Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer

Square Fish | January 8, 2013 | Trade Paperback

4.5 out of 5 rating. 2 Reviews
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.)

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in

Published: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250007208

ISBN - 13: 9781250007209

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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in

Published: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250007208

ISBN - 13: 9781250007209

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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.)

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

Editorial Reviews

“Singing mice and glass slippers are replaced with snarky androids and mechanical feet in this richly imagined and darkly subversive retelling of ‘Cinderella.’”— BCCB   "This is one buzzed novel that totally delivers." — Stacked Books Blog   "I absolutely loved Cinder. Marissa took a well known story and created an amazingly fantastic new twist, making this it an all together new story." — Between the Covers Blog   "Cinder is loads of fun—mostly due to seeing a familiar story play out in a new setting, but Cinder herself is also a tough, smart, mouthy, resourceful heroine, so spending almost 400 pages with her is completely enjoyable—and I''m totally, totally looking forward to the next one in the series." — Bookshelves of Doom   "Terrific." — Los Angeles Times   “Author Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on Cinderella.” – The Seattle Times "Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry." -- Horn Book Magazine  “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 "First in the Lunar Chronicles series, this futuristic twist on Cinderella retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotti
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