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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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.)

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, 8.23 × 5.54 × 1.2 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250007208

ISBN - 13:9781250007209

Reviews

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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars The premise of this is amazing and most of the book was up to it, but I do wish some elements (world-building wise mostly) were more fleshed out. It was also very predictable and not so emotional. But I did like it and have high hopes for the sequel, Scarlet. I liked Cinder, Kai and Dr. Erland's characters (mostly Erland. I wish we have more of him to come) and found the story entertaining.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite! #plumreview - Fairytale meets Sci-Fi?! YES PLEASE! This book combines two of my favourite genres and it was AMAZING! I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Cinder is loosely based on a retelling of Cinderella, but it's set in the future in a world with cyborgs, androids and people who come from the moon! Marissa Meyers captured my interest in Heartless, and I knew I had to check out more of her work. Even though I was able to guess one of the main plot twists, I still found the entire book to be so captivating and entertaining. IT'S SO GOOOOOOD!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! SO GOOD Its an amazing book! At first I was hesitant when I saw the book despite its captivating cover. I thought it would be another cinderella story but I took a chance and its definitely not just another cinderella story its very different. There are so many twists and unexpected events that occur that you don't want to put this book down.I absolutely loved it and I'm glad I bought the book!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book An absolute page turner. I couldn't put it down. I've always loved twisted fairy tales, and the sci-fi elements made this the perfect book for me. Extremely fun and captivating.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read this a couple years ago and it was one of my favourite series. Good storyline and decent romance.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised! My mom got me this for Christmas and I wasn't sure how much I would like it, but this book was so surprisingly amazing! The storyline is amazing, it's a mixture of fantasy and sci-fy. I absolutely loved Cinder and cannot wait to read the rest!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I wasn't sure about this book but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK This is a very popular book that does it's own unique take on cinderella
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! While I predicted one of the plot points, the rest of the book was filled with different surprises that I didn't expect even though it resembled Cinderella. Definitely one of my all time favourites!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Loved the twist on a classical fairy tail! Definitely worth the read, it just keeps you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I didn't hate it The story is kind of slow for my taste. I only read it because I heard good things about the later books in the series.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Great book. Chapters are short and makes you want to keep reading.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Incredible book! I would recommend it to anyone who likes drama, romance and sic-fi
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Not your typical novel. Its like a clash of technology with fairytales...and its unexpected how the author wraps it all together #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved IT great first book to lunar chronicles ... amazing twist
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Sci-Fi Fairy Tale I do think this book is over-hyped, but I don't see how anyone could not enjoy it. It's a creative retelling with likable characters and stakes that get progressively higher. The climax is a bit confusing, but that's okay because this is the first book in a series, not a standalone.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Retelling ! This book is original, and familiar all at once! Interesting new storyline makes is modern for a new generation.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story I love fairy tales and I love Cinderella, so when I bought this book for around $5 I figured I couldn't go wrong. And I was right. Cinder is an amazing book, with great storytelling and characters.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Retelling Not my favourite fairytale, Cinderella has been redone so many times I has some trepidation when going to read this, but I surprised by how it played out. The characters were very witty and it was an interesting twist on a classic tale.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK I have recently read Cinder, and I have got to say it was worth it. If you like the traditional fairy-tales, then Cinder is the book for you. However, it is with a twist. With fun and witty characters, you will enjoy reading Cinder.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely So much better than I was expecting!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Modern Retelling This is the best modern retelling of a fairytale that I've ever read, and that I am most likely to ever read (yes, I went there). Also, to be perfectly fair, it's also the weakest book in the series, which is saying a lot since I gave it a five stars. I highly recommend this entire series!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The New Cinderella It is defintely a unique re-telling, but I really liked. It made me want to continue reading the rest of the books, which overall was a great series.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic I love traditional fairytales, but this rendition is an awesome re-telling of the classic. It will definitely hook you in!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Not my favourite retelling, although it isn't really my favourite fairy tale in the first place. It was still a really good book and I did continue on in the series. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! So good! The perfect mix of science fiction and classic fairy tail with so many unexpected twists.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar! Loved every bit of this book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing fairy tale re-telling! I absolutely loved Cinder. I really enjoyed her narrative and watching how she faced her struggles. Cinder is a complex character but it is this complexity which makes her fascinating. Meyer does a fantastic job at taking a classic fairy tale and re-telling it in a sci-fi manner! Also her [Cinder's] name - it is actually quite brillant especially when you read the later books in the series since it is not only to relate to 'Cinderella' but represents a part of her life!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I remembered being blown away with the story when I read it during my summer break. Though the plot was slightly predictable, it did not dampen the enjoyment and love I have for this book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a futuristic spin on classical fairy tale stories.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cinder I love this book, the series is really good, very empowering for girls. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exceptional I first fell in love with Cinder simply with the cover page. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. Cinder is an exceptional book that takes you on an amazing adventure. A must read!
