Her room was a bright shade of
pink and seemed to be drowning in toys and stuffed animals, most of which was
also pink. The only thing that didn’t resemble the unnaturally bright shade was
a small stuffed brown bear with a yellow bow tied around it’s neck that often
sat on her bed – her very first gift from her parents from just after she was
Kai leads his daughter to her
bed and she flings herself onto it, quickly scrambling to get under the – pink
– blankets. She tucks her brown bear into her side and looks up at him with her
hands curled at her chin and her wide eyes patiently waiting for him to sit
down and begin.
Bedtime stories with Tara. His
favourite time of the day.
Kai balances himself on the
edge of his daughter’s bed, wiggling a little to get comfortable and make her
laugh, and asks kindly, “What story will I be telling tonight?”
“Can you tell me the story of
the princess and the prince tonight, daddy?” Tara squeaks out in a small voice.
Every night when she asks Kai for a story, she always does so in a tiny voice
that he can barely hear. Kai had asked her once why she was so afraid to ask
him to tell her a story, and she had replied that she was afraid he wouldn’t
know the story and because of that she wouldn’t get to hear the story she
wanted. The Emperor of the Eastern Commonwealth had then proceeded to spend
every spare minute he had reading every children’s story he could get his hands
“Which princess and prince
would that be, sweetie?”
Tara says a little more loudly
than her previous sentence— and sounding very proud of herself— “I don’t think
you will know this prince and princess because we learnt about them in school
Kai visibly panics for a
moment, but reins it in so he looks calm on the outside. He’s never not known a
bedtime story for Tara, whether is be about dragons and knights and princesses
locked in towers, or mermaids in underwater kingdoms, or even that really weird
one about a girl who falls down a hole and into another world. He has always known the bedtime stories that
she wants him to tell. But what happens if he doesn’t know this one? Will Tara
stop wanting him to tell her bedtime stories?
It turns out that his worry is
for nothing, because she answers, “Princess Selene and Prince Kaito!”
There are so many reasons to love Cinder and the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: science fiction, adventure, fairy tale retellings. No matter what draws you to Cinder, there’s a book on this list you’ll enjoy.
ADVENTURES IN SPACE
Dove Arising by Karen Bao
Complicated relations between Earth and colonies on the Moon, a driven, capable protagonist, and a hint of romance make this sci-fi debut perfect for fans of Cinder.
Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta
In this far future space adventure, Cade teams up with a gang of outlaws to find a boy who might be the key to curing humans of a debilitating illness – and to learning more about her own identity.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Think Titanic – in space. Lilac and Tarver are the only survivors of a spaceship that crashes. This one is perfect who want a space adventure with a lot of romance!
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Space travel to a distant planet, a crash landing, alien encounters, and revenge: the perfect mix for those looking for a true sci-fi story.
Scan by Walter Jury and Sara Fine
Readers who love action-packed, plot-driven novels should check out Scan, an aliens-on-Earth thriller.
Avalon by Mindi Arnett
In this space adventure, Jeth only cares about one thing: earning enough money to buy back his parent’s spaceship from his crime boss so he and his sister can have a new life. When he’s given the task of salvaging a ship that contains a dangerous weapon, he has to decide how far his crew will go to earn their freedom. With lots of action, this book is sure to please fans of Cinder.
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
In a far future world, Jarra is abandoned on the wasteland Earth because of a disability that prevents her from surviving on another planet. When she joins an archaeology class to prove she’s just as capable as others. With interesting details, a strong heroine, and dashes of humor, this teen favorite will be a hit with fans of Cinder.
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
Ava lives on a conservative spaceship where men rule and women have no power. When she inadvertently transgresses social rules, she opts to escape to a scarred Earth rather than face her punishment: death. This is a thought-provoking science fiction novel that will appeal to readers who looking for a more literary story.
SCI FI RETELLINGS
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheenan
A futuristic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, this novel is full of surprising plot twists and romance.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
This post-apocalyptic re-imagining of Jane Austen’s Persuasion examines class, friendship, loyalty, and love in a world that has been devastated by genetic experiments.
Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis
This futuristic retelling of Snow White is perfect for readers who enjoy gritty stories with clever characters. Like Cinder, it blends elements of the original fairy tale in a science fiction setting.
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
This isn’t the “Alice” you knew. Beddor tells the “real” tale of Wonderland in an action-pack, steampunk-y adventure.
Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury
Readers looking to explore sci-fi retellings outside of YA lit should check out these novellas. “Leviathan ‘99” reimagines Moby Dick…in space.
Foundation by Issac Asimov
Asimov was a real scientist, and his sci-fi books are classics. Foundation was inspired by The Fall of the Roman Empire, and is perfect for readers who want to explore the “foundational” texts on which modern science fiction is built.
TWISTED FAIRY TALES
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
This noir-mystery borrows many characters and tropes from Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales. With lots of action and a tinge of the supernatural, this novel story will delight those who like their fairy tales dark, gritty, and fast-paced.
Dorothy Must Die by D. M. Paige
This novel is a new spin on the classic The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy has become a cruel dictator and must be overthrown. With lots of action, plot twists, and gruesome scenes, this novel is a lot of fun.
Splintered by A. G. Howards
Readers who want to fall down a rabbit hole and discover another world will this re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland. Alyssa, a descendent of the Alice that inspired Lewis Carroll’s story, is drawn back into Wonderland to reverse a curse on her family.
Scarlet by A. G. Gaughen
This novel is about a different Scarlet than the Little Red Riding Hood inspired character from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. This is a Robin Hood retelling, and while it features a historical setting and a heavy vernacular, the spunky heroine will appeal to fans of Cinder.
Nameless by Lili St. Crow
Readers who love how The Lunar Chronicles brings characters from so many fairy tales into the same story will enjoy this series.The first, Nameless, is a dark paranormal retelling of Snow White and brings in characters from Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. Instead of science fiction, these are horror novels.
The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
In rich prose, this novel explores traditional folklore tropes in a complex, layered plot. Is there really something supernatural out in the woods, preying on people, or is there a logical explanation?
Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi
In the future, fossil fuels are scarce, and kids like Nailer scavenge old ships on the Gulf Coast to survive. When he finds a stash of oil, he thinks he’s made a lucky strike and can finally live a better life, but a girl on board complicates matters. This dark, richly imagined story is compelling, and readers who appreciate complex world-building will enjoy it.
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Like Cinder, this novel is set in a future where the world struggles with class division and the role of technology in society. While this novel is less plot-driven and more thought-provoking, it will still appeal to many fans of Marissa Meyer because of the similarity in themes.
yay, another commissioned piece for the ever-supercalifragilistic khirsah!!! \o/ it’s for her fairy tale Dragon Age fic, as the world falls down. she wanted a triptych (one drawing for each night over which the story unfolds), and this is the first night! Much more tame than the next two will be. ;} Go check the story out!!!
I like it - We The Kings // all the same - Sick Puppies // fall for you - Secondhand Serenade //kids in love (acoustic) - Mayday Parade //dark blue - Jack’s Mannequin // stacy’s mom - Fountains of Wayne // what’s my age again? - Blink 182// almost - Bowling for Soup// lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off - Panic! at the disco// a daydream away - All Time Low// the ocean - Tonight Alive// knee socks - Arctic Monkeys// sweater weather - The Neighbourhood // predictable - Good Charlotte // sugar we’re going down - Fall Out Boy // girls - The 1975 // another world - The Vamps // mr. birghtside - The Killers // lego house - Ed Sheeran // teenagers - My Chemical Romance // I miss you - Blink 182 // amnesia - 5sos // all I want - A Day To Remember // brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys // I’m a bore, mostly - Deaf Havana // heartless - The Fray // fresh start fever - You Me At Six // down - Blink 182 // say you like me - We the Kings // bad enough for you - All Time Low