Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Feiwel & Friends, 2012
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. –from the publisher
Start some conversation with these discussion prompts:
- What could the alienation or exclusion of cyborgs translate to in our society?
- Choose a different fairy tale. How would you set it the future?
- What diseases in our world’s history does the plague in Cinder reflect?