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As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Publisher: New York :, Feiwel & Friends,, 2013
Edition: First Square Fish edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781250007209
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Cinderella. English


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SAPL_Teens Aug 25, 2020

Cinder is the first in a series of books that have taken classic fairy tales (in this case Cinderella) but have re-worked them into futuristic stories. Cinder is a cyborg who lives on earth, as another race of people live on the moon and dominate the people of earth. A deadly plague ravages the people of earth and everyone is anxious for a cure. Cinder’s life becomes interwoven with the prince’s story as well as other fairy tale characters.
I liked how the author took fairy tales and added a twist. I liked how there were “islands of familiarity” where I could connect the current story to the original classic. I liked the adventure aspect and how the fairy tale characters became interconnected throughout the series. I liked the discovery of who the characters really were and their back stories and how brave the main characters were. I didn’t really have anything I didn’t like – other than the stories had to end. :(
I’d recommend it to anyone who loves the classic fairy stories, but who likes to find out the back stories. I think people who enjoy adventure stories would also enjoy it. - 5/5 stars - SAPL Teen Read It & Review Contributor

jrbubbles1 Jul 30, 2020

I enjoyed this book because it was so different from what I usually read. It is a science fiction dystopian book. Of course, the whole virus thing was a little too close for comfort with what is going on in the world right now.

Cinder is a courageous cyborg that is determined to get away from the evil stepmother. She finds out she has been lied to about her origins. I really liked her character.

Teens will love this book

Jul 23, 2020

Cinder is an engaging science fiction novel that takes a futuristic take on the traditional story of Cinderella. From cyborgs to a deadly virus outbreak, this novel is filled to the brim with suspense and an imaginative plot. The characters truly come to life and the plot twists make the novel a very fun read. Highly recommend this novel for sci-fi lovers!

Jul 20, 2020

In the future, after the Fourth World War, the world split into Lunars and Earthens. Lunars built colonies on the moon, while Earthens created a peace treaty among themselves. Soon after, a plague spreads across the planet.

Cinder is a cyborg, considered to be lower than people. This is why cyborgs are taken for testing in an attempt to find a cure for the Plague. Cinder is also taken in for testing and soon discovers she is Lunar.

This futuristic book is a science fiction adventure novel that will have you holding your breath as you wait to see what happens next.

Jun 25, 2020

I don't typically read sci-fi/ fantasy books, but this book was amazing. The story line has many twists and turns, and leaves you wanting more. The depiction of class difference in a futuristic society adds an element into the book that many other books don't always have. Not only that, the oppression and negativity she faces helps with the character development, and also thickens an already crazy plot.

ChristchurchTeens Jun 17, 2020

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. First book in the Lunar Chronicles, including Scarlet (2013) Cress (2014) Fairest (2015) Winter (2015) and Stars Above (2016).

Apr 02, 2020

Characters felt flat, but I did end up enjoying the other books in the series.

Anna Beyer
Dec 08, 2019

A Cyborg, a moon person, and a princess, whats not to like? This book has everything, not only did I fall in love with Cinder on the first page, but the characters really come to life. Everything about this book rocks.
I'm gonna talk about Cinder. She is like the hidden princess, shes shy and different, but over time she changes. Her personality is so easy. She cares for the important things, and you can't help but love her.
Now Kai, or should I say Prince Kai. He is amazing!!! You can tell from the get go that he knows what is important, and will do anything to protect his country. As well as not caring that Cinder is a filthy mechanic, he becomes friends with her anyways.
But I can't forget about Iko. She is by far my favorite character. Shes out going not afraid to express her feelings, and lovable. I loved her from the start, and so happy for her to be a character. She really elevates the book.
Then there is Peony, her spirit always fun and cheerful. Loved her so much.
That was a great book, if you have not read this book read it!!

Nov 25, 2019

Cinder had caught my attention after the first page. I read it slowly because I didn't want to end. I love the characters and the plot line. The only negative part for me was the story had bits of information that didn't become clear a couple chapters later. Overall I am excited to read the next book in the series.

Sep 16, 2019

I got really into Renegades, so I looked into Marissa Meyer’s other books. When I found out they concerned cyborg princesses from the moon, I thought they were too weird. But then my friend told me to read them, because they were, according to her, amazing in every way. So I checked out this book, thinking it wouldn’t be very good. But actually, after a little bit of research and a pinch of reading ahead, I was enthralled. The characters are amazingly real, the world building exquisite, and the plot twists riveting. This book is so weird you just can’t help but love it! I like that Marissa Meyer found a way to mix science fiction with a classic story, making it uniquely magical. I think the main character was remarkably feminist, even for a princess. I would recommend this book to lovers of sci-fi and fantasy, though it was a bit overwhelming. One of the best parts is that it has a touch of romance, but it’s not really the main point of the story. Don’t let the whole cyborg princess from the moon thing fool you; THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!

