Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa MeyerCinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

byMarissa Meyer

Paperback | January 8, 2013

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The first book in the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! See where the futuristic YA fairytale saga all began, with the tale of a teenage cyborg who must fight for Earth's survival against villains from outer space.

"An interesting mash up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, Terminator, and Star Wars." -Entertainment Weekly

"Prince Charming among the cyborgs." -The Wall Street Journal

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.

With high-stakes action and a smart, resourceful heroine, Cinder is a Cinderella retelling that is at once classic and strikingly original.

Don't miss these other books from #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling author Marissa Meyer:

The Lunar Chronicles:
Cinder
Scarlet
Cress
Winter
Stars Above
Fairest

The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book

Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1
Wires and Nerve: Vol. 2

Renegades:
Renegades: Book One

Heartless

Praise for the Lunar Chronicles:

#1 New York Times-Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller

"Terrific." -Los Angeles Times

"Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairytale genre." -The Seattle Times

"Epic awesome." -Bustle

"A binge-reading treat." -MTV

"Takes the classic to a whole new level." -NPR

"This series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future." -Kirkus Reviews on Cinder

"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 for Cinder

"There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on 'Cinderella,' the first in a four-book series." -Booklist on Cinder

"Singing mice and glass slippers are replaced with snarky androids and mechanical feet in this richly imagined and darkly subversive retelling of 'Cinderella.'" -The Bulletin on Cinder

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 deg...
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Title:Cinder: Book One of the Lunar ChroniclesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.26 × 5.53 × 1.17 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250007208

