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Cinder Paperback – January 8, 2013
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Praise for the Lunar Chronicles:
#1 New York Times-Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
"A mash up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderalla, Terminator, and Star Wars." ―Entertainment Weekly
"Prince Charming among the cyborgs." ―The Wall Street Journal
"Terrific." ―Los Angeles Times
"Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairytale genre." ―The Seattle Times
"Epic awesome." ―Bustle
"A binge-reading treat." ―MTV
"Takes the classic to a whole new level." ―NPR
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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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.
The beginning piqued my interest, and I remember thinking that I was glad it wouldn't be a dull read. I hate picking up books with amazing covers and then finding out that the pages between said covers didn't live up to the expectations. The world-building for Cinder was solid, the writing grammatically sound and even the style and voice drew me in a little. The setting kind of unsettled me. I've never been a huge Asian-setting person, but this wasn't off-putting in any manner. It was unique and original. Somewhere along the way, this story won me over, hook, line, and sinker. I became heavily invested in the lives of the characters, and utterly obsessed with the newest plot twist. There were some things I found a tad predictable, but in a way, that didn't detract from the story either. I was more interested in the presentation of the few predictable moments and there were plenty of unpredictable events to make up for it. The story was age-appropriate, which is a huge bonus in my world. And as much as I adore fairy tale retellings, I can't get over how few references there actually are to Cinderella. I just loved that the story was its own and that it tipped its hat to Cinderella instead of mimicking it. That was something I found phenomenal. Don't get me wrong, the connections are pretty clear, but they're clever and the story doesn't hinge on them. The story isn't dependent on the connections, but it uses them to its advantage.
I don't like to just dish out five-star reviews, but I think this book truly deserves it. A job very well-done. Part of me wishes I had been brave enough to read this sooner, and yet, the other part of me is selfishly glad because now I don't have to wait for the sequels to come out! I just have to order them!!! :-)
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!
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