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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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The characters are my favorite part of this book (as well as the rest of the series). The author has created such interesting characters that are unlike anything I’ve seen before. Cinder is a cyborg, rescued after a hover accident as a child and adopted by a family from New Beijing. The fact that Cinder is a cyborg is something that sets her apart from the rest of her family and society in general. In this world, cyborgs are looked down upon and considered second class citizens. Cinder therefore has no control over her life and is subject to the orders of her adopted mother. Despite all of this, Cinder is an incredibly strong individual and cares deeply for those important to her. Also, I love that she’s the best mechanic in all of New Beijing; it was definitely a unique profession to give her.
Prince Kai is dealing with a ton of responsibility being thrust upon him very early in life after his father falls ill with Leumotosis, a sickness slowly infecting all corners of the planet. Due to his new responsibilities, Kai also must deal with Queen Levana of Luna in her quest for an alliance with the Eastern Commonwealth (and the Earthen Union in general). Even under all of the stress of becoming ruler much earlier than anticipated, Kai still manages to have a sense of humor and find time for small joys in life.
As to the side characters, Iko is my absolute favorite of the bunch. Everyone but Cinder believes Iko has a faulty personality chip as she is completely unique and has aspects to her personality that other androids do not, such as a sense of humor, her use of sarcasm and a great love of shoes. Iko is there for Cinder through everything and is an incredible friend to her. As to the other characters, Queen Levana and her entourage of Lunars are particularly evil and easy villains to hate. Cinder’s family, with the exception of her sister Peony, is horrible to her and it’s hard to feel anything for them other than distaste. Peony however is incredibly sweet and very easy to love. I was never sure what Doctor Erland's motives were, but he did bring about interesting developments in the plot. I adored the small introduction to Cress that we got in this book (she’s my favorite character of the series).
The world building is pretty good, although we don’t learn a lot about the other countries on Earth. I found the blending of cultures (and the explanation for them) to be very interesting. Also, anything to do with Luna was fascinating and I love getting to learn about this whole other planet the author created. The plot is fast-paced and held my interest throughout the book. I enjoyed getting to know more and more about Cinder and how she’s connected to everything as the story went on.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Cinder if you’re looking for a fun series with incredible characters.
I haven’t read nearly as many science fiction as I should have (or wanted to, for that matter), and this book reminded me of that. It definitely made me want to explore this genre a lot more. I love the world that Marissa Meyer has created. It’s very interesting and I wish that we learned more about it. I just felt as if we haven’t gotten enough information about how the world works, or at least I wanted more. I’m especially interested in learning more about Luna, I just find everything about it fascinating.
This is such a unique retelling of Cinderella and I don’t think I have ever read anything similar to it. From the moment I started this book I was sucked into the story and just couldn’t put the book down. I really wanted to know what was going to happen next and how it’s going to be paralleled to the story of Cinderella. Some of the things were a bit predictable – I guessed the biggest plot twist in this book, among some small ones (don’t worry, I won’t mention what they are). The story felt also a bit weirdly paced at times, but nothing that was bothering me too much.
The characters in this book were amazing! I adored reading about them. My favourite are definitely Cinder and Kai. Cinder was a wonderful character to read about, I just enjoyed her personality and how she handled tough situations. She cared about others and what was happening to the people around her, even though she wasn’t living in the best circumstances herself. Prince Kai was amazing as well. He really cared about his people and what was going to happen to his country. I loved the interaction between him and Cinder, it was really cute and I can’t wait to read more about them. Also (I need to mention it), Iko is freaking cute!
All in all, I enjoyed this book a lot. I had some problems with it, but overall it was a very fun read and I am very exited to continue with this series. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!