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The first book in the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! See where the futuristic YA fairytale saga all began, with the tale of a teenage cyborg who must fight for Earth's survival against villains from outer space. "An interesting mash up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, Terminator, and Star Wars." —Entertainment Weekly "Prince Charming among the cyborgs." —The Wall Street JournalHumans 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. With high-stakes action and a smart, resourceful heroine, Cinder is a Cinderella retelling that is at once classic and strikingly original. Don't miss these other books from #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling author Marissa Meyer:The Lunar Chronicles:CinderScarletCress WinterStars AboveFairestThe Lunar Chronicles Coloring BookWires and Nerve: Vol. 1Wires and Nerve: Vol. 2Renegades:Renegades: Book OneHeartlessPraise for the Lunar Chronicles:#1 New York Times-Bestselling SeriesUSA Today BestsellerPublishers Weekly Bestseller"Terrific." —Los Angeles Times"Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairytale genre." —The Seattle Times"Epic awesome." —Bustle"A binge-reading treat." —MTV"Takes the classic to a whole new level." —NPR“This series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future.” —Kirkus Reviews on Cinder“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 for Cinder“There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on ‘Cinderella,' the first in a four-book series.” —Booklist on Cinder“Singing mice and glass slippers are replaced with snarky androids and mechanical feet in this richly imagined and darkly subversive retelling of ‘Cinderella.'” —The Bulletin on Cinder
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"5 stars<br/><br/>"She was 36.28 percent not human." (1)<br/>"She could be anyone." (2)<br/>"She was not worth fighting a war over." (3)<br/>"She had to get away. And she knew just how she was going to do it." (4)<br/><br/>-------<br/><br/>Cinder is a sci-fi/fantasy retelling of the classic fairy tale "Cinderella." It takes a commonly known story, adding unique elements and making the old story new again. The characters got a major revamp and exhibit elements that show the novelty of each one. Features and scenes from the original story show up but not quite in the ways you would think they would.<br/><br/>-------<br/><br/>" 'Yeah,' she said, 'Extreme danger. I heard you.' " (5) <br/><br/>Cinder is both the title and the protagonist of the book. She is a skilled mechanic, along with being an adopted orphan who is mistreated by her stepmother and step-sister. <br/><br/>Her voice is featured in the book to be strong, confident, and enduring. Marissa Meyers writes in a flowing straightforward way that introduce readers into her world slowly but steadily. The first paragraph of the book is a great introduction to this new era that is full of action, technology, and humor.<br/><br/>-------<br/><br/>"It's just... you're easy to talk to." (6)<br/>"Take it, he said... "And think of me." (7)<br/>"Would you consider being my personal guest at the ball?" (8)<br/><br/>Kai is New Bejing's Prince. He is smart, thoughtful, and charming. He does not force Cinder into anything, which is a major boost in my eyes. Kai goes through a lot in the book, but stays brave even through hard times. <br/><br/>Cinder and Kai's relationship starts off sweetly but with untold important information. Cinder is lying to the prince, which leads to a disastrous turn for not only the two of them but his country too. <br/><br/>--------<br/><br/>"I am saying you MUST escape." (9)<br/><br/>The stepmother and one of the step sisters were very similar to the original story, being cruel and verbally and emotionally abusive to Cinder. The other step-sister, Peony, is a kind sister who disapproves of her mother and sister's actions. She is madly in love with Prince Kai, which makes her want to go to the Royal ball. But disaster rages in the family, sparking more hatred towards Cinder.<br/><br/><br/>Cinder dreams of a time where she could go to the ball and maybe dance with the prince, but she knows that her stepmother will not let her go. <br/><br/><br/>----- <br/><br/>Overall, I really enjoyed rereading this book again. I was able to find new elements of the classic tale this time through. Along with everything I have mentioned, I have noted that the biochemistry and science included in this book is very close or completely correct. <br/><br/><br/><br/>---------<br/>Quote Locations:<br/>1- page 82<br/>2- page 387<br/>3- page 368<br/>4- page 131<br/>5- page 180<br/>6- page 228<br/>7- page 297<br/>8- page 164<br/>9- page 328<br/>"