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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 naive 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.)show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 385.55g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250007208
  • 9781250007209
  • 25,477

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"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 Cindershow more

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 more

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422,242 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 45% (192,109)
4 33% (140,478)
3 15% (61,366)
2 4% (16,954)
1 3% (11,335)

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, 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 more
by Michelle Sedeño
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