Synopsis of Cinder
A thousand years in the future in New Beijing Cinder works in her mechanic shop when Prince Kai appears with a broken android assistant in need of some help. Cinder’s friendship with Kai deepens while spending time at the palace after being drafted to help with plague research. Politics, a plague, and a conspiracy theory help round out and bring dimension to a well-loved story.
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This series is a futuristic, steampunk, fairy-tale retelling. I am a huge fan of fairy-tale remixes like Beastly by Alex Flinn, Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George and so many others. For a longer list of my favorite stories with princesses and fairytales check out 10 Books to Read if You Liked Princess Academy: Princess to Empower Girls. The Lunar Chronicles are awesome for grades 6+ because of language (mild profanity) and some intense action sequences.