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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

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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    Why did I wait so long?

    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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    Cinderella meets Sailormoon

    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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    Loved the story but what is with the font?

    I loved the story so much! I went back a forth between the hardback and ebook. The font was completely in uppercase in the ebook which made it very very difficult to read!! Kobo, can y'all fix that??

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    Love

    Very well written. It's a great twist to the old fairy tales.

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    Cinder

    I HAVE TO READ THE SEQUEL FOR SURE. BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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