leslieluvzbooks, August 1, 2015 (view all comments by leslieluvzbooks)
Set in a future where humans own android servants, Cinder, as a cyborg, is definitely a second-class citizen. Her "stepmother" is the wife of the man who adopted her and died soon after, leaving this shallow, materialistic woman with two daughters and a cyborg.
The winks and nods to the original fairy tale fit wonderfully into this new setting (like the "pumpkin coach" is an "ancient" orange-colored Volkswagen Beetle that she fixes up to drive herself to the ball) and the twists and new sides of the story are both intriguing and amusing. I loved all of the characters, it made me smile, squeal, giggle, hold my breath, gasp--a general evocation of all the feelings one wants from a book! Cinder is no Mary-Sue, and the other characters are given their own dose of intrigue and made every bit as interesting as the "central couple." I am excited to see what she has done with other tales as I continue through the series!
Mariella , October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Mariella )
If you are not so sure whether or not to read this series I would recommend that you do! It is a quick, fun read, and it is so easy to fly through. The world is very captivating, and before you know it, you’re sucked in to the world! Over all I would give it an 87% on a regular percentage scale!
Booklion12, September 17, 2014 (view all comments by Booklion12)
This book is fantastic for any gender! And it just keeps on getting better throughout the series! If you like sci-fi or even if you don't, and you like kick butt characters, and a story with awesome plot, and stories based on fairy tales, you will love this book! And then you can check out the rest of the series!
veryinvisible, February 1, 2014 (view all comments by veryinvisible)
Cinder is a cyborg mechanic version of the fairy tale, Cinderella. I absolutely love fairy tale retellings, but Cinderella is probably the most common fairy tale story Hollywood has retold. However, Marrisa Meyer turning Cinderella into a cyborg grabbed my attention from the start and left me wanting more.
The story follows closely with the fairy tale in terms of living with a horrible step mother, Adri, and two step sisters, Pearl and Peony. Instead of a present day version of Cinderella, Cinder lives in New Beijing (what use to be Beijing) with androids, portscreens, hovers, and much more futuristic advancements. Instead of doing household chores, which are left to the androids, she works as a mechanic, bringing in most of the family income.
Marissa Meyer has interwoven a classic fairy tale story into a dystopian world that is completely her own. The parallels between Cinder and Cinderella are done in a way that it wasn’t forced or cliche. The realistic relationship between the characters make the story feel more than just a Cinderella retelling, especially with the twists Meyer added along the way. Reading the story you can tell that Meyer’s world has been well thought out with a history of its own.
The other iconic fairy tale characters included were also a very nice addition to the story, which we are sure to see more of in the next few books. I am very excited to be introduced to the other fairy tale stories and see how they connect with each other. I have no doubt that I am going to be just as amazed with the next books as I was with Cinder.
Natalie A, December 14, 2013 (view all comments by Natalie A)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is about a mechanically gifted teenage girl with a little something special, a metal leg which makes her a cyborg. Cinder, the cyborg, lives with her mean stepmother Adri, grotesque step sister Pearl and and sweet stepsister Peony. In this futuristic world, a plague has swept the world, including New Beijing, Cinder’s home. Cinder believes her life will be spent in her little shop and caring for her stepfamily, but when her life suddenly intertwines with the handsome Prince Kai, heir to New Beijing, it gets turned upside down.
I really enjoyed the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer, it was upbeat, suspenseful, and overall written well. As my favorite genre, this book provides realism, bits of the present world in this futuristic dystopia. Cinder keeps pages turning and the main character is very easy to connect to. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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.
by Erin C.
by Melissa M.,
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!
by Melissa M.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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. Cinder is a talented teenage mechanic and cyborg — part human, part robot — who has been living in New Beijing with a demanding adoptive mother and two stepsisters, ever since her late stepfather took Cinder in after a hovercraft accident. Several events abruptly turn Cinder's world upside down: a chance meeting with the handsome Prince Kai has her heart racing; a plague pandemic threatens her beloved sister Peony; Cinder learns she is immune to the plague; and the evil Lunar Queen Levana arrives on Earth, scheming to marry Kai. Though foreshadowing early on makes it fairly clear where the story is headed, it unfolds with the magic of a fairy tale and the breakneck excitement of dystopian fiction. Meyer's far-future Earth is richly imagined, full of prejudice and intrigue, characters easy to get invested in, and hints of what might await in future books. Ages 12 – up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on 'Cinderella,' the first in a four-book series."
"[T]his series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting 'Cinderella' as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future."
by The Seattle Times,
"Author Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on 'Cinderella.'"
by Horn Book Magazine,
"Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry."
"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."
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 Earths fate hinges on one girl....
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. Shes a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsisters 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.
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