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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312641893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312641894
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.4 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,852 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darlene TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 1 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By panaura on Jan. 13 2012
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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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I’m a little late to the game with this, as I was a little hesitant to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I really like this trend of reimagining fairy tales, but I was worried this would just regurgitate the Cinderella story without really any extra creativity. But a bunch of my friends really enjoyed the series so I thought I’d give it a try.

I was really disappointed by page 50, when I saw the entire story laid out for me already. Part ​of​ me wanted to call it quits, I hate catching on to things so quickly, but I did like the android component and the angle that Meyer came at the familiar story, so I pressed on.

​For a familiar fairy tale, Cinder actually stood apart from the Cinderella story. All the important elements are there (a prince, a ball, an evil step mother etc.), but ​​surrounding these events is very much an original sci-fi​ story that is, sadly, predictable but is also completely enjoyable despite that.

The characters are strong, the story flows well, I read this really quickly and easily. If you’re looking for a light and fun read, this will do you well. It’s just one of those books that are pure and solid entertainment and I can’t wait to read the rest.

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The story gives me a Star Wars vibe, which I love! Cinder is totally Luke Skywalker and her sidekick Iko reminds me of R2D2. The prince, by default, would have to be Princess Leia (sorry, Prince Kei). And Levana, the Lunar Queen, is Cinder’s version of Darth Vader. The Lunar is a race that lives on the moon and is waiting for their moment to strike Earth to gain power.

I would definitely deem Cinder as a strong female character. She lives her life on her own terms after she breaks free from her stepmother. She has a little bit of spunk too. I adored the scenes she had with the Doctor (one of my favourite characters in the whole book, even though he’s only a side character), mostly making sarcastic remarks (especially the one about the sex change – read the book and you’ll probably laugh out loud too). She is a loving character too. She has a sweet relationship with her youngest stepsister and with her sidekick robot Iko.

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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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