Finished Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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.”
This is such a fantastic book and I don’t think any review could do it justice.
It’s incredibly smart and incredibly feminist (I’m pretty sure that any book that’s described that way is a book that I’ll immediately want to read). And Sophie is wonderful. She’s Black and queer and is determined to change the status quo in her city and its kingdom. Women are treated horribly; they’re the property of their husbands. It’s been that way since Cinderella’s time, but Sophie knows that tradition is a horrible reason to do anything.
And it won’t surprise you to learn that, while Cinderella’s story is true, there are two different versions: the official, palace-approved one and the one that’s actually true.
This is a phenomenal book and I love everything about it. Highly recommended.