ISBN - 13:9781250007209

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of A Kind World I'd seen this book everywhere but hadn't picked it up until the craze had mostly died down. Now I wonder why I waited! Despite some grim moments and a cliffhanger sort of ending, the entire book was a whole lot of fun! I can see why readers are so obsessed with this world. It's very inventive and easy to be immersed in. The callbacks to classic fairy tales are strong and add a fresh take to the YA tropes. I really enjoyed the characters. Cinder was so easy to relate to, always trying to do the right thing, and even though I figured out her twist early on, I was still constantly rooting for her. Kai is also a great character, a total sweetheart who I want to see succeed and find happiness for his kingdom. The pace was even, but I was surprised at the way the book ended. It answers some questions, but there are clearly a lot more adventures coming for Cinder and the friends she is sure to make along the way. I can't wait to experience them!
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Twist! My favourite fairy tale + a sci-fi setting filled with androids and cyborgs= an awesome retelling and story! This book is just simply amazing. The characters are instantly likable and feel very real, the futuristic depiction of Earth is inventive and intriguing, and the plot itself instantly drew me in. Would highly recommend this book for readers who love a fantasy/sci-fi story with some great romance. So glad that I read this book and can't wait to read the next!
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was alright I expected to like this more than I did. I found it to be okay.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A different take on a classic fairytale My friend was reading this and the cover caught my attention. I usually ready the first chapter and if it doesn't get me interested, I don't bother with the rest of the book. . This book kept me going until the end and I had to get the rest of the series!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A twisted Cinderella! I kept seeing this book everyone I went to indigo but never got it because I didn't really hear peeps talking about it but it was really good! A love this take on a classic fairy tale it was a great read from start to finish. Can't wait to finish the rest of the series
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing twist to Cinderella This book was recommended to me through a friend. It was truly amazing. A great twist to a fairytale. The beginning was rather slow but it then began to grow rather interesting. I'm surprised with how much I enjoyed this novel.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Twist to a Classic Fairytale I love how Marissa Meyer incorporates dystopic sci-fi into a classical fairy tale, so we kind of know what to expect in the plot but it's so much more developed with many surprising twists. The characters are fantastic, as you come to love and/or hate them as their backgrounds develop. Overall original, and hooks you into the whole series!
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book!! this was honestly a really awesome book! once i got past the slightly slow beginning (i wasn't that into it until more or less 75 pages in), i really fell in love!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I thought it was a good idea for a story line, but found the novel slow overall.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! While the concept of a Cinderella spin-off with cyborgs, aliens, and a plague is probably a little crazy sounding, somehow Marissa Meyer was able to make it seem as natural as the earth is to humans in 2017. Despite the beginning being a bit slow, it’s well worth the wait as there is not another dull moment in the book, and the ending guarantees that readers will be reading the rest of the series as well.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A joy! This was a joy to read, and is the epitome of a beautiful fairy tale.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A slow start to the series but a good one My friends recommended this book t me and said it was amazing, I just thought it was good. the ending was, for me, predictable from the begging but if y love fairy tale retellings than this is the book for you. I will be continuing the series.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Pre-Teens I read this book quite a long time ago, and yet I still remember how interesting it was. This book truly draws you in and makes you invested in the characters. It is also such a wonderful idea.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive! This book is a bot of everything for everyone! Love, drama, cyborgs meets our beloved fairytale characters. I am so addicted and can't wait to read Scarlet, the next book in the series!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful series This book was fantastic! I loved the story line, the futuristic world and couldn't help but fall in love with the characters. This book, and series itself does an absolutely incredible job at portraying it's characters and building them up. I finished the series a month ago and am already missing it, I will admit I didn't enjoy Scarlet (second book) as much as I did the others. Cinder is the best of the series and I highly encourage everyone to give it a read, it's a fun and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Underwhelming This book was extremely highly requested to me and I frankly don't know why. It isn't that much different to other YA books I've read, and it doesn't add all that much to the Cinderella story when you look at other adaptations of it as well. The characters were a bit bland and the story twists were predictable. It was readable but not very enjoyable for me.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed As a huge fan of fairy tales (and a super small fan of sci-fi), I absolutely loved Cinder! I loved how strong Cinder was and the twist Marissa Meyer put on the traditional Cinderella fairy tale. I highly recommend this book if you like fairy tales, cyborgs, and sci-fi.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read This is one of my favourite series ever. One thing I really liked about this book and the entire series is the strong female characters. The minute I started reading I was immediately hooked and as soon I was finished I went and bought the rest of the series. All the books have a great balance of comedy, adventure, and emotion. When anyone asks me "what book should I read?", without a second thought, I tell them "The Lunar Chronicles". Highly recommend reading this.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally recommend ! This series is so incredible and normally I'm not completely in love with sci-fi books, but the characters and the authors own twist on sci-fi was truly amazing to read!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVOURITE SERIES I bought this book a little while ago and from the very first page i was hooked. Being introduced to this spin off version of Cinderella really threw me into a whole other fantasy world that I didn't grow up with. this si-fi, mixed with a little action and a lot of romance and friendship is what helped me go through the whole series and now I can't find a better book to read.