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This week I read Cinder, a fantastical science fiction novel. It’s a futuristic twisted fairy-tale and it just drew me in. The story revolves around a young girl called Cinder who is a cyborg. She is ashamed of being half robot so she hides it, her metal hand under gloves she never takes off, her rusty foot under covered-up shoes. She works as a mechanic in the city and has built up an impressive reputation, of course, being half-robot herself and having to repair her own system has helped contribute to her mechanic professionalism. Just like your average Cinderella, she lives with two stepsisters and her stepmother, but the difference is, she actually likes one of her sisters.

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Suddenly, that sister she cares so much about is infected with the plague, a sickness that’s been killing cyborgs and humans alike for quite some time. Cinder’s sister soon dies, too infected with the plague. Overcomed with grief, Cinder’s stepmom blames Cinder for the death of her daughter and volunteers Cinder to be a test subject for antidotes of the plague, an “honour” nobody has survived. Along the way, Cinder uncovers dark secrets, such as being immune to the plague, and meets new friends… This story was so engaging I immediately went back to the library to hoard all the books in the series, and within two weeks I had finished all of them. My suggestion is, if you love twisted fairy tales and maybe a bit of sci-fi, THIS IS THE SERIES FOR YOU!! I strongly recommend it and it has become one of my favourite books. 🙂