Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Cinder is a mechanical genius in New Beijing. She can fix anything mechanical and her uncanny ability has nothing to at all to do with her being a cyborg. Her reputation brings Prince Kai to her booth in the marketplace. He needs his ancient droid repairs and Cinder is his only hope. Then, Cinder's sister contracts the plague that is killing people all over Earth and dies. Cinder's stepmother volunteers Cinder to be a test subject for the commonwealth - a death sentence. But, it turns out that Cinder has another ability that makes her very unique and valuable to the commonwealth and could lead to her death.
I knew I was going to love this book when I read the author bio on the back flap and saw that she was a Firefly fan. I mean, really, how could a Firefly lover not write an amazing book. And amazing it is. It's a retelling of the Cinderella story but as far from Disney as one could get. Meyer's Cinder is not a meek girl waiting for her prince to come rescue her. Instead, she fights for what she believes in, wants to save her country and tries to rescue her prince. I love this heroine. And Prince Kai wasn't that bad himself.
I can't wait until the next book comes out and I get to see where Meyer is going with these stories.