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I borrowed this book from the library some time ago and I'm now finished the whole series! I love it! It's a sci-fi twist on fairy tales, and I totally recommend it.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG read this!!! If you haven't read this series yet, DO! NOW! I'm in love with everything in this book. The characters are well developped, each with strenghts and flaws that perfectly fit. They each have a role to play in this great adventure. Everything just fits. Even the villain is extraordinary in every way. Her ulterior motives, her manipulations. Perfect! If you enjoy sci-fi fantasy then this THE series to read.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I enjoyed this book a lot, might even be one of my favorites. The beginning was hard to get into at first, but once I did I could not stop reading.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cyborg Cinderella A fantastic start to a space-opera series full of classic and beloved fairy tale characters with a twist. Fans of Sailor Moon, The Brother's Grimm, and science fiction are sure to love this first novel in an extraordinary series fit for all ages.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” (Marrisa Meyer) WOW is one of the many ways to describe Marissa Meyer's first novel in the Lunar Chronicles. Cinder is unlike any version--of one of my personal favourite fairy tales--Cinderella or retelling of it I've read the, this retell being in the future, which could have totally flopped but it so rocked. Cinder is brilliantly written, creative and unique; a big cheer to Marrisa Meyer on that, I'd like read more of her stuff. I would read this heart-pounding story again and again. I deeply recommend this book to anybody who loves fairy tales, romance, futuristic/Sci-Fi stuff, danger, mystery, heart-stopping secrets and admires great retelling of a fairy tale classic.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get through I was not a fan of this book. The beginning of the book move at a slow pace and also I am just not a fan of retelling of fairy tales in books so I just could not get into it. In addition I found it hard to wrap my head around the whole cyborg characteristic.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favourite Yes, the plot is pretty predictable. But what I enjoyed was that despite that, I was intrigued to keep reading. There is something about the way that Melissa Meyer paints her world that I just adore. It's like brain candy. The characters are likable, the story is fun, and it ends on the usual cliff hanger that, for once, didn't make me roll my eyes. I blew through this book in a day. If you're looking for something new, I wouldn't say this is it. But if you want an interesting story that will hold you for the entirety of the book, this is it by far.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from wasn't a fan the beginning of the book was slow and this might be the reason I did not get into the series that much. I just read the first book for completion and did not bother continuing reading the others.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing But Love Read this after seeing it all over booktube. Can't wait to continue with the series!
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this! i bought this after getting a recommendation from a friend its amazing! the series just keeps getting better and better
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite YA series I love the creativeness of this series. It's a sci-fi fairytale retelling with Sailor Moon elements and I'm living for it. I love how Cinder and Prince Kai meet each other right away so their romance seems more organic while the original Cinderella story is more Insta-lovey. Although there are weird elements that didn't sit well with me as an Asian person. I understand that this is a world where there aren't any individual countries but whole continents but why is there a Japanese prince/emperor ruling in China? Like did Japanese imperialism happen again? And considering everything is insanely futuristic, I thought it was odd that people were writing official documents on scrolls. The honorifics used in this book were also seriously outdated.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Good storyline. A little bit slow in the beginning.. its getting better at the middle of the story
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excited for the rest of the series I've been meaning to read this book for three years and am so glad I finally did. It's one of my first forays into science fiction and it was great! Plus I want to adopt Iko...how Marissa Meyer managed to make an android so endearing is a gift. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series ASAP!
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally read this! This was cute. I have wanted to read it for quite some time, and it was so worth it! For Iko alone i would recommend this book. #plumreviw
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I loved this book. Once i started reading it i couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! As a fan of space, strong female characters, fairytales and unique romance there was no way I couldn't adore this book! The main character was a smart cyborg mechanic and is so much better than other heroines I have read in the past. However, I will say that the whole plot was very predictable and as soon as things were mentioned I solved them, I could see how the characters may not have caught on as quickly though. This book has something for everything!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I bought this book, and then I *had* to buy the rest of the series! It only took me two days to read the whole book because I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing It took me a couple chapters to get into it but then i was hooked and couldn’t stop reading. It’s a different and refreshing story from the original and overdone Cinderella stories out there. I hope that in the later books they will expand on what happens, otherwise the story will remain unfinished. The only think i didnt like is that you knew from the beginning how the biggest ’secret’ would end. I wish it hadn’t been so obvious.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. Pleasantly surprised. I was so unsure when I first picked this up off the shelf, but as soon as I got into the story I could not put it down. SO GOOD.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Book Trust me when I say that Cinder does get a lot better after the first half. I thought the beginning of the book was very slow. I was actually about to dnf it. But I continued on and ending up liking it a lot. The next few books in the Lunar Chronicles are A LOT better!!! But the ending of this one was pretty great as well.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Typically I can't stand any sort of cinderella story, so I was hesitant to read this, but the cyborg/futuristic aspect hooked me in from the beginning.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Amazing book.....I love fairy tales and this one beats them all. Just bought the rest of the series.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I’ve always loved fairy tale spin-offs and this may have been the best one yet. I loved the fact that the series was about heroins and heroes not just one or the other.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fairytale twist I haven't read a book like this in a while. For Cinderella "geeks" this book is perfection.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great original series of a twist on the classic fairytales, nothing not to love about this
