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Cinder : Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lunar Chronicles:
Cinder
Scarlet
Cress
Winter
Stars Above
Fairest

The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book

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

Renegades:
Renegades: Book One

Heartless

Praise for the Lunar Chronicles:

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

"Terrific." --Los Angeles Times

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

"Epic awesome." --Bustle

"A binge-reading treat." --MTV

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

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

"First in the Lunar Chronicles series, this futuristic twist on Cinderella retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But debut author Meyer's brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension." --Publishers Weekly, starred review for Cinder

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

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

  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 141 x 209 x 30mm | 386g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250007208
  • 9781250007209
  • 9,463

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the...
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Praise for the Lunar Chronicles:

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

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

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

"Terrific." --Los Angeles Times

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

"Epic awesome." --Bustle

"A binge-reading treat." --MTV

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

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.
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Rating details

467,015 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 46% (212,579)
4 33% (154,911)
3 15% (68,183)
2 4% (18,891)
1 3% (12,451)

Our customer reviews

I was hesitant to read this book at first. The overall concept seemed really creative, but I am not necessary a fan of fairytale retellings. But wow, am I glad I decided to give it a try! "Cinder" still has the key concepts of "Cinderella", but at the same time it is so different. Cinder is a cyborg, and a mechanic. I expected her to seem "not human" when I was reading the book, so I was surprised when I found that the author did a really good job of not making that whole thing too weird. I actually grew to think that the whole "part robot" thing is pretty awesome. I also love that she lives in China! I've never read a book with China as the main setting, and it was a whole new and exciting experience. The book is really exciting throughout the book, but a little predictable. There were enough other surprises to keep it interesting, though. Overall, I think was a great book! The ending was suspenseful, so I can't wait to read the next book!show more
by Bryce
At first, I was not really sure about this book but once I got the hang of the POV's that were constantly changing in this book I enjoyed myself ! I love Cinder she is strong and powerful but still a teenage girl that has to go through difficult times in her life . If you are considering to read this book ... DO IT AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT ! Especially the books that come after this one !show more
by sally huynh
Did not finish: Stopped at page 57, chapter 8 The beginning didn't grab me like I wanted. I can't put my finger on it exactly because it immediately shows us something unique about the world of cyborgs with Cinder taking off her foot. I put it down after four pages, and wandered around the house. But since I had read SO many good reviews about it, and it was voted by over half of the votes of what I should read next, I decided I would try to get through a few more chapters. When we met the prince though, and the first talk about the draft and the plague was mentioned, I got into it a little bit more. But ultimately, I still didn't want to pick it back up when I stopped, and although Cinder was brave and talented, a character that I would normally adore, I just felt indifferent about what happened. So, I didn't hate it but I just was ready to move on before I finished/show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Review originally posted on my blog, http://michelleshoutsrandom.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-review-cinder-by-marissa-meyer.html MY THOUGHTS: Cinderella. Re-told Cinderella with dytopian-sci-fi twist. I HAVE TO READ THIS. Cyborg Cinderella. Not what I expected. Scared for the outcome. NO. Read reviews from Goodreads and recommended by a book blogger. NOTHING CAN STOP ME FROM READING IT NOW. I have to be honest, I've been scared for this book because Marissa Meyer turned Cinderella (my all-time fave fairytale) into a cyborg. I don't know what or how will be the turn of events and over-all outcome of the book, so I had second thoughts in reading this. But then a book blogger recommended me this when I asked her for book for 2012, sci-fi. I gave it a try and read it. And I TOTALLY LOVED IT. I learned to love Cinder being a cyborg. I love the story, and even if Cinder doesn't really have a fairy godmother here and she doesn't looked a princess at all when she came into the ball, Marissa Meyer made it all special. I love the combination of dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy, with a little thriller and mystery on it and the romance. The book just proves that even though something or someone is not perfect, they are the ones that are most appreciated, loved and real. Because sometimes, perfect is not real; it's scary. I loved every single detail on this book, and so far, I didn't see any flaws or negative about this. I'm craving for the next book, Scarlet (which who doesn't have a cover yet, will feature Cinder and Little Red Riding Hood that will take place in France, and will be released--oh, no. So far!--in 5th of February 2013!). I also found out in Goodreads that Lunar Chronicles will be having four books (including Cinder)! I'm so excited for all the books though each will be released not until after a year.show more
by Michelle Sedeño
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