Cinder by Marissa Meyer
(Lunar Chronicles)

77%

22 Critic Reviews

Overall, if you’re looking for a fun, action-packed and wholly unique sci-fi adventure which stands out from the crowd, Cinder is the book for you. I know I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series!
-Guardian

Synopsis

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 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 Marissa Meyer

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Marissa Meyer’s first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, and was praised by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as “unfolding with the magic of a fairy tale and the breakneck excitement of dystopian fiction.” Scarlet, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles, will be published in February 2013. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband. Visit her at www.marissameyer.com.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 22 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 6

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by wordsarelife on Nov 15 2015

Overall, if you’re looking for a fun, action-packed and wholly unique sci-fi adventure which stands out from the crowd, Cinder is the book for you. I know I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series!

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Hotcocoa on Feb 04 2015

This was an amazing book and I really can't wait to read what happens next in this (so far) four book series! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by helloitsheath on Jun 18 2014

Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of fairy tales that want something with a little bit more edge than the originals with their insipid princesses.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by mariakozhuhar on May 28 2013

...this book is written in such a pleasant, captivating style that the plot never loses its dynamism and is extremely gripping. I strongly recommend reading this book to all those passionate about sci-fi stories because honestly, I don't remember reading a book which would be that interesting as 'Cinder'.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Jan 01 2012

Meyer cleverly includes enough elements of the original Cinderella story to keep fans of fairy tales happy, but she simultaneously makes the story entirely her own...

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Fantasy Literature

Above average
Reviewed by RACHAEL "RAY" MCKENZIE on Feb 09 2016

...the character of Cinder just about manages to carry the slightly lacklustre plotting as it is great fun to watch her grow and develop, and begin to take her future into her own hands. Whilst Cinder’s overall story arc is nothing groundbreaking, the Asian setting and excellent characterisation are...

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IBN Live

Good
Reviewed by Vivek Tejuja on Aug 19 2014

Meyer's writing is fast-paced. You literally turn the pages and get absorbed in what she has to say. Moreover, at some point you distance yourself from the original fairy-tale and become a part of Meyer's story.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by L.J.Barnes on Dec 23 2016

For those who enjoy science fiction, or “clean” young adult novel without the sex or alcohol, or for those who loved the intrigue of “The Hunger Games;” Meyer’s novel “Cinder” is the novel for you.

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The Lit B***h

Above average
Reviewed by The Lit Bitch on Nov 20 2015

...I just felt like it fell short on romance and ‘adventure’. That said I did like the book. It was creative and different, I liked the fairy-tale retelling angle mixed with sci-fi.

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Confessions of a Book Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Christina on Dec 14 2015

I will admit that I was hesitant to start this series. When I read the synopsis, I thought to myself that a space-age Cinderella re-telling is going to be cheesy and won't work. Boy, was I wrong! Thankfully I listened to some of my favorite bloggers and gave Cinder a try. I am so glad I did.

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Booking in Heels

Below average
Reviewed by Hanna W on Jul 28 2015

...if I'd read this when it was first released in 2012, I'd be a little irritated that the story just... stops. I get that Marissa Meyer probably knew perfectly well where she wanted the story to go next, but I'd have preferred a more self-contained novel. I did end up liking this a reasonable amount. It didn't make my Top Ten Books So Far list...

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Ticket to Anywhere

Below average
Reviewed by Irish on Aug 01 2015

Unfortunately, CINDER and I didn’t really get along as well as I would have hoped...too many things that happened for convince. Like Cinder’s net-link in her brain so that she can easily look up anything that she could ever possibly think of so it makes getting out of tight situations so much easier. CINDER was also highly predictable.

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Book Him Danno

Above average
Reviewed by Heidi and Doug Wimmer on Apr 29 2015

While I enjoyed the story and crossed my fingers with the rest of the readers, I feel it lacked the depth I needed to give it more stars.

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Once Upon A Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by Jo on Jan 30 2016

I absolutely loved Cinder, and I am so excited to read the second book in The Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet. If you've not yet read Cinder, don't leave it as long as I did. Pick this book up now!

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I Was Angelized 1st

Above average
on Jan 29 2015

Despite the predictable nature of most of the book, it was an enjoyable read. However, I honestly didn’t get really into the book until I was half of the way through to the climax. Still, I will read the next book in the series.

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Serendipity Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Isabella Samuels on Nov 04 2015

Do NOT make the mistake of thinking that Cinder is ‘just another remake’. It is an addictive, fast paced, emotion powered caper – and only a taster of the following Chronicles.

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https://fyreflybooks.wordpress.com

Good
on Aug 13 2014

There’s a huge market in teen SF/F these days, and this is definitely a worthwhile entry in the genre. Fans of fairy tales and/or futuristic (semi-dystopian) sci-fi should all really enjoy this one.

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Mindful Musings

Excellent
Reviewed by Amber Sumner on Aug 18 2015

If you start this book and don't have Scarlet and Cress handy, you will regret it! I finished this book in one day and by the time I was done, the bookstore was closed and I had to wait until the morning to go buy the next two!!

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http://great-imaginations.com

Good
Reviewed by PIXIE on Mar 09 2015

...I’ve been kicking myself since reading Cinder for having just now read it. I’m sorry everyone for ignoring your recommendations for so long with this one. But better late than never!

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Bibliophile Support Group

Good
Reviewed by Angie L on May 01 2015

Really every aspect of Cinder was intriguing to me – so much happens yet it wasn’t lacking character development and world building amongst all that plot. Truly awesome.

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The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Good
Reviewed by Orchid Forsythia on Aug 10 2015

As a retelling of Cinderella, I must say that I liked the changes the story took and how the author made it her own. I would have never guessed that someone would one day make retell Cinderella with a sci-fi twist and cyborgs and crazy Lunars.

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Read-A-holicZ

Excellent
on May 14 2015

If you are procrastinating reading Cinder like I was, Then I'm telling you to drop what you are doing and READ THE IT. Do it, now.

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