Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

Paperback | January 8, 2013

byMarissa Meyer

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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

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.)

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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!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 citiz...

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 de...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.29 × 5.43 × 1.2 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I love the take on Cinderella. I am fan of fairy tales, and I think this adds something to that original story. A must read!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good but not Fantastic Book This was a light and easy ready, but a mediocre book over all. It had a fantastic premise and a great spin on the original fairytale, but the plot was never fleshed out. It was a good book but not a great one.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL It is such a classic story that everyone knows and is already worn-out, however with this modern twist it suddenly became a whole new story and I loved every moment of it!! I suuuuuuuuper recoment it!!! #plumrewards
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This! So interesting and well planned!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This book is so amazing and wonderful. It's a great retelling of a classic tale with a very interesting twist. I read this book when I was in grade 12 and I finished it and the second one ( those were the only two out at that time) in a week. It was so good that I couldn't put it down. if you love the classic cinderella tale you will love this mechanical twist.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best thing since sliced bread I finally bought this book after SEVEN people recommended it to me. It was SO worth it! Definitely worth it. If you love dystopian, fairy tails, romance, humour, and a couple badass female main characters then this is PERFECT!!!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was awesome!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It was sooo good!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fave Loved this ofc
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I feel like a kid It is a children's bedtime story of Cinderella brought back for a turn into the crazed world of teenagers to enjoy all over again!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun! Such a great re-imagination of Cinderella! Great characters, lots of wit, good plot. Really fun!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GREAT! This book is REALLY good, it's a unique spin on an old tale but it doesn't feel like the old story when you read it. Definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a good story.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twist I love this twist to Cinderella
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good I read this book because I heard a lot of good things about it. Perhaps I expected too much but I was a little let down. The premise is very interesting however I got annoyed sometimes by the characters and couldn't really get invested.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD My friend ordered this book on Scholastic. So like, right when it was published. I bought it here--it was so good!! I was so pumped for the rest of the books, which were also SO AMAZING. Loved it! :)
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I was sceptic at first. But this is by far my favorite dystopian book, full of action and interesting characters! Being a fan of fairy tales and such, i just loooove the way marissa meyer mix it up with her story. Perfect combination!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved Cinder!!! such a great book that's diverse, because the main character is a) a female and b) a mechanic which is so so cool.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Oh my goodness I should have never started this series because now I'm obsessed!! I just love how imaginative this is. I was sorta scared it was going to follow Cinderella too much but it rarely ever seems similar except the step sisters, prince (emperor) and her name, other than that the cliche fairy tale and left behind which I love. I am so in love with the idea of the separation of androids, cyborgs and humans it's so original. Recommend!!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite This is my favourite book ever! It is Cinderella with a sci-fi twist. IT IS AMAZING! Not much else to say!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new interesting take on an old fairytale A fun, new take on Cinderella! Cinder is a great character and the world building is really well done!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre 2.5 stars. Nothing really stood out imo.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! Great start to an amazing series Cinder was great! The book itself was good, nothing extremely special but as the series progressed it kept getting better and better with every book so stick with this series!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It is an ok book It is an ok book to read
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Stars The Lunar Chronicles is possibly my favourite dystopian series of all time. When I read Cinder, I fell in love with the characters, the world, and everything. I bought the first book when it first came out and was immediately hooked. I HIGHLY recommend this series to all ages, especially people who enjoy dystopian and sci-fi and strong heroines.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Took awhile... Took awhile for me to get used to the idea of this...but loved it! :)
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Beginning Great start to a great series! So glad I found this.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Really enjoyed the first novel in this series. Likeable characters and plot. Can't wait to continue reading!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That was Amazing! A very strong female lead. Cinder is filled with old tales with surprising twists. The characters are very well-developed and once you pick it up, it's really diffcult to put it down. It deserves its New York Times Best Seller 100%
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! Amazing intertwined stories of original fairytales in the modern futuristic world, it's amazing, I love the plot and the characters. It's so interesting and the twist of sci-fi and fairytale is so good and well done!! One of my favourite series
