Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles Hardcover – Jan 3 2012
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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 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!Read more ›
Cinder is so unlike every heroine you have ever read about, sarcastic, not afraid to get dirty, can be grumpy and isn't fully human…
I debated between a 4 or 5 star rating, but this is honestly one of the most exciting books I've read this year, and the fact that I sat down and read the whole thing in less than 24 hours is a huge plus.
The truth is, the cover is what initially made me grab this book. I thought it was beautiful. But then I read the synopsis and I'm thinking "okay future Beijing, plague, cyborgs, aliens, and Cinderella? How is this going to work without being ridiculous?" But Meyer totally pulls it off.
The characters were interesting, the story kept me reading straight on through for hours. The modern take on a classic story was refreshing without being cliche. Cinder was a strong main character who kept me rooting for her.
I am so thankful I bought all the books out so far because I've jumped right into Scarlet.
This series is something new. It's a refreshing thing to read, especially in Young Adult fiction. I am so pleasantly surprised by this book.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Couldn't put it down, neither could my mother. Has a wonderful new twist on the classic fairy tale.
I loved this book! It was so creative, funny and such a unique twist. plus it was fast paced. I am not huge on the sci fi genre but this book was excellent because it was part... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brittney Little
I love reading revised fairy tales. Cinder doesn't disappoint. The story is complete with an evil step -mother & even a handsome prince. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CD Ferr
This book is good if you want a light, exciting read. It was good enough that I didn't want to put it down, but I didn't find myself fiercely attached to any of the characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Danielle Lau
this book should be read by all. Mix of all genres. Super cool! This book is so action packed. I read this a while ago and still in ahh about it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tim Young
Technology is moving fast into the 21st century. We have developed modernize agriculture, as well as smart phones you can wear as a watch. Read morePublished 11 months ago by TeenageRead
I approached this series with caution. While I'm a HUGE fan of the twisted fairytale genre, I've read my fair share of poor takes on the Cinderella story in particular. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Geekgirl1969
A fairytale retelling about a cyborg? I AM SO IN!
Even though I guessed the end pretty early in the book, I really enjoyed reading this!! Read more