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Jul 26, 2019

"'I want no apologies,' said Levana, flashing a wicked smile. 'I only want to see the wrongs of your life righted, swiftly and surely.'
'You want to see me dead.'
'How bright she is. Yes, I do.'"

May 16, 2019

Iko: "Prince Kai!!! Check my fan, I think I'm overheating."

May 16, 2019

Cinder: "I don't know. I don't actually remember anything from before the surgery."
Dr. Erland: "The cybernetic operation?"
Cinder: "No, the sex change."

The doctor's smile faltered.

Cinder: "I'm joking."

Mar 02, 2018

"Do you think shes seen him in the nude?!"- IKO

Feb 03, 2018

"She briefly wished she did have some sort of magic so she could shoot a bolt of lightning through his head."

Aug 30, 2016

“That you prefer to rule through fear rather than justice? So sorry, Your Majesty, I’m afraid I already knew that about you.”

Aug 30, 2016

“Right,' said Kai, 'that'll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I'll get right on that.”

Aug 30, 2016

“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.”

Aug 30, 2016

“I know this is stupid, but part of me felt like if I could come see you today, if I could convince you to go with me tonight, then maybe I could still change things. It's dumb, I know. It's not like Levana cares if I, you know, might have actual feelings for someone.”

Aug 30, 2016

“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”

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Jul 10, 2020

Cinder is a brilliant mechanic cyborg who is constantly ridiculed about her looks, but as the Earth becomes more overcrowded, ravaged by disease, and the threat of the Lunar people increases, she may be the human race’s only hope. She becomes involved with Prince Kai, the ruler of her land, and together they fight to save the world.

No matter how she has been treated by the people of Earth, Cinder is still set on saving the world with her multitude of new friends and her robot side-kick. This book is a thrilling adventure packed story that everyone should take some extra time to read.

cmlibrary_jcurrie Feb 24, 2018

Cinder lives on Earth with her adopted stepmother and stepsisters. She is known as a cyborg which is part-machine and part human. She is ignored by society and treated horribly by her family. Cinder is expected to do all the chores and make all of the money for the household. She is known as a whiz mechanic and during one of her workdays, she meets Prince Kai. She begins to see Prince Kai regularly and starts to fall in love with him. She knows it will never work because he is a prince and has duties and obligations to the Commonwealth. There is an outbreak of a deadly disease and it is becoming more widespread. Prince Kai is worried about the plague outbreak and confides in Cinder that he must marry the Queen of Luna to save his people. Cinder learns that the Queen plans to kill Kai after the wedding and goes to the ball to warn him of her murderous plan.

Feb 03, 2018

Set in futuristic New Beijing, whose streets are threatened by the plague, Cinder, a cyborg, lives with her wicked stepfamily in this twist of the classic tale Cinderella. Cinder is a mechanic who is sent in for testing where she discovers a secret about herself. Cinder meets the dashing Prince Kai and finds that she might be the key to saving the world as it is, while at the same time attempting to hide her growing feelings for her newfound companion. A gripping tale of romance, discovery, adventure, and of course, saving the world.

Aug 30, 2016

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic working at the marketplace in New Beijing. When her younger stepsister catches lutumosis, Cinder discovers secrets from her past that while have a greater affect on the world than she will ever imagine.

Jun 20, 2016

Cinder is a cyborg who likes to keep her identity secret. After a day in the market and a letumosis outbreak from her sister peony, she finds herself ready to be tested on. She soon finds out that she is a lunar and even later that she is princess selene

Aug 21, 2015

Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing where a deadly plague called letumosis is claiming thousands of people across the city. The book opens with Cinder's meeting with Prince Kai when he visits her full-service mechanic stall in New Beijing's weekly market. The rest of the book is dedicated to Cinder and Kai's developing relationship as well as their search for a letumosis cure.

Jun 27, 2015

Linh Cinder, a cyborg girl, is a gifted mechani. Her work is highly respected, but she is not. The people of New Beijing, (where she lives) are prejudiced to cyborgs. One day, as Cinder is in her workshop, a customer arrives and tosses a broken android onto Cinder's table. She knows who it is immediately, Prince Kai of the Eastern Commonwealth.

Jun 21, 2015

Cinder is a cyborg and a mechanic. Her life is ruled by her step family except for the one step sister who is always kind to her. Her life is turned around when her sister catches the plague and the prince comes to her shop, for her to repair is bot.

Jun 23, 2014

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.

Jun 22, 2014

Cinder is really just Cinderella with a Sci-Fi/Steam punk kind of twist. It involves techy droids, the plauge, future sci-fi, and fairy tales all twisted together for a unique spin!

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Dec 06, 2013

Other: Warining. this book is full of sci-fyi, fantsy, and awsome. When you encounter it, read it at all costs. hs some fighting that makes it a good book. Dont read two chapters and sy its not good.

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