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unlike anything I've read before! If you're looking for an action-packed, intircate plot, complex character, unique read, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AGH TLC The series is amazing, and Meyer did a really good job tying in every character together. Cinder is my favorite of the entire series.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great read for all ages! Continue the series, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Great Book! Wow, I went into this book with high expectations after I had heard so many good reviews. I was not let down. I really enjoyed this. As a fan of fairytales and retellings, this was definitely a new one for me. The futuristic/scifi aspect was something i've never seen in a retelling before. The setting, New Beijing, was a nice surprise as well. I just ordered the rest of the series and can't wait to read them all!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good I was a bit surprised by how much I liked this book, but it's definitely one of my favourites
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I bought Cinder on a whim and glad that I did. Cinder is a page turner. It's made me want to buy all the books in the series.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I haven't seen such a a fairy tale, turned into something completely different. I highly recommend reading this book, if you like fairy tales romance and a lil scifi. I love the ending to this book. Definitely reading the sequel
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I was so wrapped up in this book I couldn't put it down! An intriguing take on a classic fairytale. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite series I love to read fairytale retellings, usually I am not a fan of sci-fi books about aliens but this the exceptions. This is one of my favourite books from the series, I liked the second book, Scarlet, slightly less. I just love Cinder and Kai, Iko is so cute, so 5 stars all the way.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Original and entertaining. I loved this!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book in a fun series I was skeptical at first. I didn't know how i would like the Cyborg Cinderella twist. This is a great story, so vivid and entertaining. I couldn't finish it fast enough. I really recommend having the next book in the series lined up and ready to go because once you finish this book you will need to keep reading!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK This book is so great. I read it in a single night. 10/10 recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great futuristic Cinderella I love retellings of Cinderella. The best ones are those that stay loyal to the basic plot points while adding a clever twist. This book does these things so well. The story has that comforting familiarity of the classic fairy tale, but at the same time feels completely original, due to its well-rounded characters and unique setting. A must-read for fans of Cinderella, fairy tale retellings, and great world-building.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome ! Great start to an interesting series... I love the plot :)
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Greatly recommended!! nice retelling of Cinderella! I am at a loss of words with this book. Where do I start? That it’s a fantastic somewhat retelling of Cinderella with a futuristic twist that includes cyborgs, other planetary beings, and a couple that you want together so freaking bad you can feel the sparks fly but when they’re so close they take two steps back and you fall back in your seat in complete frustration...yeah it’s that kind of book. It didn’t take me too long to finish this one. It’s very engaging, loved the setting and Cinder as a character. She’s no Mary Sue, nor a damsel in distress. She’s just someone who was dedicated to taking care Peony and doing her job. We definitely love main characters like these! The writing in the book was excellent, the characters are extremely well done enough that their personalities bring out the feelings from the reader. (My God, I hated Adri and Pearl so much I almost was spitting venom whenever they appeared in the novel). I loved Cinder and Kai. The chemistry is there, both of them are extremely likable, and you just KNOW they’re meant to be. The plot is also well written. A plague is introduced in this novel, with otherworldly beings from the Moon also part of the story line with a ruler that makes all other dictators hang their heads in shame. The plot thickens with your usual villainous Evil Queen but I’m sure she’s got more up her sleeve as the series progresses. YA lovers will absolutely love this book. It’s such a great read, it won’t take long to finish. Great start to the series, can’t wait to read more of this!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome retelling! Solid first book to one of my most favorite series!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love Cinderella retellings I wanted to read this book but I was skeptical about it so I decided to borrow it from a friend instead of buying it. It's world and and setting is definitely unique. Not that robots are unique but if you pair it up as a re-telling of Cinderella, then it makes it unique. Cinderella re-tellings were always my favourite which is probably why I loved this book so much. But I'd rather borrow this series from the library than buying it. It was good but if I don't get to read the other books in the series, I don't think I'll mind that much.