Cinderella is Dead | Kalynn Bayron




Book Review | YA Fantasy

Cinderella is Dead
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again. Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . . This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.




My thoughts





Narrative and Plot








Cinderella is Dead is a YA fantasy set up two hundred years after the princess, Cinderella is dead. The story is told by the main character Sophia. The tone of the book matches her temperament – young and vibrant with rebellion brewing up inside.

The plot was engaging from the start to the end. The idea of rising up against oppression is something that you can easily get behind especially against women. There is intrigue and adventure in the story which makes you want to read more.






Characters and Conflicts






Sophia is an ordinary girl with an inquisitive mind. She questions everything around and could see through the atrocities that were normalized around her. Yet, there are moments where she is vulnerable and tender which makes her feel like a real person. She has a clear idea of what she wants in life and is willing to go any lengths to get the kind of life that she deserves. As far as main characters go, she is definitely easy to root for.



Despite the use of magic , both dark and light, it was interesting to see how Sophia’s character was dealt with. There is a Cinderella -like moment for her at the stroke of midnight but not quite like a fairy tale. This perspective that the happily ever after might be unique to every girl or boy is what sets the story apart.













Cinderella is Dead rewrites the fairy tale and attempts people to think about the analogies that are subtly drawn throughout the story. It sheds light to the very fact that evil exists because good people choose to look away and keep their silence.

It takes courage to stand up for yourself. That is my biggest takeaway from the book. If you’re one of those people – like me – who think it is time we revisited our fairy tales with new lens, then you should definitely pick this one up.




















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