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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 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.)
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.
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The originality of this book is unmatched. It came out of left field and I never saw it coming. This book is one of a kind with a story bringing together cyborgs, humans and aliens. The truth is out there people and it is that this book is a must read. Although we do not intend to make a habit of reviewing mainstream books, such like this, we felt this book was too good to pass up recommending to our amazing readers. I really loved every aspect of this book and certainly would never have dreamt up the setting, characters and mainly the plot line. It is an ingenious mix of new and old. This book captured my attention and reeled me in for the long haul. I will be finishing this series. I had picked it up in between books we had been reviewing for a bit of a change of pace and found myself obsessed to find out what would happen next in the crazy world of Marissa Meyers The Lunar Chronicles. I haven’t picked up a mainstream book and thoroughly enjoyed it in quite some time, so I feel that warrants some change.
PLEASE READ MARISSA!!!
Omg omg omg Marissa!!!!! Please read this I have so much to tell you!!! I know I’m only 12, but I cannot stop reading this series over and over. I’m obsessed. Because of you I got a better vocabulary. I feel like these books where made for me. You are the best writer ever!!! You’ll be my favorite till I die. Now I am writing my own books, using your ideas. Not exactly writing in the way you write. I soooo hope you write run offs, like Kai and cinder having kids or something. In the future of course. Juuust know you might see my name out there somewhere. Maybe I’ll even meet you. If I write good enough books and sing good enough songs. Yup that’s right!!! I’m writing my own songs. I hope to meet you one day and show my books to you. Keep doing what your doing in the awesome way you do it. Thanks so much for the books, you have helped me a lot through 7th grade.
This is a wonderful twist on the typical Disney characters