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start Original and imaginative. Draws in the potential for an excellent storyline. Good read.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Cinder is a captivating character from the very start. The setting is inventive and interesting in its own right. Overall, a fun and engaging read.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book I've heard so many great things about The Lunar Chronicals and I've got to say that I wasn't expecting much from this book and it totally took me by surprise. I really liked the book and I love Cinder's character and also Kai!! It is well written and I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good start. I read this looking for something fun and light. I was swept of my feet and brought into this amazing universe of Cinder, Iko, Kai. This book is everything and so is the series as a whole, every character has an arc. For the series there are moments that feel unnecessary and weak. But overall it's a very good ride.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this!! I'm a sucker for fairytale spinoffs but BOY, WAS THIS AMAZING!!!!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Phenominal book. You thought you knoew Cinderella? Get ready for an epic new take. Couldn't put it down. Sooooo good. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! One of the most creative ideas for a novel series ever. Was thoroughly impressed all the way through.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from extraordinary This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. Super innovative and the original content wee need in this day and age! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful Loved this series-the fairytale twist was so creative!!
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised This book exceeded my expectations. It was excellent with great characters and an amazing story.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Look, I am not the type to pick up a robotic-science fiction novel, but this was so good. The chemistry between Kai and Cinder made my heart weak, and I reread their parts together all the time! The futuristic take on one of my favourite fairytales had me excited and did not let me down. Just go and get it. Like now.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that started a revolution After borrowing this book from a friend (who has yet to read it themselves!! ...And yes, I returned it!), I had to buy the whole series. I'm still trying to get her to pick it up when she has time! I need someone to gush with!
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to the series! Loved this book and Meyer's writing. I always find it fascinating how she interweaves details from the original fairy tales into her novels. It makes them so enjoyable to read!
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun interpretation This paperback has been sitting on my shelf for likely over a year, but I wanted something easy to read and fun, and I'm happy this did not disappoint. I found Meyer's take on this fairytale interesting and intuitive, and I was hooked to the plot.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good series Originally I wasn't planning to read this series, but a friend of mine convinced and I am glad I did. I really like the world that Marissa Meyers creates for the series and the characters that you are introduced. I'm happy to continue the series.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Encharming I absolutely LOVE this book. I originally started reading this book just because all my friends recommended it. I remember when I first read Cinder I could not get past the first page because I felt that it was going to be so boring. I honestly read the first page over 15 times just because it took me so long to get myself to become interested in it. After I did read more than the first page, I can still remember the moment, I was like O MY GOSH THIS IS SOOOOO GOOD! I could NOT put the book down after that. I read the book in over a day and half. I love how it reflected on the story of Cinderella, but changed the story and made it its own. I especially loved how Cinder was not a princess waiting to be saved, but instead was fighting for herself.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I love this contemporary take on classic fairytales with an epic addition of science fiction aspects!
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I have reread this book countless times and it hasn't faded
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I started it years ago and couldn't get into it. Picked up again and it has taken over my life.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic book! It's an interesting combination of fairytale & science fiction. The introduction of Linh Cinder is well done.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing Hands down best series I've ever read. I love all the characters and it incorporates the fairytale of Cidnerella so well into the plot. I'm not one to usually read futuristic sci-fi novels, but somehow this book made it work. Since it is the first in the series, it does take some time to introduce the world and really set the stage for the following books. I have literally lost count of how many times I have re-read this series.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fractured fairytale i love fractured fairytales and fantasy plus a twist of sci-fi was great
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read! It took me a while to get into the world, but once i did, I really liked the story. The world building could use some work, but im assuming the series builds with every book.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! one of the best series I've ever read with great sequels
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay The plot was predictable, I didn't like the characters, it was fairly disappointing
