As this is my first Anticipation entry, marking the novels I’m most looking forward to reading, I thought it was only fitting to shine the spotlight on a January 2012 debut.
Marissa Meyer is not only a new addition to the Macmillan family, but also a ridiculously talented author. The cover of her debut novel CINDER was unveiled on the Macmillan Kids blog earlier today, and it is a beautiful rendition:
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. In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.
I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a gorgeous and eye-popping cover. The red shoe is a lovely touch, hinting at the twists and turns packed into this retelling of the classic Cinderella. As other bloggers will note, it’ll be interesting to see how the theme carries on for the next three books in the series–Scarlet, Cress and Winter.
I highly encourage you to get to know Marissa and her work!
Cinder will be powering into your local bookstore on January 3, 2012.