2/4 Book Signing:”Cinder” Introduces Cyborg Cinderella

3 Feb

WHO: Tacoma author Marissa Meyer
WHAT: Book reading and signing for her debut novel, Cinder
WHERE: Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2pm
ADMISSION: Free. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Put-upon storybook heroines in fiction, fantasy and fairytales have morphed into arresting, razor-sharp superheroines, as Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson’s novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, illustrates. Popular culture embraces this new archetype, whose influence stretches from music, literature and urban street style to the unlikely reaches of the French haute couture, where Givenchy recently encaged models’ faces and necks with sinister “jewels” that evoked the treasures of a future eon, a different galaxy.

Now Tacoma author, Marissa Meyer, has jumped into the fray with Cinder, a young adult novel that recasts the Cinderella story into the future. A press release sets the scene: “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.”

Meyer, 27, is Tacoma-born and raised, and studied creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. Her debut novel is the first installment of a four-piece series (all based on classic tales) called The Lunar Chronicles: the package deal sold at auction for $800,000, and Cinder reached the New York Times Best-Sellers List (in Children’s Chapter Books) within two weeks of its Jan. 3 publication. Buzz about a movie is in the works. Talk about fairytale endings (and beginnings!).

Kristy Gale, Teen Librarian at the Tacoma Public Library says Cinder has the makings of a blockbuster: “Meyer breathes new life into the Cinderella story with her novel, Cinder. It’s a dystopian novel which is a genre/sub-genre that teens (and adults) can’t get enough of at the moment. As a protagonist, Cinder is real. She is independent, susceptible to falling in love, but it doesn’t consume her.” You can hear Meyer read from her book at the Wheelock Library tomorrow, Feb. 4, at 2pm. Copies of Cinder will be available for purchase and signing. Congratulations, Marissa!
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