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Marissa Meyer
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Jan. 3 2012 Lunar Chronicles (Book 1)
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.
Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men
Which of your characters is most like you?
I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no—I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naïve side—things that could be said about me too—although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it.
Where do you write?
I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?
Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued.
The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?
Scarlet is awesome—she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)

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“Singing mice and glass slippers are replaced with snarky androids and mechanical feet in this richly imagined and darkly subversive retelling of ‘Cinderella.’”—BCCB
"This is one buzzed novel that totally delivers." —Stacked Books Blog
"I absolutely loved Cinder. Marissa took a well known story and created an amazingly fantastic new twist, making this it an all together new story." —Between the Covers Blog
"Cinder is loads of fun—mostly due to seeing a familiar story play out in a new setting, but Cinder herself is also a tough, smart, mouthy, resourceful heroine, so spending almost 400 pages with her is completely enjoyable—and I'm totally, totally looking forward to the next one in the series." —Bookshelves of Doom
"Terrific." —Los Angeles Times
“Author Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on Cinderella.” –The Seattle Times

"Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry." --Horn Book Magazine 

“What they [readers] do not know until they begin turning the pages of this fable-turned-dystopian-science-fiction novel, is that Meyer’s embellishments create a spellbinding story of their own.”–VOYA

"First in the Lunar Chronicles series, this futuristic twist on Cinderella retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But debut author Meyer’s brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Fairy tales are becoming all the rage, with the TV shows Once Upon a Time and Grimm spinning them through a modern filter. The 26-year-old Meyer's debut novel Cinder, though, combines a classic folk tale with hints of The Terminator and Star Wars in the first book of The Lunar Chronicles young-adult series due out Jan. 3.” –

Cinderella is a cyborg in this futuristic take on the fairy tale, the first book in Ms. Meyer's planned ‘Lunar Chronicles’ series.” –Wall Street Journal, in a round-up called “After Harry Potter: The Search for the Magic Formula”

“…this series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future.” –Kirkus

“There’s a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on “Cinderella,” the first in a four-book series.” –Booklist

About the Author

Marissa Meyer was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, home of Almond Roca and Stadium High School, which was made famous when Heath Ledger danced down the stadium steps in 10 Things I Hate About You. Marissa didn't actually go to Stadium High School, but she did attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband. Cinder is her YA debut.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I loved this modern retelling of Cinderella! It has been nominated for the ALA Teens' Top Ten Award for 2012.

I love fairy tales, and I have to admit that I was initially skeptical when I heard about a Cyborg Cinderella. I thought that the story would be too high-tech for me or just too weird. I was wrong! I loved it!!

The story takes place in the future after World War IV. Linh Cinder was originally from Europe, and she was involved in a horrific car accident at the age of 11 years which tragically killed her parents. Seriously injured, she had to undergo numerous operations and procedures and some cyborg parts were needed to replaced her human parts that were no longer working. She is approximately 35% cyborg. From outward appearances, she appears human because skin has been grafted onto some of her visible parts. Cinder has no recollection of her life before the accident, and she was told that the part of her brain that is responsible for memory suffered some injuries.

Cinder is brought to New Beijing by Linh Garan, who is a scientist who had been working on a cyborg prototype. Unfortunately, he dies and Cinder is left in the care of her step-mother, Linh Adri, who never wanted her in the first place! Her elder step-sister, Linh Pearl, is equally mean to her. The only one who is nice to her is her younger step-sister, Linh Peony.

Cinder spends her days slaving away in her booth in the market square, where she works as a mechanic fixing anything that is electrical in nature. One day, she is visited by the Emperor's son, Prince Kai, who brings a cyborg to her to be fixed. I loved the banter between Cinder and Kai, who becomes smitten with Cinder!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Dystopian Jan. 13 2012
By panaura
I picked up this book on a whim. Reading about cyborgs is not really my thing, but I do love dystopian societies. And wow, was I ever pleasantly surprised! The writing was great, the characters were loveable and I can't wait for book two! Marissa Meyer did a fabulous job of integrating the classic Cinderella plot into a futurist society. It wasn't the least bit corny. Definitely read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH an amazing series! March 23 2014
I can't believe it took me this long to read this series!!! People have literally been telling me since the day it came out that I should add the series to my list. But you know how sometimes there are just those books that everyone loves that you just say ...meh, it's not for me? DON'T say that about this series!! I really wish I had listened to everyone who told me to read this sooner so that I could have participated in the excitement over the recent release of Cress, the third (of four) titles in The Lunar Chronicles.

