and the book questions if you are truly safe in a world where being safe may mean that you aren't free. There is minimal violence, however, this book is not suitable for very young readers. A deadly disease kills people quickly, and Cinder is sent -- against her will -- to help them try to find a cure. The Lunar queen kills her subjects, and those who escape don't find a better life on Earth. Sci-fi and fantasy fans alike will enjoy this book as it draws heavily on both.
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Positive role models