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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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Loved it SOOOO MUCH
I’ve always been in love with Sci Fi and Fantasy books and so when I came across this book it was perfect. It has an amazing addicting storyline. I saw the book a few years back and wasn’t very impressed with the other cover so I didn’t read it. But then I was recommended the book and I thought to give it a chance and I’m so glad I did. I’m about to finish the series and I’m sad it’s ending but it was a such an amazing adventure, I’m happy that I got the chance to go on it.
A total dream for a bookworm!
The first time I heard about Cinder it was from my friends who were reading it. I have taken reading suggestions from them before and have not had a single regret. So, a few days later, I got the book on my device and started reading. All I can say is that it was like stepping in to a alternate universe, where the world is action packed and absolutely amazing! I had a lot of school, but tried to read whenever possible. This is just a completely brilliant story of incredible characters! I can’t wait to get the next book!📚😍
The best twist to a fairy tale!!!
Ok at first I like ehhh this is too young for me but the more I got into the series I was like woahhh I don’t think a lil kid would understand much of this. Bc like the first book was good but the second one AMAZING. And then you get to the last one and it’s CRAZY gruesome. But the series was so good and a great place to escape to when you want to get away from the world. So when I finished I was like holy crap this is amazing and the second one was even better. It really was my favorite out of the whole series. The third one was kind of slow but I just love how it was like the classic fairy tale of rapunzel. And then last one was just a great ending to the series although I wish she could have done some more fairy tales. And of course I HAD to read the extra one: Stars Above. Which was also really good but OML, the little Android short story was so freaking depressing I cried (no joke I really did). And so yeah that’s my review on the whole series. If you are a person and are reading this then I highly recommend this series to you!!!!