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Cinder Paperback – January 8, 2013
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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 was so happy when I found out it's a series, all based on fairytale "princess", girls kick ass. Cinder is such a strong person and it is so nice that the main character is a badass woman. It was sch a refreshing read and I cannot wait to devour the rest of the books. They are so easy to read and Marissa does such an amazing job of describing everything, even down to smells, and just transports you into this world she's created.
This book is for people who enjoy sci-fi/ dystopian/ futuristic novels with a little bit of fairytale fantasy mixed in.
I’m hoping that subsequent books will explain a little more about the history of the world–when did cyborgs become second-class citizens, and why? When did people migrate to the moon?
My only criticism: I saw the “big twist” at the end coming ten miles away. Literally, less than a third of the way through the book, I said, “I’ll bet X is what’s going to happen,” and I was right. I wish that had been handled a little more carefully so as to be a bigger surprise.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
Read full review here: https://readyourselftosleep.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/review-cinder-by-marissa-meyer/
Cinder gets immediately pulled into a dark, political mess, with a fatal disease, evil queen, and everything. And if that weren't enough, she starts to grow feelings for Kai. (Which isn't a spoiler, he's a prince and this is a Cinderella retelling!)
If you like science fiction, fairy tales, or dystopian books, I would really recommend Cinder to you. Even if you don't really like that stuff, you should still try Cinder. Now I have to go read Scarlet ASAP!
Cinder is such a unique character. She isn’t just the “stepdaughter” who is being made into a maid and looked down upon by her family and society. She is a strong young woman who despite all odds has a joy about life, even if she has been brought to think her life as a cyborg isn’t as valuable. Not only is it valuable, it is perhaps the most important life to save the planet.
Prince Kai is a charming version of the prince who struggles with finding himself in the position of being a leader and a young man who wants to follow his heart. I liked him, but wanted him to pick up on more of what was going on in the story than he had. Maybe in the future books he will. Who knows though, he is a guy. ;)
The Lunars civilization on the moon was also a really captivating part of the story. Although I figured out the plot twist way before it happened, I still enjoyed reading it and thinking “hell yeah!”
If you enjoy fairy tales and/or sci-fi stories, this is a must read! Seriously, right now. Buy it and start reading it when you open up the package.
This first book of four, "Cinder" follows the adventures of a cyborg/mechanic who is treated as a less than human thing, owned by her step-mother, reviled by the step-mother and one daughter, while caring deeply for the other, Peony and her great friend, an android named Iko. There are wonderfully inventive elements from the original tale, and the book ends on a cliffhanger. In fact, the series reminds me less of a series than a single book that was broken into four pieces. It could easily have been presented that way, with minimal editing. Speaking of which, the writing and editing are exceptional, almost no spelling or grammatical errors (which drive me nuts, most particularly because editing and proofreading are so very much easier these days than they used to be). Well worth reading, and if you enjoy "Cinder", you'll almost certainly enjoy the entire series. Give it shot, it's very good!