Since this is a review of the first three books (I read them one after the other - that's how much I liked them), I don't want to give away any plot spoilers because I want EVERYONE to read them, so I'm just going to stick to some general things I loved about these books.

For those who don't know the series, the books are based on a future version of Earth where a plague continues to weaken humans who live in fear of their Lunar neighbours, a group of humans who live on the moon and have evolved into a strange and powerful people. Cinder is just a poor cyborg mechanic who gets swept up into the search for a cure due to the secrets of her past.

There are few books that make me fall in love with all the characters as a group (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Graceling) and make me want to be friends with all of them. This series did this effortlessly. Meyer has 7 main characters by the end of the 3rd book, and I love their interactions with each other. They are all so hilarious together and their little quips and retorts had me snorting in even the most serious scenes.

Another thing I love about this series is how everything is foreshadowed and how it all works together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have a crush! March 9 2014
By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Some of you know of the hell I went through leading up to reading this book. I won it a couple of years back. The blogger never sent it to me claiming she could't afford it... my thought was why run a giveaway then?! Any way, after pining for two years I finally broke down and spent a small fortune for a kindle copy.
It was worth every hard conversation and penny! I'm so glad I finally got to read this book. It is definitely the best fairy tale re-telling I have ever read!
I have a girl crush on Cinder. Seriously, she has it all! She's smart, tough, and someone to admire. I'm so happy this updated version of Cinderella can kick butt and take names! She has a knack for mechanical things that is uber-groovy too! Especially for Steampunk/Sci-fi fans. This story really takes Cinderella to a whole new level. I can see why so many people love the book, though it was highly predictable. That didn't ruin a thing.
I can't wait to read Scarlet! Might be time to spend a small fortune again.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique re-telling Feb. 16 2014
I’ll give you one guess on which fairy tale this one vaguely mimics. The future is New Beijing and the Emporer is having a ball. Guess who’s invited?

The cyborg idea is great with an almost 'Battlestar Galactica' prejudice toward them, even though they’re not full blown robots. That’s one thing I wasn’t really buying. A cyborg is still part human and it was hinted it would cost a lot of money to be one. Why would someone pay to be considered a second class citizen? Seems being fully human without the aid of robotics is better for your social standings.

Anyway, back to the good stuff and out of my nerdy over-analyzation of cyborgs.

The book was a great concept for following some pretty big glass slippers. The characters were really well developed in their personalities. Cinder, is an endearing character, who's strong-willed with few complaints regarding her unfair life. She knows this is how things are and she doesn’t try to change them, though she doesn’t let it beat her down either. When a plague and the visit from an intense alien race is invited in, the story takes a leap from Cinderella and into one all its own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Pretty decent book, already bought the second one of the series, different spin on a classic fairytale, fast read though.
Published 2 months ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
It was definitely a new spin on the old childhood favorite about the mysterious young girl with a missing shoe, I loved every minute of it!!
Published 7 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS
What a fantastic book! There are a lot of re-makes of fairy tales, and Cinderella is a story that inspires a lot of novels and series. Usually, they're not that good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sofie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella for the new millennia
If this were any other book, I would think it was too predictable, but this is a futuristic Cinderella - the basic plot has to be predictable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Books and Bindings Review
My first impression when I first heard about Cinder was “What?! Cinderella? A Cyborg? No way! I have to read this. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrea K.
4.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi Cinderella story
Within the first couple chapters I thought to myself, I hope this isn't going to be stupid. Mainly because sc-fi novels are not normally my thing. Yet I could not put it down! Read more
Published 11 months ago by AEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Play on an Old Fairytale
I'm not sure why I put off reading this book for so long. Maybe because Cinderella isn't my favorite fairy tale. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Coreena McBurnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyborg Cinderella
Reason for Reading: Upon reading the summary, I knew this book was for me as it had everything I'd love in a YA novel: fairytale retelling, sci-fi, cyborg, and dystopia. Read more
Published on April 3 2012 by Nicola Manning-Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Unique!
This book has a fascinating and unique story. The elements of the Cinderella story are wound into the book in a charming manner but they do not dominate the book. Read more
Published on March 27 2012 by LindsayT
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