My third pick is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I had heard a lot of hype about this book and the rest of the series, and it lived up to the hype! I can’t wait to read the other books! Set in the future, this is an unique take on the Cinderella story.
From the back cover: 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.
Because of the futuristic twists with robot-like androids and space people, I was not sure if it would be a little too ridiculous and crazy, but the characters are well-developed and believable. The story pulled me in, and I had a hard time putting it down. However, this book does not end, so you will have to read the rest of the series to find out what happens to Cinder. If the rest of the books are as good as this one, you will have no problem getting through them all!