Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon a Time
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Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.
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Cinder is an incredibly clever book. I never thought I'd enjoy reading about Cyborgs and Androids, never mind Lunar people, but I absolutely loved this book.
I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that there was also a short story that acts as a prequel called Glitches which you can view over here. I am not sure whether it is better to read before or after, but if you like to know a bit about a story before reading it, then go ahead and read Glitches first, it doesn't give away so much that you find Cinder is ruined for you.
If you loved fairy tales, but think you're a bit too grown up for them now, give Cinder a try - let your inner child dream again.