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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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A MUST GET BOOK
look.JUST GET THIS BOOK OK? These series r the best like I’m not kidding I would get though these long books non stop in DAYS. Marissa Meyer is true genius and amazing!
It’s just awesome.
Can I just say something? Marissa Meyer is a hecking genius.
It was just the right amount of romance, action and plot development.
If you are 12 *or older* you can easily understand the complexity of the storyline, cherish the innocent romance and enjoy the action (although there is more of everything as the series goes on). I enjoy how easy it is to get into. The story was so well thought out and yet you can still understand what’s going on. I think it takes a certain talent to do that.
Also, might I add, that I was so thankful to not *really* have to worry about any love triangles. Those are annoying as heck. (especially when who you’re rooting for becomes some uncle-level side person in the end... flipping tragic.) You know who to root for throughout the book and boy do you ship those people.
Overall, I *highly* suggest this series to all book-lovers everywhere. Everyone should read this.
And absolutely anything else Marissa does because honestly she is a legend.
Now go forth and enjoy my fren.
New Favorite Series
My science fiction teacher my senior year of high school two years ago made the whole class read this book. I was definitely not excited because I was a girl who was not into fairytales growing up. Oh my gosh was I wrong. I loved this book so much that in the week or two it took us to read through Cinder and do book talks, I went ahead and read the rest of the books! So I had known what was going to happen before the rest of my entire class. Everyone else enjoyed it too! Even the boys. I feel it’s about time to read through them again. 😁