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT I really loved the book series. It have been my favourite series!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I ABSOLOUTLY LOVED IT I got this book a few month ago, and ever since I finished the series, it's been my favourite series. I cried, laughed, felt joy with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Loved this book. It was weirdly amazing.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I ordered this book a couple weeks ago, when i received it, I could not put it down. Loved it!!!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazinggg!!! I read this a few years ago and loved every second of it!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved the book! Great universe and well developed characters. The only reason i would give this book a 4 star is because the plot twist was pretty obvious from the beginning of the story. I was able to predict it while reading :(.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I got this book a few years back when I read a review praising this book. I was one of the first to finish the series (from the people I know) and I have to say it's amazing. I had the luxury of no spoilers whatsoever as no one else had read the books.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I bought this book about a month ago, and now I'm done reading the whole series! This was a great book, and one of my favourites out of all of them. I hope to see more books from Marissa Meyer in the future
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cinder I Love how you Created Cinder the Cyborg.. my imagination just painting it's own movie screen of this book. I truly am not or wasn't a huge reader, now I am glued to these chronicles.thanks for such great novels for us to read.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great use of fairytales and dystopia, one of the best YA books I've read in a while!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book What a great twist to classic fairy tales !
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! Loved the first book in this series. An interesting take on a classic fairy tale.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I read the book quite recently. Im a big fan of Meyer's dystopian universe that she creates in this novel. The only thing that probably prevented me from giving this book a five star is the plot twist. I was kinda able to figure out the plot twist in the very beginning, it was abit obvious. However, I'm still actually looking forward to get the next book in the series, because the book ends with a cliff hanger and I cant wait to read what happens next!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Really good book and very different from any Iv'e read recently! I mean it's the same in some was because it does focus on a dystopian land with strange people and strange cultures, but I think Meyer does an amazing job at making the novel as unique as possible. Now that the big news is all out in the open, I really don't know what's going to happen but I can't wait to find out! Overall, Cinder was a really good read if you like young adult fantasy based on dystopian lands and definitely gets five stars from me! :)
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome The hype on this series is real, really enjoyed this book and will be continuing the series
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish As an adult, reading YA novels, I find it hit or miss. This one was a miss.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love Right from the very first paragraph to the very last one, this book had me hooked.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love Right from the first paragraph to the last, I was hooked on.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer I actually loved this book. I could not put it down.This book was addictive and I just put my other books aside and kept reading till I finished it. You know when people keep talking about a book. this is fantastic! OMG, you have to read this! I just love this book. So much that I want to marry it. Seriously. I love Cinder. This is my favourite Cinderella retelling so far. I love Sci-Fi and I need to read more of it.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! I originally read this years ago while they were still being published but i re-read it and it was even better than i remembered!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! I love this book I couldn't put it down I had to have the next one. I didn't t think I was gonna love it but I did and I wish I didn't wait so long!!!!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool book if you love scifi and fairy tales get ready for....... THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. T H E B E S T
