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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312641893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312641894
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,237 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.” ―USAToday.com

“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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Format: Hardcover
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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By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9 2014
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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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 3 2012
Format: Hardcover
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. I had planned not to start any new series this year but I didn't know this was the start of a series until I started to read the book.

This was fabulous! I have to admit that when it really boils down to it I do much prefer science fiction to fantasy, and yet I don't read nearly as much of it. This hit the spot perfectly. A fairytale retelling that goes far beyond the scope of the original fairytale. Meyer has managed to hold onto the basic characters and some major events while throwing the familiar plot out the window to bring us a new version of Cinderella that had me glued to my seat and turning pages almost faster than I could read. Cinder is the dominant character in this book and one fantastic female lead who carries the plot all on her own. I took to her character right away and found her to be very well-written, with genuine feelings and emotion. She is a person who stays true to her own nature no matter how it will affect appearances sake. I also found the dystopian world intriguing. Set in some unknown future, a century after World War IV, the world has changed its political divisions and ruling systems, is different in many ways and yet not so much that it is still a believable possible reality. The book ends looking forwards to the sequel and yet has a satisfying ending for the book in hand. Something I appreciate in series books. One of my favourite reads this year.
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Format: Hardcover
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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