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!!! If you haven't read this book, go buy it right now! Buy the whole series. Heck, buy the box set. Marissa Meyer is amazing. I cannot say enough good things about it. The action never stops and you will not regret this one!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AHHH IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOKL!!!!!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible The first time I picked this book up I read the first couple of pages and I thought it seemed a bit weird and just kinda "meh". About a year later I decided to give it another go after hearing such great things about it and I am so glad that I did. This book, the whole series actually, is amazing. It is definitely ranked in my top 5 book series of all time. Although Cinder is a cyborg and there are androids and space ships in the book, it's not overly science fiction so if you aren't a fan of sci-fi you don't need to let that deter you with this series. If you are not hooked immediately then give it a few chapters, and I am confident you will be surprised. My first time around I didn't read more than a few pages, and I think I was not in much of a mood for reading period so that worked against me. So happy I picked this book up for a second try, well worth it. I own the whole set now and will definitely be re-reading them for years to come!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cinder I was afraid it would just be a direct Cinderella retelling with the cyborg twist. I was happily surprised to find that it isn’t that at all! Its really its own story with just a bit of the Cinderella story sprinkled in! The characters within this book are so charming and you can’t help but love them. Iko is a favorite for me, she’s a cute little robot that acts like she’s a human. Prince Kai is has some really good qualities. The evil stepmother and step sister are fine, but they did not annoy me so much as the evil Lunar Queen. Cinder is the main character and I liked her okay, but she wasn’t my favorite. Unfortunately there were some things that I just didn’t love about Cinder. First, its just predictable and you can see everything thats coming. I know that comes from being inspired by fairy tales and it puts you in a bit of a box where certain things need to happen. Also I was incredibly disappointed by the lack of world building, considering the amazing world that has been has created. I felt like we could have learned so much more! It just seemed that there was chunks missing. It felt a bit like instalove to me as well. Even though I had some issues with Cinder it was still a great book and I definitely plan on continuing the series!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good start I enjoyed Cinder but i think some parts were slow and the final twist could have been less predictable. The world the author created is fabulous and the series have potential. I will give a try to the sequels. This is a great one i you want to start YA. :-)
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok it could have been so much better, and the hype just wasn't up to the standards.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cinderella of the Future As someone who isn't all that much into sci-fi books, I decided to take a chance with this book. It took me a while to get into Cinder, but once I did, I was hooked. This book deals with discrimination, slavery, and the relationships with family, friends, and lovers. It captures the classic Cinderella story in a completely new and original way. If you like fantasy or twisted fairytales, I highly suggest reading this book. You won't regret it.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cinder I don't read science fiction but this was an interesting spin on classic fairy tales. I enjoyed this series more than I thought I would.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Interesting, fresh twist on the original story!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Loved This I personally thought this would be a cliché series but it got real good real fast. Definitely would read again.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This Book! I read this book a few months ago and I'm so glad I did! This book is a science-fiction twist of the original Cinderella story, and all I can say is that it's even better than the original story! You are guaranteed to love Cinder for being a mechanic and a cyborg, but the sad thing is that being a cyborg complicates her chances of a relationship with Prince Kai, and also the fact that she finds out she's a Lunar, which violates the law that states that Lunars are forbidden on Earth. And of course, we all love Kai, for his use of sarcasm up to the point of almost starting an intergalactic war. The novel Cinder has an amazing plot, and I would definitely recommend it to a friend!
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok While I saw parts of the plot coming I was incredibly surprised by the ending.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved everything about this book!
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good start Normaly, I don,t like Sci-Fi books but this one makes me want to give them a try.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the whole series!! I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. I went to the store the very next day to buy the rest of the series. Their such a fun read, and totally unique. Well written and totally worth buying the series right away!!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok good book- takes a while to get into but left me wanting to read the sequel!!!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I never thought I would get into a book like cinder, I ended up buying scarlet and cress. Winter and fairest are on my wish list. :)
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Really loved this idea of a cross over!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't regret it A great read and I'm proud to show off the cover on my shelf! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius! This book may seem cliché at first but just give it a read and you won't regret it. The story is so easy to get into and has such a unique spin on the fairytale.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series opener It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I was invested, I couldn't stop reading. It had a very 'The Force Awakens'-meets-fairytale feel to it, and it was a great combination. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This book is the first book of one of my favorite series. Before I read it, I never woul've guessed how much I would've been missing out on if I hadn't decided to read! I am very glad I didn't miss such in amazing boo! I would highly recommend anyone who loves sci-fi to not miss out on such an amazing book.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book so much!!!! I read this book about a month ago and I'm currently reading Winter, the final book of the series. This is such a good book and I recommend it to young teens. You will love this, I promise!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read. A mash up of science fiction, fairy tales, politics, and action, Meyer's Cinder brings a reader to a world of adventure and danger. It's so amazing!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great twist on a Classic A great start to the series that mies sci-fi and fantasy well together. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and couldn't wait to pick up the rest in the series.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Amazing One of those books that i just couldn't put down.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow Start Took me a while to get into this book but ended up glad that I stayed with it. A good read. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this! I went into this not really knowing what direction it was going to go with the whole spinning off fairy tales but it's completely original and imaginative and I couldn't put it down! I can't wait for the next book you could tell things are only getting started.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good series for after a mourning period read this after sarah j maas and was delighted. v good play on the classic tale cant wait to see where this goes
