Cinder

Cinder

Book rating: 05 CD-Audio Lunar Chronicles

By (author) Marissa Meyer, Read by Rebecca Soler

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN AUDIO
  • Format: CD-Audio | 8 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 23mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1427215006
  • ISBN 13: 9781427215000
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 464,779

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A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and "Terminator--"set in a "Star Wars" kind of world--Marissa Meyer's "Cinder" is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella 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.

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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. Rebecca Soler is a film and voiceover actress who won a 2009 "AudioFile" Earphones Award for her narration of "After" by Amy Efaw. Her audiobook credits include work by authors such as Judy Blume, James Patterson and Sarah Dessen. Soler has also narrated the popular young adult series "The Lunar Chronicles "by Marissa Meyer. Her voice over credits include various video games, like "Star Wars: The Old Republic" and "Red Dead Redemption" and television shows such as "Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." She lives in New York City.

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By Ruth Hill 25 Dec 2013 5

This is a book I have wanted to read almost from the moment it came out. After all, it is based on Cinderella, it is science fiction, and it written by someone from my hometown--Tacoma, Washington! I had this book sitting on my bookshelf for several months before I had the moment to pick it up and read it. And read it I did! Trying to explain this book to anyone is almost as impossible as explaining "The Hunger Games." Yes, I do liken this to that book. It is as well-written, and it has no profanity nor sex scenes. Go figure! I wish someone would pick it up and make a film because I am certain it would do well!

I can't say enough about this book. I don't want to add any spoilers, so let's just say this. I am not a science fiction fan, but there are those books and stories that make me like the genre. And this is one of them. This is an all-around good story. Marissa Meyer has a way of making this story make sense even though it is so futuristic. The terms she uses that aren't "real" terms in this day and age actually make sense. I didn't even need a dictionary for them. I cannot wait to read the sequel!

By Kale 27 Jan 2012 5

Marissa Meyer takes a classic standard like Cinderella and tricks it out, managing to merge nostalgia and a sci-fi spin, creating fairytale fusion with a high tech twist.

Cinder is the foremost authority of all things mechanical in New Bejing. Fitting since she's part robot. But in the modernistic technologically advanced unhappily ever after of Cinder's world the only thing more reviled than the decrepit state of her home life, is Cinder's cyborg status. Being almost human carries a stigma akin to second class citizenry. Cinder's no newbie to the less than stellar treatment but with a plague looming, and her household hit hard, things are definitely going to get worse before they get better.

A chance encounter with a prince has her fortunes turning though, and as Cinder's journey to help her sister and the young heir progresses, Cinder will learn some startling revelations about herself as well as uncovering a conspiracy that could destroy New Bejing. Irony must be an android, since the world's salvation hinges on Cinder, a socially dejected semi-human grease monkey with a secret past.

I must admit the cover intrigued me and while Cinder wasn't my most anticipated new release of the year, it soon became my new favorite series. In this inventive retelling Cinderella gets some serious upgrades introducing a futuristic fun world and exceptional characters that will enchant you. Meyer manages to reduce readers to pediatric puddles bringing out the little girl within, while appealing to the more grown up palettes of adult and adolescent audiences.

My only pet peeve is the perpetuation of the story line with secrets and non communication. It's frustrating as a reader when a plot's structure is bound by an unsaid wall, it's imminent unraveling poised upon more patient lips, and it's not always apparent why the character is remaining silent. I find this device a flimsy way to build a foundation to a story line. But while a few key points were planted in this way, it wasn't the sole driving factor in the main thread, which saved Cinder from being just another typical lazily constructed YA novel.

Narrator Rebecca Soler provided a stellar performance. She had a great voice for the youthful cast. Soler was energetic, enthusiastic, and spot on when it came to conveying the characters moods. While anyone can be loud and boisterous, a good narrator can express the subtle nuances so you can hear the quirk, snark, or cluelessness in the moment or character, and Solar was excellent at those inflective cues. Cinder is yet another example of a quality reader paired with a quality recording and makes me enthusiastic that publishers are taking the audiobook industry seriously.

Don't let the classic framework deter you. While inspired by the fairy tale, Cinder's on trend with entertainment now. With the next installment Scarlett to be based on Little Red Riding Hood, fans of shows like Grimm and Once Upon A Time will find The Lunar Chronicles an infusion of new life to old fiction. Fresh and invigorating, yet different enough to surprise and make anyone feel like a kid again, Cinder and Meyer are exciting new additions to the YA field.

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"Rebecca Soler's sweet but firm voice conducts the listener through a fresh, quirky take on an old trope: reimagined fairytales...Overall, this is good fun, and provides encouragement for the next adventure." - "Locus ""Narrator Rebecca Soler captures the determination and independence that make Cinder a compelling character...the story will keep listeners engaged and awaiting the subsequent titles." - "School Library Journal""The audiobook is delightful. Rebecca Soler brings all the characters to life with such distinct voices that it's like listening to a play. I was riveted. And here's the best part - the book is absolutely suitable for all ages." - "Record-Courier" "Soler's narrations, both confident and well paced, flow effortlessly. She masters major characters' voices...Soler is also very effective at quick transitions between accents in dialogue-heavy scenes. The combination of Soler's superb performance and Meyer's captivating storytelling creates a pair of tour-de-force audiobooks.' - "Horn Book Magazine""" "This was actually the first audiobook I ever listed to on my phone and I fell in love with the portability as well as Rebecca Soler's amazing narration...Rebecca reads "Cinder "perfectly." - "USA Today "Happily Ever After Blog