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cinderella Like Never Before! Oh my goodness, Cinderella as a....cyborg?! YES! It is such a fresh, futuristic take on an old classic, but I'm not seeing the damsel in distress - She is independant and strong. With it being a series of novels, which I haven't read yet, I believe (hope) they all tie together and we eventually find out if she gets her happily ever after! Can't wait to read the rest!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had a hard time getting into it. What I read was good, but I had a hard time getting into it.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK I loved the book. Some parts were predictable, but overall amazing read. I got my other 3 friends into the whole series too!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good #plumreview I liked this book more than I thought I would #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great twist of sci-fi with fairy tales. Also love that there are POC main characters!!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly great Although a cyborg Cinderella doesn't seem promising, this book delivered. Good action and good characters.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read! This is the perfect book for you if you like YA novels and a bit of sci-fi. The concept is great, the characters are relatable, human, and we get attached to them easily.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adored it! I love the concept: retelling fairy tales in a sci-fi setting! Cinder is a very relatable character, if we put ourselves in her shoes, we would have probably made the same decisions, although maybe not the best decision. The secondary characters are also very attaching and the writing style is engaging, the plot unfolds very well. A must read if you like YA novels.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Retelling Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Now, we've all probably read a retelling of Cinderella, at some point in our lives because it's the most widely rewritten fairy tale in the world. However, this book is a very original retelling, and worth the read. It's a dystopian version of Cinderella, that has many ties to the original story but is one in itself.The book will keep you turning the pages, and chasing after the next books in the series. A great read
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I LOVE fairy tale retellings but I've never seen them with such a sci-fi twist! Definitely worth a reread!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun and clever retelling I must admit, I read the back cover of this book and thought it would be awful. But when I DID decide to read it, I was instantly charmed. There is a lot more to this book than I'd expected from a YA fairy tale retelling - there's aliens, a plague, a war, all kinds of stuff going on beyond just the fact that in this one, Cinderella is an android. Very worth it!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD It is a thrilling, amazing, jaw dropping novel that I could not put down!!!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD It is a thrilling, amazing, jaw dropping novel that I could not put down!!!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A THIRLLING TALE! I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend and I loved every second of it. For the fantasy lover it is the perfect book that takes a classic tale and makes it new! With twists and turns in every chapter Cinder makes for a great read!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I love it!!! I got this book for Christmas and I finished it the next day! It was filled with action adventure and mystery I would totally recommend this to anyone who loves to read!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is the reason why i love books Okay, this book and series are my all time favourites. This first book is amazing and once you're done, you'll be running to the library/bookstore to find the whole series. :DD
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was an amazing book! So glad I read the series!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic novel I thought this book would be boring, since i am not a fan of fairytales, but it was the complete opposite.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning and Amazing This is the first book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. An exceptional read that will keep you riveted from the beginning to the end.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GAWD I LOVED THIS BOOK! I'm a huge sucker for fairytale retellings, and this one nailed it! The twist of Cinderella being a cyborg is genius and the entire series is perfect. I can't tell you anything bad about it at all. If I could give it 100 star, I would in a heartbeat!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent read 3.5 Stars. I really enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to the next novel. A very unique spin on a classic story. The only reason this got 3 stars instead of 4 is because it was easy to see from the beginning of the novel what the "big reveal"/plot twist would be. I wish it had been a little bit less obvious. Interesting world building though and a fun read.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Highly Enjoyed This Book! I'll be honest I thought the books was hard to get into at first. Only because I am not used to sci-fi books, but once you got past the first few chapters it was very well written. I thought the way the writer introduced all the characters was very well played out and I found the story line very intriguing.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read This is a retelling story of Cinderella. However, in this case, Cinder is half robot half human(or...) The story line of this story is pretty much like the classic Cinderella, however, the author successfully made it more modern and really interesting to read. If you are a fantasy, science fiction or a fair tail lover, go pick this book up! You will like it. However, be warned, the story does not get really interesting until half of the book. But once you get there it was just sooooo amazing. I am glad that I didn't give up reading it. In fact, after I got past the not so interesting part, I just can not stop reading it. It was really good
