Growing up I’ll admit that I saw Cinderella a ton and thought that it was fairly basic: she wanted to go to the ball, dance with the prince, and that was about it. Holy crap is there so much more to the story though? Disney does a number on you. 😅
Cinderella is Dead is a futuristic fairy tale retelling that sounds like a) a 👀 wow queer story (thank you) b) a kind of dystopian twist on the classic story? I’m curious how the original story, in this world at least, goes from something that is theoretically romantic to a place where girls are ostensibly being slaughtered if they’re not chosen by the man at the ball.
Does not chosen mean slaughtered? It says their lives are forfeit so that’s a little unclear at the moment, but it’s pretty ominous whatever it means.
Let’s talk for a minute about the COVER. The one I chose to feature in this post is the UK cover because it screams CINDERELLA just a bit more to me than the US cover. Both are 100% gorgeous, don’t get me wrong. I think the blue background and hair accents really tip it over the edge into 😍 territory.
Published: 7 July (US)/6 August (UK) 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Genre(s): Fantasy/Young Adult/LGBTQ+/Retellings
It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.
Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball … are forfeited.
But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world …
An electrifying twist on the classic fairytale that will inspire girls to break out of limiting stereotypes and follow their dreams!