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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer

Square Fish | January 8, 2013 | Trade Paperback

1 of 5 in the series
Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men
Which of your characters is most like you?
I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no--I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naïve side--things that could be said about me too--although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it.
Where do you write?
I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?
Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued.
The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?
Scarlet is awesome--she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.22 × 5.46 × 1.24 in

Published: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250007208

ISBN - 13: 9781250007209

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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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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.22 × 5.46 × 1.24 in

Published: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250007208

ISBN - 13: 9781250007209

From the Publisher

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men
Which of your characters is most like you?
I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no--I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naïve side--things that could be said about me too--although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it.
Where do you write?
I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?
Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued.
The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?
Scarlet is awesome--she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)

About the Author

Marissa Meyer was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, home of Almond Roca and Stadium High School, which was made famous when Heath Ledger danced down the stadium steps in 10 Things I Hate About You. Marissa didn't actually go to Stadium High School, but she did attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband. Cinder is her YA debut.

Editorial Reviews

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