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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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Cinder
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4.3 / 5
Why did I wait so long?
February 19th, 2015
I have been avoiding this series for who know how long because I didn't think I would latch onto the story and I was starting g to believe that there wasn't anyone who could bring a fresh look to this old tale, but color me WRONG! The adaptation on Cinderella to this futuristic masterpiece is breathtaking. The ties to it original folklore are so finely woven into unique environments and characters that it becomes this beauty blend of the old without suffocating us with the similarities. Cinder is a hero we don't see much of in this type of setting, we go from a beautiful maiden that is hardened by her work life and step family to this clever and genuine cyborg mechanic with a heart as big as her processor. She's a modern Cinderella we can really latch onto and root for. We only got to see hints of her character growing towards the end so I'm really looking forward to seeing more personal growth in the next book. I The world that Cinder lives in is nothing short of amazing. I have always been a fan of the futuristic Tokyo/China style scene in movies and to bring such a big and complex world to life with nothing but words is nothing but genius and the perfect setting to the modern retelling. The plot twisters a but sudden. It's like they were suddenly thrust on me and before I could really accept them they glossed over the next one. Not much adjustment time. With that said I am so happy I finally decided to pick this series up. Instant fan!
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Great book, quick read!
February 19th, 2015
I can't put this book down! I love Iko...she cracks me up!! I wonder if they'll ever make a movie of this book series one day? I'm not finished with the book yet but I'm over half way through. For the person who gave this STORY a one star review due to A FONT issue....I didn't like the publisher's default either but you can CHANGE it! How did you actually like the STORY? Great book, worth a shot!
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Cinder
February 17th, 2015
Cinder is a classic with a twist. We all have heard of Cinderella and her singing mice and her Prince Charming, but in this novel Prince Charming happens to hate who she is, and Cinderellas singing mice are Androids with sassy personalities. Cinder herself is a cyborg.
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Good But Predicatable
January 3rd, 2015
Creative concept. Predictable. Mildly disappointing. After completing this novel. I finally found the aptitude to write this book review. This book is literally a mild disappointment. From reading the reviews and seeing the ratings of the book I really expected better. Surely I had acknowledged the fact that the book is based on a some-what "Cinderella" story-line; where the protagonist "Cinder" is characteristically portrayed as "Cinderella." However it is different as it is based in the future and Cinder happens to be Cyborg as well as a Lunar. Though still keeping the same traits of the "Cinderella" story; evil stepmother, manipulative stepsisters, kingdom, prince charming, a ball, along with the struggles that Cinder goes through and gets herself into. Sufficiently this novel has taken to a whole new level in comparison to most fairy-tale based "Cinderella" stories. Though I had hoped for a more superior plot. Throughout the story there were rarely any excitements to greet you as you read on, it barely kept me on edge! Everything just seems very predictable. From the beginning till the very end. You realize almost immediately that the particular hints given in the book were literally staring you right in the face and you can basically predict when or what will happen next. For starters when the story reveals about the lost Princess Selene, it was so obvious that after describing her traits that it is indirectly suggesting that the lost princess can be in fact, Cinder! Which in the last few chapters of the book was revealed she is in fact the lost princess! How predictable! As well the tragic death of Peony and Iko, surely it was written in an engaging surprising way but literally you can basically guess that it will happen just by its written format. Everything just seems so obvious! Another predicament point is the part where she 'has' to go to the ball for the all important message she has to tell the prince, Prince Kaito. Like it's her destiny! As well as the somewhat surprising kiss between Cinder and Prince Kaito, like really? Though there were some surprising fragments in the book, the most significant would be the fact that Dr. Erland was also a Lunar. Overall I find that throughout the book the author is just pushing her limits to try hard to make every part intimidating; like you should 'in fact' be shocked about it. Thus I do have to give credit to the author, Marissa Meyer's wonderful creative mind to have such a unique way to tell the tale of "Cinderella." It's fascinating to learn about machinery throughout the book and the different concept of how Cinderella's life could have been if she were not human. It is definitely a very challenging way to retell a tale that many knows best and turning into something that can be brought upon into the future. I really admire author, Marissa Meyer's work. Hence I still feel disappointed for the overall outcome of the book. Perhaps I had a higher expectation. But I am glad many enjoyed it!
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Love
October 25th, 2014
Very well written. It's a great twist to the old fairy tales.