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't get enough If you want a good Cinderella retelling this book is it, it will want you to read more of the series
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! Cinder is a LOOSE RETELLING of Cinderella. Not the same old damsel in distress we all are used to reading when we were a kid. The story is set to 500 years into the future I believe. There are robots, people who live on the moon, hovers, romance, fantasy and sci-fi! I would highly recommend reading it. You won't regret buying it.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! 4.5 Cinder was such a great read! The character Cinder is awesome! I love the way the author dealt with retelling Cinderella. Props to Marissa Meyer! Genius!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from im so happy with the diversity! yay! finally a YA that takes place in east-asia! if you like DIVERSITY and SCIENCE and ROBOTS and FAIRYTALE RETELLINGS this is the book for you!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Purchased this book so long ago, but I still love to open it and read it again. This series will blow your mind! Definitely worth a read, Meyer put a wonderful twist into this book and it leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! This was a really good read and is a sci-fi version of Cinderella with a couple twists. I love the familiarity of the story and all of the twists added.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A MODERN CINDERELLA STORY This is a modern Cinderella story. For those of you who love dystopian kind of novel, you might like it. It is a one of a kind fairytale retelling. The setting is futuristic yet the author didn't fail to capture the reader’s interest for the “Princess meets the Prince” kind of scenario. And I love how unique the classic Cinderella glass slippers were represented in the story. This book will really make your mind wander on a cybernetics and robotics era while still seizing the “happily ever after” theme from your childhood.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OMG LOVED THIS My friend told me i should read this book, I did and fell in love. I loved the story and plot and the rest of the series is soo good.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reader A great debut of fairytale magic blended into a futuristic twist! This Cinderella in another set of shoes was a marvelous read
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Honestly this book did not impress me, and while the end of the book was a bit of a cliff hanger I didn't really want to read another book - and for me that would mean the book/ series failed. I'm sure some people really would like this book/ story/ series but for me it just fell flat.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series! When I picked up the first book, I didn't have much hopes for it, but I was desperate at the time since I didn't have anything to read. As soon as I started reading though... Oh boy, I couldn't stop. Everything in the book was amazing out of what I expected. As soon as I finished the first one, I bought the other 2 and binge read them as well. If you hadn't read this, then you are seriously missing out.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read This book doesn't disappoint! Very interesting story line! Have to buy the second book for sure
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My guilty pleasure I found this book at my kids book fair, I enjoy fairy tales as well as robots and thought why not. I am glad I picked it up, it was a fun read, I felt the characters were well thought out and took a neat spin on Cinderella. As one reviewer said the drawback is the book is a series, and doesn't come to a conclusion at the end.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip it I had high hopes for this book but it was not very good. There was no real ending and you need to buy the next book for more. There are way better series out there.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series! I bought the first book about a year ago and loved it. After each time i've finished a book I immediately ordered the next one in line. Amazing story, hope they make a movie on the series!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it finally finished reading the first one, cant wait to finish the whole series.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AHHH! This series is amazing and I would highly recommend but there is something about this book that will always make it my favourite
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Really Engrossing World and an Interesting Story There's a bit of a story about how I ended up stumbling across The Lunar Chronicles, but boy am I glad that I did! Cinder was a great start to the series, and definitely sucked me in! I'm waiting for Winter to ship to my local Indigo right now. :P I really loved the concept of a cyborg Cinderella, and I loved the fairy tale aspect of the book. I also really enjoyed the political aspects of the book. I'm kind of a political junkie, so it was cool learning about the politics of this futuristic world. Speaking of this futuristic world, what an amazing world Marissa Meyer has built! There's a part of me that wants to go skim through wikis so I can memorize more about this world, but I don't want to spoil myself before I finish the last book!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so gripping! #plumreview I loved the concept!! I also really liked the references to the classic tale!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Number one book! I bought this book after a friend recommended it for me and I loved it! This book inspired me to read more and more. It's and exciting retelling of the classic story Cinderella, with a SciFi twist to it. The series just gets better the more you read it.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! This immediately drew me in because it is nothing like anything that's been written before. What's better than combining Disney princesses with badass powers?
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what all the hype was about I read this book based on many booktube recommendations and its reviews...and I just could NOT get into it! I felt the writing was really "simple" and the author could have done so much more with the world she created. A story of "cyborgs" could have been so awesome....yet it fell short I think. Many say the rest of the series is really good however...but this is not one I will continue to read
