retelling · Sci-Fi · YA

Cinder: Cyborg Rusty Screw

Cinder by Marissa Meyer11235712

Cinder is a classic Cinderella fairytale with a futuristic twist. In addition to serving her nasty stepmother, Cinder is a cyborg who’s more likely to leave behind a whole prosthetic foot than just a shoe.

Tinkering with her cyborg parts, the family droid Iko, and anything else she can get her hands on, has lead Cinder to become the best mechanic in New Beijing. Even though she doesn’t have the fanciest of tools, her intelligence and determination more than make up for it. You’ll feel right at home in Cinder’s repair shop with this twist on the classic rusty nail.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 highball glasses

Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

“Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon a Time.” – Marissa Meyer, Cinder

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Cyborg Rusty Screw

  • 0.75 oz drambuie
  • 1.5 oz  whiskey (preferably a smoky variety, this is Cinder after all)
  • Garnish with a cherry

Fill a highball glass about 1/3 full with water and freeze at an angle to form ice in a wedge shape. Once water is frozen, pour whiskey and drambuie over ice and garnish with a cherry.

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