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 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 2 thumbs up Cinder was an amazing book. Just because this is aimed for teens-tweens dont think you are too old because you are never to old for a good book. This is an amazing book, too thumbs up and an easy 5 stars!
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 Must read for sure This book is just AMAZING! I didn't think it would be this good. It has a great amount of Sci-Fi, mixed in with a fairytale, with a futuristic touch full of suspense and romance. It is a must read for sure!
Date published: 2015-10-01
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 4 out of 5 by from a great take on a fairy tale This is such a great take on a fairy tale I loved as a child. Cinder is a cyborg! I can't wait to read Scarlet!
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising The book was really good and a nice change from the typical book formulas. I would highly recommend it! :D
Date published: 2015-08-02
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 Love it I loved this book! I think it's a great way to tell an old story. I could not stop reading this book, I was up all night to finish this book.
Date published: 2015-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded Expectations I had an idea of what the story could have turned out stone it does follow a classic fairy tale. However, the author puts a whirl wind on such a tale. The setting is in a futuristic, fantasy world. Mixing Sci - Fi with fantasy, your imagination ignites with wonderful imagery. Characters are exciting and relatable. The author has really put a lot of effort into a story we all thought we knew. You think you know your fairy tales? Then I dare you to start reading this series and prepare for an epic adventure.
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from J'adore! I loved the book and the quality is impeccable. I love how it doesn't go along the "and they lived happily ever after" cliques and is a fresh story compared to its inspiration Cinderella.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did I wait so long? I have been avoiding this series for who know how long because I didn't think I would latch onto the story and I was starting g to believe that there wasn't anyone who could bring a fresh look to this old tale, but color me WRONG! The adaptation on Cinderella to this futuristic masterpiece is breathtaking. The ties to it original folklore are so finely woven into unique environments and characters that it becomes this beauty blend of the old without suffocating us with the similarities. Cinder is a hero we don't see much of in this type of setting, we go from a beautiful maiden that is hardened by her work life and step family to this clever and genuine cyborg mechanic with a heart as big as her processor. She's a modern Cinderella we can really latch onto and root for. We only got to see hints of her character growing towards the end so I'm really looking forward to seeing more personal growth in the next book. I The world that Cinder lives in is nothing short of amazing. I have always been a fan of the futuristic Tokyo-China style scene in movies and to bring such a big and complex world to life with nothing but words is nothing but genius and the perfect setting to the modern retelling. The plot twisters a but sudden. It's like they were suddenly thrust on me and before I could really accept them they glossed over the next one. Not much adjustment time. With that said I am so happy I finally decided to pick this series up. Instant fan!
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book, quick read! I can't put this book down! I love Iko...she cracks me up!! I wonder if they'll ever make a movie of this book series one day? I'm not finished with the book yet but I'm over half way through. For the person who gave this STORY a one star review due to A FONT issue....I didn't like the publisher's default either but you can CHANGE it! How did you actually like the STORY? Great book, worth a shot!
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cinder Cinder is a classic with a twist. We all have heard of Cinderella and her singing mice and her Prince Charming, but in this novel Prince Charming happens to hate who she is, and Cinderellas singing mice are Androids with sassy personalities. Cinder herself is a cyborg.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good But Predicatable Creative concept. Predictable. Mildly disappointing. After completing this novel. I finally found the aptitude to write this book review. This book is literally a mild disappointment. From reading the reviews and seeing the ratings of the book I really expected better. Surely I had acknowledged the fact that the book is based on a some-what "Cinderella" story-line; where the protagonist "Cinder" is characteristically portrayed as "Cinderella." However it is different as it is based in the future and Cinder happens to be Cyborg as well as a Lunar. Though still keeping the same traits of the "Cinderella" story; evil stepmother, manipulative stepsisters, kingdom, prince charming, a ball, along with the struggles that Cinder goes through and gets herself into. Sufficiently this novel has taken to a whole new level in comparison to most fairy-tale based "Cinderella" stories. Though I had hoped for a more superior plot. Throughout the story there were rarely any excitements to greet you as you read on, it barely kept me on edge! Everything just seems very predictable. From the beginning till the very end. You realize almost immediately that the particular hints given in the book were literally staring you right in the face and you can basically predict when or what will happen next. For starters when the story reveals about the lost Princess Selene, it was so obvious that after describing her traits that it is indirectly suggesting that the lost princess can be in fact, Cinder! Which in the last few chapters of the book was revealed she is in fact the lost princess! How predictable! As well the tragic death of Peony and Iko, surely it was written in an engaging surprising way but literally you can basically guess that it will happen just by its written format. Everything just seems so obvious! Another predicament point is the part where she 'has' to go to the ball for the all important message she has to tell the prince, Prince Kaito. Like it's her destiny! As well as the somewhat surprising kiss between Cinder and Prince Kaito, like really? Though there were some surprising fragments in the book, the most significant would be the fact that Dr. Erland was also a Lunar. Overall I find that throughout the book the author is just pushing her limits to try hard to make every part intimidating; like you should 'in fact' be shocked about it. Thus I do have to give credit to the author, Marissa Meyer's wonderful creative mind to have such a unique way to tell the tale of "Cinderella." It's fascinating to learn about machinery throughout the book and the different concept of how Cinderella's life could have been if she were not human. It is definitely a very challenging way to retell a tale that many knows best and turning into something that can be brought upon into the future. I really admire author, Marissa Meyer's work. Hence I still feel disappointed for the overall outcome of the book. Perhaps I had a higher expectation. But I am glad many enjoyed it!