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Pretty good
September 6th, 2014
Overall, it was a good story and fun twist on an old fairy tale. There were parts that were a little hard to follow, and others where the foreshadowing and hints were a bit heavy handed. Otherwise, it seemed well written and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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August 20th, 2014
Excellent book for young adults and the young at heart. Interesting story line which kept me excited and looking forward to each new book in the series. I enjoyed how each new love interest couple was introduced into each new book. Only part that I did not enjoy was the fact that the main story line takes place in Asia. Since I have never been nor have I any interest in going it made it more difficult to relate.
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August 19th, 2014
4.5 This book was so refreshing and entertaining, talk about a modern twist on Cinderella! The characters were incredibly well rounded; Cinder and Kai were likeable while the villains played their roles perfectly. The writing was good, there were just a few awkward hiccups but that’s to be expected from a first book. More importantly, the concept was fantastic! This is easily one of my favourite science-fiction books, and I love that it stayed away from the dystopic area. Set eons in the future after Earth has survived two more World Wars and its newest enemy is an evolutionary nightmare residing on the moon. The setting was also amazing, I love that this was set in Asia when so many books like it are American based in all aspects. This global perspective made me really happy. It was a little predictable, I had the plot accurately figured out on page 44, but I’ve seen Cinderella a few times. My only major pet peeve involves some of Cinder’s motivations. I get her position in society as a cyborg and I get her position in her family as the unwanted adoptive daughter. I even understand her attraction to the prince. What I don’t get is how a girl with as much intellect, heart, courage and attitude as Cinder does nothing for herself. ****SPOILERS******I understand working for the family and accepting her fate with Dr. Erland after Peony gets sick but the ending, when she decides to risk it all in order to help Kai, again and again, that I don’t get. I’m not saying I want her to be a selfish diva like she’ll be expected to be given her heritage hide spoiler, but it would be nice to see her do something for herself just because she wants to! Like when she kissed Kai –and damn him for not kissing her back! ****END SPOILER*** I have issues with girls that do everything for boys, this is more than a Grimm tale now, and I hope that changes in the next Lunar Series installment. All of that being said, I still enjoyed this book immensely.
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1 review
August 3rd, 2014
Read this whole series. Positively loved the creativness and realism. I entirely fell right into the fantasy and definitely couldn't put it down. Wonderfully written and excellent story line. Descriptive and virtually sucks you in. I was very disappointed to finish them. Amazingly well done.
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Cinder
July 8th, 2014
Fantastic book set in the future and keeps you waiting to turn the next page. It left me hanging AT&T the end though so there has to be a cinder 2 somewhere being written
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Cinderella meets Sailormoon
June 28th, 2014
What is up with the caps lock format of this book?? Made reading this book very unpleasant. Very YA themes but fun twist on the classic fairy tale. Loved that Cinderella is portrayed as a cyborg mechanic. The "big twist" at the end of the book is pretty obvious by the first 3 chapters tho. Good for a fluffy, mind numbing read...except for that cliffhanger at the end. Guess I need the next books to know what happens next. :/
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Wendy
May 31st, 2014
Great book can't wait for the next novel.
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Wonderful read
May 18th, 2014
It took me a long time to pick up this book, however when I finally did, I couldn't put it down, every moment I could I was reading. It was a bit predictable but it was still very enjoyable and easy to get into.
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Great read
May 17th, 2014
I can only hope the rest of the series is as good.
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Cinder
May 14th, 2014
An interesting and original take on this classic tale.
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March 31st, 2014
Loved it. Great new fairytale. It takes off and just keeps going. I can not wait to read the others!
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A complex and beautiful world
February 18th, 2014
Meyer's voice and fluid writing style truly bring her characters to life within the bustling future world she has created in Cinder. Memorable characters, East Asian cultural details, future tech and fairy tale touches round out her story which is a steal at 2.99!! You will not be disappointed.
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A complex and beautiful world
February 18th, 2014
Meyer's voice and fluid writing style truly bring her characters to life within the bustling future world she has created in Cinder. Memorable characters, East Asian cultural details, future tech and fairy tale touches round out her story which is a steal at 2.99!! You will not be disappointed.
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2 reviews
February 2nd, 2014
very intense I found that the story was sad and depressing but exciting and fun all at once, recommended for young adult.
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1 review
January 29th, 2014
I loved Cinder so much that I read Scarlet right away and am now patiently awaiting the release of Cress next week. If you enjoy fairytale re-tellings, this is one with quite a twist. The author cleverly inserts parts of the Cinderella tale into her own version of a very different future from the one we live in today. Smartly written, Cinder is the perfect read for those who like science fiction and fairytales. Great genre mix!
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