Cinder

Cinder

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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, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312641894
0312641893
9781250007209
Branch Call Number: MEY Y
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 22 cm.

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I'm a little (okay, very!) late to the party on this one, but now I see why it still checks out like crazy from our YA collection. I immediately connected with the main character, and was pulled into a world where Earth is at war with the people of Luna, its former colonists. Throw in a cyborg wi... Read More »


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1234ravenmore
Oct 17, 2020

Cinder
By Marissa Meyer
9.5/10
Age 12 and up

Cinder is a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella. It takes place in the future version of Beijing, told from the point of the mechanic cyborg, Cinder. As she is forced to learn the secrets of her past, she begins to be thrust into a whole different world of politics, with the fate of the world on her shoulders. I read this book when I first got into reading and it totally blew me away. I'd loved the story, and even to this day think it is very unique. The whole series is interconnected and manages to have the perfect balance of keeping the fairytale, but not making it the same story at all. In fact, while the author does use elements from the original fairytale, she manages to make it a completely different aspect to the story. If you liked the big cast in Six of Crows, The Lunar Chronicles is another great example of a big cast that was executed well. All the friendships and relationships, despite the difference of each character, throughout the story make it more real. However, even as this book may bring me a lot of good memories and nostalgia, I must admit a few flaws about it. For one thing, I think the first 2 books had a bit of slow pacing. I'd especially didn't really enjoyed the second book, because I felt like some things were a bit instant, but as soon as the third book came, it really did improve. I loved the third book and fourth book quite a bit. The first book was also good to me, but the third and fourth really have that something.

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saleena_raziq
Oct 05, 2020

Really loved this book. Can't wait to read the next one.

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Green_Cat_68
Oct 03, 2020

As the first book in the Lunar Chronicle series, the author introduces to us the now modern, dystopian Earth as well as our main character, Linh Cinder. Her struggle as a half-android, half human is relatable, at the basis of it, as she tries to live a normal life as a teenager in a very abnormal place. I enjoyed how the main character is dynamic, independent, and has the ability to keep a rational mind during intense events. In addition, the author writes in ‘internal functions’ that realistically shows the robotic aspect of Cinder. The plot is well-matched with the original fairytale, and yet even though the reader will be familiar with the basic idea of what will happen, it’s important to keep in mind that the original Cinderella story is only slightly intertwined with the actual plot of Cinder. In my opinion, the incorporation of excellent world-building and other elements besides the main fairytale story help the overarching plot stand out even more. I would recommend this book (and series) to readers who enjoy humor, romance, and/or action genres.

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Jaymie_1
Oct 03, 2020

I really enjoyed this book a lot. No violence, swearing or immorality. Love the humor between Cinder and Iko, her robot friend who has personality. I like the appreciation the prince has for Cinder and the humor that is more subtle there. Looking back at the book and the plague issues which actually seem much worse than our Covid-19, they seem rather lax on big group gatherings. But without our perspective today I'm not sure a person would think of that. I liked seeing what the characters would do. It was an enjoyable read.

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

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SadiqShaikh
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!

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Anika_Singh
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.

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earlym123
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).

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nadia_89
Sep 29, 2020

"I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on."
- Cinder

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jessicabader9
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.'"

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mauve_bird_127
May 16, 2019

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

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mauve_bird_127
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."

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green_ant_1650
Mar 02, 2018

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

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 03, 2018

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

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cindyzhang1
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.”

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cindyzhang1
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.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

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

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cindyzhang1
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.”

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navy_turtle_237
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.

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itsapurplegiraffe
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.

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cindyzhang1
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.

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Moonlight63
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

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xzhang17
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.

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Faith1119
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.

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Laleh2000
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.

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white_owl_53
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.

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cshort88
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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re12re
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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