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Very well written. It's a great twist to the old fairy tales.
Date published: 2014-10-25
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 Cinder What a beaut
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Overall, it was a good story and fun twist on an old fairy tale. There were parts that were a little hard to follow, and others where the foreshadowing and hints were a bit heavy handed. Otherwise, it seemed well written and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Excellent book for young adults and the young at heart. Interesting story line which kept me excited and looking forward to each new book in the series. I enjoyed how each new love interest couple was introduced into each new book. Only part that I did not enjoy was the fact that the main story line takes place in Asia. Since I have never been nor have I any interest in going it made it more difficult to relate.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good 4.5 This book was so refreshing and entertaining, talk about a modern twist on Cinderella! The characters were incredibly well rounded; Cinder and Kai were likeable while the villains played their roles perfectly. The writing was good, there were just a few awkward hiccups but that’s to be expected from a first book. More importantly, the concept was fantastic! This is easily one of my favourite science-fiction books, and I love that it stayed away from the dystopic area. Set eons in the future after Earth has survived two more World Wars and its newest enemy is an evolutionary nightmare residing on the moon. The setting was also amazing, I love that this was set in Asia when so many books like it are American based in all aspects. This global perspective made me really happy. It was a little predictable, I had the plot accurately figured out on page 44, but I’ve seen Cinderella a few times. My only major pet peeve involves some of Cinder’s motivations. I get her position in society as a cyborg and I get her position in her family as the unwanted adoptive daughter. I even understand her attraction to the prince. What I don’t get is how a girl with as much intellect, heart, courage and attitude as Cinder does nothing for herself. ****SPOILERS******I understand working for the family and accepting her fate with Dr. Erland after Peony gets sick but the ending, when she decides to risk it all in order to help Kai, again and again, that I don’t get. I’m not saying I want her to be a selfish diva like she’ll be expected to be given her heritage hide spoiler, but it would be nice to see her do something for herself just because she wants to! Like when she kissed Kai –and damn him for not kissing her back! ****END SPOILER*** I have issues with girls that do everything for boys, this is more than a Grimm tale now, and I hope that changes in the next Lunar Series installment. All of that being said, I still enjoyed this book immensely.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good Read this whole series. Positively loved the creativness and realism. I entirely fell right into the fantasy and definitely couldn't put it down. Wonderfully written and excellent story line. Descriptive and virtually sucks you in. I was very disappointed to finish them. Amazingly well done.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cinder Fantastic book set in the future and keeps you waiting to turn the next page. It left me hanging AT&T the end though so there has to be a cinder 2 somewhere being written
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cinderella meets Sailormoon What is up with the caps lock format of this book?? Made reading this book very unpleasant. Very YA themes but fun twist on the classic fairy tale. Loved that Cinderella is portrayed as a cyborg mechanic. The "big twist" at the end of the book is pretty obvious by the first 3 chapters tho. Good for a fluffy, mind numbing read...except for that cliffhanger at the end. Guess I need the next books to know what happens next. :-
Date published: 2014-06-28
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 Wendy Great book can't wait for the next novel.
Date published: 2014-05-31
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.""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