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I read this book in two sittings! It's fast, interesting and takes Cinderella's tale and spins it into something even more amazing. The sci-fi aspects mixed with the traditional story gives a unique read. Not to mention that Cinder herself is pretty awesome! I truly think people who enjoy re-tellings should pick this book up.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book I read it 5 times!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! When I first picked this book up, I thought that it would just be a boring read that I would be neutral about, but I was desperate to read something. When I started to read it, however, I couldn't stop. I read it al in one sitting, and was desperately trying to find its sequels.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative Great start to a great series. I love the revamping of the old tales!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all-time favourites I read this book a couple years ago and it was honestly the best dystopian books i have ever read. This book encaptures and enthralls and ohhhh the DRAMA AND ROMANCE. Might I just say Kai>>>>>>
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love loved this Awesome series!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOTHING LIKE CINDERELLA CINDER IS WAAAAAAYYY BETTER
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved It it was such a great book. read it more then once
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOT YOUR MODERN DAY CINDERELLA STORY I thought it was something like cinderella but with a bit of robotics in it. But I was wrong, total plot twists and turns and it keeps you edge.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Such a good book, plot is good, characters are good, overall goodness
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it really cool twist on a classic
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Cinder is a really awesome book and has an interesting take on the well-known fairy tale of Cinderella. The characters are all really great espescially Cinder, Kai, Dr. Erland and Iko, and I very much liked their relationships. At first it was hard for me to get into the writing only because it is a futuristic novel and has terms that are quite new. I never really liked the idea of robots and such so it was difficult to open my eyes up to that possibilty and enjoy the book wholeheartedly. After the first few chapters, the writing became much easier to understand and really flowed together. This book was a very quick read and the story-line was very fast-paced. The only thing (not that I'm complaining because that's the only way things make sense) is that the revelations were all very predictable. I like that the book stuck to the Cinderella idea but was totally different on its own way. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMGGG I LOVED THIS! one of my fav series ever! hope to see more of this author!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I can say is So good! <3
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVVVVV book I first picked up this book because of the hype around it and now that I've read the book I can say that this book is definitely worth the hype. I had a light understanding of what this book was about, but once I started reading it, it is more than just a retelling of some disney story, and on top of that the characters are sassy and hilarious.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first book, not sure how I feel about the series Cinder is a solid first book--the update of Cinderella as a cyborg in a future somewhat-dystopian world was definitely an interesting premise, and Meyer makes her a compelling character and does a lot of good worldbuilding. The series overall gets a bit convoluted, though, as each book introduces a new set of characters and tries to fold them into the action. Scarlet does this pretty well, but still leaves us dangling on Cinder's cliffhanger for a long time--by the end, though, the last book is so expansive that it's a bit of a slog.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I wasn't expecting much when I got this book. I was really doubting I was going to like it. But the plot just screamed interesting so, why not? But I can honestly say that I really like this book! I was pleasantly surprised. Good characters, unique story, and nicely told. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A one-sitting book! You won't regret it! I've read this book in only one-sitting. It was very action-pack and so interesting!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series of All Time! Words cannot describe how much I adore this series! It's remained my #1 series for well over a year now, and I've read it three times already. I'm planning on reading it again soon. Definitely recommend! All the friends I've told to read it have ended up loving it! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Although I found the plot very predictable, I loved the characters and found my self unable to put it down. I read it in a day. I highly recommend this novel I think it is a wonderful twist to a fairy tale we all know.
Date published: 2016-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it It's a great book, I read the entire series in a month, I could not put it down.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible This is an amazing take on the classic Cinderella fairy tale everyone knows. Marissa Meyer did a fantastic job on creating a unique world and interesting, complex characters. The plot is very well played out and will keep you wanting more. A great start to a series that only gets better with each novel.
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved the storyline behind it so much
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More like 4 1/2 stars I purchased this book with much hesitation at first but once I began to read the book I Pleasantly surprised to fall in love with the book and become so involved in the growth of the characters. This book took a fantastic new angle to a well known tale.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! I decided to try this book out as a sample as I was curious how they'd change the fairytale. Well, I ended up reading the series in one weekend. I highly recommend this series. It's a new way to see an old familiar tale.
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a series This was a great way to start a series. So good. LOved Iko as my favourite character. I've already downloaded book 2 so I can't wait to get reading that. Definitely recommend this. I can see myself sticking around for the whole series.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav fantasy series Love this one and read the next one right after. I couldn't stop laughing at Iko. SO cute!
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good quick read I recently read this as part of a book club and I was skeptical at first but it won me over. It is a good story and I love the way it ties certain fairy tale elements into the story but it wasn't the sort of book I connect to and so it only gets 3 stars for me!
