Cinderella: From History to Fairytale to Sci-Fi

Rhiann Deschine, Staff Reporter

The first written story of Cinderella was written by a historian called Herodotus of Halicarnassus in Greece around 431 B.C. This inspired many other cultures’ stories, became a classic, turned into the child friendly movie and transitioned into modern novels we have today. One of those novels, Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles), follows the “Cinderella concept” as a science fiction series by Marissa Meyer.

Cinder is an imaginative book that puts a beloved fairy tale into a futuristic world where humans and androids live together. Linh Cinder, the protagonist, is a 16-year-old mechanic and cyborg–cyborgs are the outlier as people don’t see them as human, or fully human. The story follows Cinder as she’s visited by Prince Kai to fix an important android and ends up being an outlaw that has to save Earth from Levana, the tyrannical Lunar Queen of the moon people.

The Lunar Chronicles doesn’t stop at Cinderella; it goes on to Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. If you need a science fiction book and you love fairy tales, then this is the series for you. 

I give this book 5 Paws out of 5.