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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

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ISBN13: 9781250007209
ISBN10: 1250007208
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Staff Pick

What's so remarkable about Cinder is how well Marissa Meyer translated this very old fairy tale into modern and futuristic terms. She takes a character that is often pigeonholed as being too compliant, too nice, and makes her into a fiery heroine who you can love and cheer for. Even the romance — typically clichéd in its boy-meets-girl, boy-and-girl-get-married routine — was refreshing and real. There's not love at first sight in Cinder, nor is there a happily ever after. Cinder's story is far more complicated and enthralling than any fairy tale.
Recommended by Erin C., Powells.com

Starting with Cinder, Marissa Meyer has created a new world where a cyborg mechanic, Cinder, meets Prince Kai, who would like her to fix his bot. Cinder becomes embroiled in passing along deadly information and trying to discover her true background. This is a fun start to a great series. Scarlet comes out in 2013 and is equally as fantastic!
Recommended by Melissa M., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 Kais, 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 worlds future.

Review:

"There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on 'Cinderella,' the first in a four-book series." Booklist

Review:

"[T]his series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting 'Cinderella' as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future." Kirkus

Review:

"Author Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on 'Cinderella.'" The Seattle Times

Review:

"Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry." Horn Book Magazine

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

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." USAToday.com

Review:

"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

Review:

“Singing mice and glass slippers are replaced with snarky androids and mechanical feet in this richly imagined and darkly subversive retelling of ‘Cinderella.” BCCB

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 bachelors degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband. Cinder is her YA debut.

Interview

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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Anna Lori, October 21, 2013 (view all comments by Anna Lori)
This was the perfect "escape novel" with an exciting story, like-able characters, clever wit, and the good old fairy-tale romance.
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Megan R, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Megan R)
This was an amazing book! I like stories which rework fairy tales, but this was one of the best such tales I have read. It was true enough to the Cinderella tale while also bringing new twists and excitement. Can't wait to continue the series with the next book!
Cinder is a cyborg with, you guessed it, an artificial foot (among other changes). She's a renowned mechanic who doesn't bend to her stepmother's every whim. Unfortunately, her class doesn't leave her much room to buck the system, so, despite her strong will, she's still our downtrodden heroine. Like Cinderella, Cinder's life gets better, but only after it gets worse. The magic is in the journey.
If you like fairy tales or futuristic tales, Cinder is a must read.
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Kim Bauer, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Kim Bauer)
I just love retellings of fairy tales- and this one is great! Such a wonderful, futuristic twist!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250007209
Author:
Meyer, Marissa
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Science fiction
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series Volume:
1 of 4
Publication Date:
20130108
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

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Product details 448 pages Square Fish - English 9781250007209 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

What's so remarkable about Cinder is how well Marissa Meyer translated this very old fairy tale into modern and futuristic terms. She takes a character that is often pigeonholed as being too compliant, too nice, and makes her into a fiery heroine who you can love and cheer for. Even the romance — typically clichéd in its boy-meets-girl, boy-and-girl-get-married routine — was refreshing and real. There's not love at first sight in Cinder, nor is there a happily ever after. Cinder's story is far more complicated and enthralling than any fairy tale.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Starting with Cinder, Marissa Meyer has created a new world where a cyborg mechanic, Cinder, meets Prince Kai, who would like her to fix his bot. Cinder becomes embroiled in passing along deadly information and trying to discover her true background. This is a fun start to a great series. Scarlet comes out in 2013 and is equally as fantastic!

"Review" by , "There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on 'Cinderella,' the first in a four-book series."
"Review" by , "[T]his series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting 'Cinderella' as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future."
"Review" by , "Author Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on 'Cinderella.'"
"Review" by , "Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Cinderella is a cyborg in this futuristic take on the fairy tale, the first book in Ms. Meyer's planned 'Lunar Chronicles' series."
"Review" by , “Singing mice and glass slippers are replaced with snarky androids and mechanical feet in this richly imagined and darkly subversive retelling of ‘Cinderella.”
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