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars Cinder was my least favorite book in this series. Scarlet was my third favorite, Cress my favorite and Winter, my second favorite.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book "Cinder" is somewhat of a retelling of Cinderella. Except in this story, she is a cyborg! Not to mention, a mechanic. She lives in New Beijing, and in her society cyborgs aren't looked upon highly, causing her to often conceal her identity. She has a mean stepmother, Adri, but her stepsister Peony is a sweetheart. Then we meet Prince Kai, who has furtive plans of his own with his personal little android. There is also a deadly plague spreading, terrorizing the Commonwealth... Shocking secrets are unveiled and this is the story of how Cinder will discover these truths and act accordingly.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from i disliked only the first book the rest are fine Ok, so i really, really didn't like the first book. I found did not dislike the romantic interest in this book but i didn't feel any sparks between them. They could have gotten together or broken up and i would have been like 'meh'. The action was a bit slow too by the time we actually got to the ball, i was skimming pages to get to the end. The book isn't bad nor are the characters or plot, i just personally found them boring. BUT the rest of the series is better and if you can stomach reading the first one to get to them, enjoy.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Love this series!! Kai & Cinder are my fave couple!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Are you up to something different? If so, this book is for you! True, there is a strong main character, a cute boy and a funny sidekick, but this dystopian fairy tale with a cyborg protagonist in an asian country is something I've never read before!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I liked this retelling, but it was a little slow
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I bought this a year ago, and I just recently reread it and I can't find anything like it! I loved it so much, and its a great balance between romance, adventure and girl power! 10/10!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just like the good ol' days! I was having a hard time finding a book that pulled me into the story since High School. I wanted a book that had a world so vivid that I would forget about the world around me, and that once I put the book down I would have to remind myself that the characters weren't real.I was so happy that someone recommended this book to me over and over and over until I finally read it! The ending was amazing!!! loved it!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I got this as a gift and wasn't sure if I would like it. After I read it though, I loved it! If you like sci-fi and fairytales/Disney then you'll love this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didnt like` I tried so hard to like it, but i just couldnt..
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book is a great first book into a wonderful series. Full of romance and action it was hard to put it down. If you're a fan of classic fairytales taken place in a dystopian era then this book entertain you for sure!
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love When i first bought this book I wasnt into it. Now that i'm older I really enjoyed this book. Cant wait to read the rest of them
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a great book. Classic revamping of Cinderella in such a fantastic way. This book made me obsessed with the rest of the series. Such a great story, highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome book! this book is a really great twist on the original version of Cinderella. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! What a great read! Classic Cinderella story has always been an amazing tale and this book really brought it to life!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it this series has always been one of my favourites. I bought this book as a reread but love it just a much. the extras at the back just made the story even better
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantabulous this series is amazing, i highly recommend it. the plot is very well written, it is both serious and comical, which is great!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! A great take on Cinderella! A fantastic read
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best YA series to date! To sum it up in one sentence, Marissa Meyer became my favourite author because of this book.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Cinder(ella) all over again... Unique. Fast paced. A one-sit read. Cinderella finally became the fairytale princess I want as a friend in this story. The ending was unpredictable, which I appreciate. The writing is not flowery or poetic by any means, but the story is the point and it certainly grabs your attention from the first page. The characters are vivid and real, even though they can't be (can they?) and the Universe Meyer has created seems implanted in the back of the reader's mind without much explanation needed. Well executed. Can't wait to read "Scarlet" ...
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This novel is a new twist on an old fairytale. These books really pull you in; I found it hard to put the book down and stayed up through the night in order to finish it.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Futuristic fairytale This is a fairytale reselling about Cinderella that takes place in the future, oh ya and Cinderella is also a cyborg! Absolutely love this seires
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! I loved reading this book and the series, it's a great a book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! For real, this is a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Orignal for its genre Slightly confusing in the beginning but well written and original in its take! Beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good I lost sleep Excellent book and series. Like a Si-Fi and fairy-tale rolled into one. Be prepared to NEED the next book ASAP. I went through them all in a matter of days over a vacation and lost way too much sleep. Best series I've read in a while. Love. Love. Love!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Than A Fairytale Fairytale and science fiction? Check, and check! Cinder is a brilliant read, and to be honest, The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series. This book is hard to put down the moment you start. The characters are lovable and very dynamic. If you ever need an outstanding book to read, I would definitely suggest Cinder!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this. Read in two sittings. The author strung together wonderful themes.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read It pains me to think that I was prejudiced against this book before ever giving it a shot. IT. IS. ONE. OF. MY. FAVOURITE. SERIES. EVER. Every single book is something new and fun and absolutely awesome, and the first book sets it all off perfectly. It follows the classic tale of Cinderella in its usual fashion, but the setting is just so unique and Marissa Meyer merged the world and the story together so seamlessly! Every scene is well-written and exciting, every character is lovable and cool in their own ways, and the Sci-Fi world the reader is introduced into is one of the coolest fictional settings I have ever read about. Adorable romance, funny dialogues, interesting characters, and many classic fairy tales but with a twist.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is a futuristic, sci-fi, feminist version of Cinderella, where the belle of the ball is actually a cyborg who's only real friend is an android and works at a mechanics shop trying to scrounge up enough money to leave her step-mother and step-sisters behind for good when she meets Prince Kai and learns some information that could potentially get her killed if anyone found out. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from O U T S T A N D I N G The only reason I purchased this book was because, when I saw it, it was on for half price. It sat on my bookshelf for months until I finally decided to pick it up. I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought, but wasn't sure about reading the rest of the series because I didn't want it to get worse as it went along. This is one of the only series where I can confidently say that it gets 83742983743% BETTER the further along in the series you get. One of my absolute favourite series, and I'm not even hardcore into sci-fi or fantasy