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST AMAZING book!!! The characters, the plot, the setting...everything about this book is perfect. I have nothing bad to say about this book. If you haven't read it yet, READ IT! I have the complete series and I love it.
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ. Own the entire series and no regrets on reading this :D
Date published: 2016-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was so good! I bought this out of recommendations that i've read, and at first i was skeptical because of the plot line but as soon as I started reading this I was obsessed and soon finished the entire chronicles!
Date published: 2016-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE Really glad I bought this book! Finished this book in 2 days! It was simple amazing! Love the twist to the fairytale Cinderella story! Anyone who is into Fairytales would definitely enjoy reading this. Honestly couldn't stop reading it! Can't wait to start the second book!
Date published: 2016-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Definite recommend. This series is one of the best out there. Cinder was a little slow to start, but picked up hugely in the end, leading into more intenseness in Scarlet, and then absolute awesome sauce in Cress. Read it!
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Loved this book and the series so far. Just pre-ordered Winter!! Can't wait to read that one!!!
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! My friend forced it on me and I couldn't be more glad that she did. Love Cinder. All the fantasy and the android mixed in is just amazing. And absolutely loved loved loved!!! IKO!
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Met My (HIGH) Expectations, Then Jumped Over The Fence! I bought this because I had heard a lot about it from fellow bookworms and I am so glad I did! I immediately fell in love with Cinder and I COULD NOT put it down!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series I randomly stumbled upon the first book at the store , I didn't think much of it at first but once I read it.....WOW. my whole view of it changed its a great book (my favourite book and series of books actually...).WORTH READING not just this book the Whole Lunar Chronicles. Love them!!
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I strongly recommend not just Cinder but the entire Lunar Chronicles series. You won't be sorry! I approached this series with caution. While I'm a HUGE fan of the twisted fairytale genre, I've read my fair share of poor takes on the Cinderella story in particular. So I didn't really have high hopes when I picked up Cinder. But I was pleasantly surprised. From the first chapter I was completely hooked on this series. the characters are believable and engaging. I loved the dystopian twist to this tale. And while it does loosely follow the Cinderella fairytale plotline, there is nothing predictable about this book. I could not put it down. In fact I was so hooked, I immediately embarked on all the other books in the series (and loved them all). Now I'm impatiently waiting for the release of Winter (due out this November!). I strongly recommend not just Cinder but the entire Lunar Chronicles series. You won't be sorry!
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! A little touch of Cinderella with a little hint of Sailor Moon, how cool is that! On top of that it`s sci-fi mixed with fantasy... This book was awesome for me. I really liked the characters and everything that happens between Cinder and Kai! As soon as I finished Cinder I wanted to read Scarlet! Can`t wait to read more books from Marissa Meyer!
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love how the book was different. Everyone writes about how the characters are just normal and want a change, but Marissa Meyer doesn't do that. She makes the main character unwanted and unloved. Also love how they revolve around fairytales!!
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique re-telling I’ll give you one guess on which fairy tale this one vaguely mimics. The future is New Beijing and the Emporer is having a ball. Guess who’s invited? The cyborg idea is great with an almost 'Battlestar Galactica' prejudice toward them, even though they’re not full blown robots. That’s one thing I wasn’t really buying. A cyborg is still part human and it was hinted it would cost a lot of money to be one. Why would someone pay to be considered a second class citizen? Seems being fully human without the aid of robotics is better for your social standings. Anyway, back to the good stuff and out of my nerdy over-analyzation of cyborgs. The book was a great concept for following some pretty big glass slippers. The characters were really well developed in their personalities. Cinder, is an endearing character, who's strong-willed with few complaints regarding her unfair life. She knows this is how things are and she doesn’t try to change them, though she doesn’t let it beat her down either. When a plague and the visit from an intense alien race is invited in, the story takes a leap from Cinderella and into one all its own.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A refreshing teen romance story with an absolutely lovable female lead. I have been reading YA dystopian novels for quite sometimes, most of the books have a really depressing setting, however, it's not the case for this series. I love the story, it reminds me of my favaoriate childhood Japanese animation Sailor Moon, though Cinder has totally different personality and characteristics as Moon. It's a predictable but delightful and easy to involoved and understand the charactors type of books. I inhaled the whole book in 5 hours and can't wait to read the next one. If you like more complex plotting and more variaty of charactors(by that I mean some charactors, ie, Adri has a "fix" personality, u would not expect any development or changes) this might not be the book for you.
Date published: 2013-05-21

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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 spotting the subtle similarities. But debut author Meyer's brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Fairy tales are becoming all the rage, with the TV shows Once Upon a Time and Grimm spinning them through a modern filter. The 26-year-old Meyer's debut novel Cinder, though, combines a classic folk tale with hints of The Terminator and Star Wars in the first book of The Lunar Chronicles young-adult series due out Jan. 3." -USAToday.com"Cinderella is a cyborg in this futuristic take on the fairy tale, the first book in Ms. Meyer's planned 'Lunar Chronicles' series." -Wall Street Journal, in a round-up called "After Harry Potter: The Search for the Magic Formula""This series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future." -Kirkus Reviews"There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on 'Cinderella,' the first in a four-book series." -Booklist