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from just... WOW Started off a bit weird, didn't read the back didn't know what i was getting myself into but fell so utterly in love with it.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bachelor & Hunger Game Hybrid In the world of overly saturated dystopian novels, I can happily say that this book was refreshingly different. Now I know some could wonder how it could be 'new' content as it's being sold as a retelling of the old Cinderella tale. Before I picked this novel up, I probably would have been one of the same who thought that way. Really, prior to picking this novel up I knew nothing about it. I thought it would be a modern retelling of Cinderella and I was happy with that. This novel was more than that though. I had no idea that this story would have such a science fiction/fantasy turn. It was amazing! Cinderella in this story is surely different but not in a way that many will guess. I can't wait for the next novels in this series. The next one has already been ordered!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very refreshingly new take on Cinderella! In the world of overly saturated dystopian novels, I can happily say that this book was refreshingly different. Now I know some could wonder how it could be 'new' content as it's being sold as a retelling of the old Cinderella tale. Before I picked this novel up, I probably would have been one of the same who thought that way. Really, prior to picking this novel up I knew nothing about it. I thought it would be a modern retelling of Cinderella and I was happy with that. This novel was more than that though. I had no idea that this story would have such a science fiction/fantasy turn. It was amazing! Cinderella in this story is surely different but not in a way that many will guess. I can't wait for the next novels in this series. The next one has already been ordered!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This is a retelling story of Cinderella. However, in this case, Cinder is half robot half human(or...) The story line of this story is pretty much like the classic Cinderella, however, the author successfully made it more modern and really interesting to read. If you are a fantasy, science fiction or a fair tail lover, go pick this book up! You will like it. However, be warned, the story does not get really interesting until half of the book. But once you get there it was just sooooo amazing. I am glad that I didn't give up reading it. In fact, after I got past the not so interesting part, I just can not stop reading it. It was really good
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Great This was an unexpected sci fi take on cinderella, and it really worked. It definitely exceeded my expectations
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I've read quite a few novels inspired by the story of Cinderella of this has to be my favourite. I'm not even a huge sci-fi fan but I loved this book and all of the characters. So interesting!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It is a good book and definitely better then I thought it would be.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was even better than I expected. It is captivating and the author does a great job in retelling the classic fairy tale.
Date published: 2016-12-22

Editorial Reviews

"Singing mice and glass slippers are replaced with snarky androids and mechanical feet in this richly imagined and darkly subversive retelling of 'Cinderella.'" -BCCB"This is one buzzed novel that totally delivers." -Stacked Books Blog"I absolutely loved Cinder. Marissa took a well known story and created an amazingly fantastic new twist, making this it an all together new story." -Between the Covers Blog"Cinder is loads of fun--mostly due to seeing a familiar story play out in a new setting, but Cinder herself is also a tough, smart, mouthy, resourceful heroine, so spending almost 400 pages with her is completely enjoyable--and I'm totally, totally looking forward to the next one in the series." -Bookshelves of Doom"Terrific." -Los Angeles Times"Author Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on Cinderella." -The Seattle Times"Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry." -Horn Book Magazine"What they [readers] do not know until they begin turning the pages of this fable-turned-dystopian-science-fiction novel, is that Meyer's embellishments create a spellbinding story of their own." -VOYA"First in the Lunar Chronicles series, this futuristic twist on Cinderella retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But debut author Meyer's brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Fairy tales are becoming all the rage, with the TV shows Once Upon a Time and Grimm spinning them through a modern filter. The 26-year-old Meyer's debut novel Cinder, though, combines a classic folk tale with hints of The Terminator and Star Wars in the first book of The Lunar Chronicles young-adult series due out Jan. 3." -USAToday.com"Cinderella is a cyborg in this futuristic take on the fairy tale, the first book in Ms. Meyer's planned 'Lunar Chronicles' series." -Wall Street Journal, in a round-up called "After Harry Potter: The Search for the Magic Formula""This series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future." -Kirkus Reviews"There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on 'Cinderella,' the first in a four-book series." -Booklist