Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Length: 10 hours, 6 minutes
Summary (from Goodreads): A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator–set in a Star Wars kind of world–Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella
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.
Looking for a way to tackle your TBR? Cinder is a fantastic retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. The villain will put you under her spell while Rebecca Soler reenacts the book with superb finesse.
Cinder is one of the best retellings that I have ever listened to! It loosely follows the plot of Cinderella, but is set in the future where a deadly plague is going around. I love how the main character, Cinder, is not a human, but a cyborg who is rejected by society. With such a creative storyline, Marissa Meyer has created a classic of her own.
A Cinderella retelling wouldn’t be complete without an incredible villain. Queen Levana, queen of Luna, possesses powers that allow her to control minds. She is described as beautiful, but she is able to trick humans into seeing her as pretty. Queen Levana’s character is so well developed that the listener will be able to feel a real hatred towards her.
In Cinder, there are androids that assist the citizens of New Beijing, where the story takes place. Rebecca Soler has captured the voice of those robots so perfectly that it makes the story so believable! I really enjoyed how she uses so much expression to really help the listener understand the events in the book. I find it hard to stick with an audiobook that does not have a captivating narrator. Soler has one of those unique abilities to take a fantastic story and bring it to life.
If you haven’t read Cinder yet or would like to reread it, I highly suggest listening to this incredible audio version. The book and narration are perfectly matched. Listeners will be left in awe at this unique spin on an old tale.