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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles Hardcover – Jan 3 2012

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312641893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312641894
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Reviews

“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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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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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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OK, is there anyone else out there who thinks that Cinder is another story for Sailor Moon?!?!?! Maybe it's just me because I LOVE Sailor Moon, but come on!!! A lost princess of the Moon, brought to Earth, but doesn't know her true identity??? The people of the Moon are referred to as Luna, an evil Queen plots to take over the moon, and tries to force the handsome Early Prince to marry her... no? Just me? Fiiiiiiine.

Either way, this book was AWESOME! I now know what everyone has been talking about.

Cinder is the story of a girl whose tragic past has forced her to be rebuilt as a Cyborg. She was involved in an accident that should have killed her. She has no memory of anything that happened to her before the age of 11. She was adopted by a man who was almost immediately killed by the Plague disease which is spreading all over earth. Cinder didn't even get a chance to meet her would be adopted-father. She is left in the custody of her "Step-Mother" and "Step-Sisters" (I get that we are trying to follow the story arc of Cinderella here, but I'm not sure why they are Step, as she is not related to either Parent.) Her Step-Mother, Adri, loathes Cinder. She blames her for all her misfortunes in her life, and has Cinder do most of the bread winning for the family. Her eldest sister, Pearl is of the same stock, but the younger girl, Peony, doesn't care that Cinder is not her real sister, or that she is Cyborg. They love each other.

Cinder is a very talented mechanic, probably being over 30% machine herself helps, and it is because of her strong reputation that brings Prince Kai into her life. He has a android that is in desperate need of repair, although he won`t say why.
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Technology is moving fast into the 21st century. We have developed modernize agriculture, as well as smart phones you can wear as a watch. It makes sense that in the future our technology will start to improve ourselves, starting with cyborgs. After terrible accidents people can replace lost limbs with a mechanical one that (connected to your brain) will do the exact same thing the real body part did. With this new age technology, it can be used for good, yet also for evil.

Cinder is a cyborg. After a horrible car accident, she was left with a few good body parts; the rest was replaced by metal. Becoming a cyborg at age eleven Cinder does not remember anything before the accident, except that it killed her parents. Later she was adopted by Linh Garan, who took her out of Europe to New Beijing, where his wife and two daughters live. After living with the family for a few days, Garan fell ill with the plague (called letumosis) and was taken away, leaving his wife, and now three daughters to fend for themselves. The mother, Adri, hated her new cyborg stepdaughter, blaming her for the death of her husband. Cinder wanting to prove useful to the family became an excellent mechanic. The family relied on Cinder for income, while secretly hating her, all except the youngest daughter Peony. Cinder who if not for the Linh family would be alone back in Europe, instead she spent her time at the market, planning on her escape.

Cinder is now sixteen years old, and have been living in New Beijing for over five years. The market where she and her android (a type of personal robot) Iko spent their days. They days blend into each other until one faithful day. Prince Kai, the handsome young prince who’s farther suffering from letumosis, came to Cinder’s stand asking her to fix his android.
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