- Reading level: 9 - 13 years
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (15 February 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9896573271
- ISBN-13: 978-0141340135
- ASIN: 0141340134
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Lunar Chronicles - Cinder Paperback – 15 Feb 2012
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A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.
About the Author
Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her fiancé and their two cats. Marissa enjoys road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for priceless treasures at antique shops.
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Cinder is one of the hyped books, which people keep talking about. And if you have not read it, you feel like an outcast. So to join the bandwagon one has to read it. And I am really happy that I read this book finally. You can see that I read this book just in one day. You can understand how addictive and good this book was. I heard people saying it’s re-telling of the fairy tale Cinderella. And it is true. I would rather say it is sci-fiction version of Cinderella.
Cinder is a cyborg mechanic with no memory of her past. She has a prosthetic foot and a hand. She is aided by her robot companion Iko. She has her stepmother Adri and stepsisters Pearl and Peony. Her stepmother hates her the most and keeps reminding her that she cannot have feelings or emotions for anyone as she is not human.
Though this book is re-telling of Cinderella, it has so many twists and turns. I admire the author’s imagination. Adding sci-fiction technologies like hovercars, screens, id bracelets, andriods to a fairy tale with so many twists, really holds the interest of the readers.
There is prince Kai, who comes to Cinder to repair his android. He has a huge responsibility to lead the nation, as his father is attacked by incurable disease Letumosis, whose cure is yet to be discovered. He is going to become the emperor of New Beijing and had placed the royal ball for his coronation ceremony.
Peony is diagnosed of Letumosis and is taken to quarantine. Cinder is blamed for this. Meanwhile, Cinder founds an old car in the basement and has made her plans to escape from her stepmother and lead a free life with Iko. But Cinder is handed over to the royal hospitals to become a guinea pig for the Letumosis anti-node testing by Adri. The story from here takes a big twist and become more interesting.
Queen Levana, the Lunar Queen, has the power to manipulate the thoughts of mass and she wants to take over the Earth. Queen Levana is the perfect villain, means the types one would make you hate them more and more. And Adri is perfect for household domestic villain in the main character’s life.
Since, it’s a sci-fic, the substitutes for Cinder’s carriage and glass slippers are really cool. And let me tell you there is no fairy to make Cinder party ready to go to the royal ball. That is where I love Cinder more. I love the way the character Cinder has developed to despite her circumstances. I love the way the secrets about Cinder’s past are uncovered. I love the way Cinder takes up her duty and loyalty to her nation.
Soon, the whole world would be searching for her – Linh Cinder.
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A Lunar with a stolen identity.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they would be looking for a ghost.
I think no one has ever done justice to fairy tale retelling as much as the author has done. It is like she has thought of everything. The step mom, late father figure, the royal ball, the chores, the slipping of the foot…. WOW !! Simply WOW
The story developed is perfectly justifying the dystopian theme, concept of cyborg, along with the classic fairy tale of CIndrella. Cyborg and cindrella were not the two worlds that I ever hoped to see together but apparently it can be done and that too beautifully
The nuisances and the details to the basic plot is what make this book, a perfect rendition. The story has lot more going to it than basic Cinderella story. There are lot of layers to the story and yet is narrated with a perfection and simplicity that draws you into the book.
The first two pages did kind of make my head go into spiral with all the mechanical words and description of our cyborg girl but then the tongue loosens up and you are able to relish this book with ease.
If you are looking for something different then pick this book just to see how the author has brilliantly adapted the classic Cinderella story into such a believable and absorbing dystopian novel. Characters, the basic plot and the narration are absolutely impressive and the book to me was a pleasant surprise and a fun joyous ride.
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Omigosh! I loved Cinder. It was cute, romantic and so SO interesting. It lived up to all the hype bookstagram and my friends made.Read more
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