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Cinder Paperback – January 8, 2013
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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 menWhich 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 cal
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My next comment regarding The Lunar Chronicles is where can I watch this series. Where's the movie, or made for cable/TV, or Netflix, Amazon, Hulu production? Seriously producers get on this will ya and don't screw it up.
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!
I was never one for fairy tales as a child, and so their retellings aren't something I gravitate to as an adult. But Cinderella is one of the few fairy tales I remember adoring. My favorite parts of Cinder were those that reminded me of the original story. I'm totally on board with a sci-fi Cinderella reboot, and I loved the idea of transforming her into a kick-ass mechanic. Cinder's stepmother, Adri, is perfection. She's cold blooded, but you can get why she resents Cinder even if you can't excuse it. I enjoyed Iko in her role as sarcastic sidekick (taking on that sort of "Gus" role from the Disney movie). The futuristic setting of New Beijing was interesting. Adding in the element of a deadly plague really intrigued me. Prince Kai? Meh. But, ok, he can be Prince Charming or whatever.
What I didn't like is the introduction of moon people with mind-controlling magic. This is my own fault. I hate space. Me and Elon Musk will never hang out. I avoid stories about space travel, aliens and non-earth dwelling. But personal biases aside, I do think this book got weaker as the story progressed. Kai casually reveals things to Cinder that could be considered state secrets. Cinder has a conversation with a Lunar spy who opens up and tells her everything with very little prompting. The plot becomes increasingly predictable. When the big secret from Cinder's past is finally revealed, it isn't much of a surprise. I also would have liked to know why one of Cinder's stepsisters hated her while the other loved her. Those dynamics are never explained.
The parts I liked, I loved and the parts I hated were not a dealbreaker. I didn't think I would continue with the series, but I have to admit I'm dying to know what happens with Cinder. Even if it means reading about dumb space queens.
A gripping read. You know the story. But you don’t know the story.
It is the far future, more than 100 years after the fourth World War. There are people living on the moon. Well, I guess you would probably call them people. They seem to have been there long enough to be evolving into a separate species. They have the ability to influence the minds of Earth-bound humans to see what they want them to see and do what they want them to do. This matters because their Queen, Levana, who appears to be the best at this mind-control business – so much so that she also controls the minds of the other Lunars – appears to be dead set on taking over all of Earth too.
Prince Kaito, Crown Prince of the Eastern Commonwealth, appears to be the target of Queen Levana’s takeover designs. She would like to marry him, make herself Empress of the Eastern Commonwealth, and use that position to launch a takeover of the rest of the Earth.
And then there is Linh Cinder, a teenage cyborg with serious mechanical talent. Prince Kai turns up at her booth at the market with an android he needs repaired and winds up a few days later asking her to the ball at the annual festival on what turns out to be his coronation day.
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i remember countless times passing this book by because i thought it was another futuristic version of the cinderella story.Read more