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic this book was amazing, I finished it in one sitting and it left me wanted more!!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than its time for the genre it belongs to 4.5 Stars Honestly, what in the name of stars was that ending? So, I did love Cinder. I loved every aspect of it. It was an absolutely brilliant novel. I won't say that I was enticed from the first word because in all honesty, I wasn't. To be transparent, I did put Cinder down for about a year and a half after finishing the first chapter because I did not love it. I thought it had a beginning too similar to many other books published at the same time it was published after looking back at all the novels published the same and following year of its publication. However, I would like to retract my earlier convictions of speculations on its plot being most likely incredibly similar to many other books like it, and in its genre. See, there were many things one might find similar between Cinder and books like it. The overall plot, when you only focus on the overall plot, with a movie lens, is similar: struggling girl meets handsome, rich boy, falls in love, finds out she's the ruler of an entire planet along with being part cyborg and one of the only keys to solving the problem to this massive math equation of a pandemic whilst simultaneously being imprisoned due to her estranged+evil aunt who happens to also be the ruler of said planet only through manipulation and murder. Woah that was a big run on sentence. Anywho, aside from what one sees from the movie lens (note: see the rest of this paragraph), there are many things that make this a very unique series/story. For example: (many below) 1. The country it takes place in. Many times, the books we read, particularly the ones in YA fiction, or in Sci-fi, take place in the United States (or space for Sci-fi), and refreshingly enough, this one did not. I think it is essential for authors in YA dystopian, sci-fi, or any sub-genre really,to acknowledge the existence of countries other than America. I mean, sure, it's quite obvious why dystopian authors like using it (honestly, who can blame them considering who the 45th POTUS is), but it was nice to see that Meyer acknowledged that hey! Asia exists! 2. The technology. I am proud to admit I am a science geek for all aspects of science (although, Chemistry does make me want to shoot off into space every now and then, but let's ignore that). I thoroughly enjoyed the correct use of biology, physics and chemistry in Cinder. It is not seen nearly enough times in YA and I want more. (This might also be the only reason I actually continued reading past chapter 1 of the book, too, so we can now all see how important science is to me.) I liked the correlation between Cinder's robotic organs/body parts+her organic ones, it was realistic. 3. A good protagonist I don't hate. Lately, I have been hating fewer and fewer female protagonists in YA. Either YA is getting a female protagonist update or I have set my standards very low. I hope its the former. Who knows? Not me, so, probably you. Anyway, I do think that Cinder wasn't a protagonist anyone should have to set their standards low for, though. She was strong-willed, confident and didn't take crap from people. She didn't let Prince--sorry, emperor Kai (What? Too soon?) walk all over her, and did acknowledge that she tried resisting him, but his bad flirting did charm her. The looks were a plus, I guess. 4. The culture. See, a lot of people who are not Chinese forget that the last name is said first and the first name is said last, but this book remembered, hoorah! It also remembered that, though many women might want to wear a gown to a ball, many women also might prefer wearing the traditional Chinese Kimono which Linh Audrey did. Good on her. I hate her though, but my reasons are different and we'll get back to her later (maybe if I feel like writing about the Umbridge 2.0 woman). 5. Characters. I liked Lihn Peonie and Linh Cinder. I liked Kai, although I had some issues. I hate Lihn Audrey, Lihn Pearl and Queen Levana. I feel like I would have liked Kai's dad, but oh well, guess I'll never know. (HEY IT"S BEEN LONG ENOUGH I CAN BE CASUAL ABOUT HIS DEATH IF KAI CAN BE DAYS LATER.) Okay so I guess we'll talk about *makes vomiting noises* Lihn Audrey and Lihn Peonie. *Cringes*. This'll be short. I hate them. They're horrible people that deserve to rot in a hole. Like, a legit hole. I hate them a lot for how the treated an orphan, and how they probably ended up alienating her to the point where she had no friends except the one android, and only her good adoptive sister to lean on. They really suck. ~My Issues~ or...well...issue. Kai. I loved Kai. I did. He was flirty and funny and made me like him a tad bit. So, it pains me to say this, but this boy showed such little regard for his father's death that it bothered me throughout the book. Legit, I still can't stop thinking about how quickly he got over it. Although, I guess I see why? He had to run a country or somethin', but still! Mourn a bit more. That would be more realistic. You were a 3D character but like--why you no mourn more? Okay, so, that's really it. That's all I had to say. Time to go binge read the rest of this series. What is money?
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cinder I loved Cinder’s intellect, her friendship with Iko, and how deeply she cared for her sister, it’s a creative take on Cinderella. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yup Definitely was doubting this book. The first time I picked it up, I put it back down after about 6 chapters. It wasn't something I would usually read, but as I moved through it, I enjoyed it. I would pick it up again and see these characters again.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nah This book is kind of over-hyped. Read it and did not like it that much.
Date published: 2017-05-07

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Lunar Chronicles:#1 New York Times-Bestselling SeriesUSA Today BestsellerPublishers Weekly Bestseller"A mash up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderalla, Terminator, and Star Wars." -Entertainment Weekly "Prince Charming among the cyborgs." -The Wall Street Journal"Terrific." -Los Angeles Times"Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairytale genre." -The Seattle Times"Epic awesome." -Bustle"A binge-reading treat." -MTV"Takes the classic to a whole new level." -NPR