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Cinder

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Cinder

The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
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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.)

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.)

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About the Author-
  • Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.
Reviews-
  • DOGO Books candyexpress - This book is sooooooooo good. You might think, "Ummm....I think I'll go with a more adventurous book, I don't think a book about fairy tales is my type." Just because it's based on Cinderella does NOT mean it's girly. It is totally exciting with a mix of sci-fi in it. It is totally amazing and the end is really awesome. It's about a cyborg named Cinder. (BTW: A cyborg is like a regular human with some robotic parts.) Cinder was adopted by the father. The father soon died shortly after adopting Cinder. Years passed and things haven't really changed: Adri and Pearl, Cinder's stepmother and stepsister hate her, and Cinder's other stepsister, Peony, adores her. Then one day something horrible happens. I won't write or say anything about it because, then there would be no point of you reading the book and that's what I want you guys to do. So, instead I'll just tell you that it has something that has to do with Peony. After the tragic event, life goes on painfully for Cinder. That's when Cinder is visited by the prince of New Beijing: Prince Kai. Prince Kai has a problem with his android (like a phone) and asks Cinder to fix it. Cinder is an extremely well known mechanic who is like AMAZING at fixing stuff. Meanwhile, Prince Kai becomes Emperor Kai after the death of his father due to a fatal disease, letumosis. And it is most certainly the wrongest time for the wise emperor to die because the group of citizens on the rocky moon, Lunars, are threatening war against Earth unless Emperor Kai agrees to marry the queen of Luna in exchange for an antiode for lutmosis (Yes, the Lunars have a CURE!!!) and a peace treaty between Beijing and Luna. Of course there's always the catch when you make a deal with a queen like the queen of Luna. Queen Levana is known for a bloody history of making her way to the throne: She killed her older sister Queen Channery and to prevent her younger niece Princess Selene Blackburn from becoming queen, she set a fire off in the nursery of Princess Selene's. Of course charred skin was found but the body of the princess was never found.......... While the country is in danger of the possibilities Queen Levana might throw on the kingdom, Cinder untangles a knot of her past and must make decisions for the future that might cost the lives of everyone on Earth and Luna.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 7, 2011
    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. Cinder is a talented teenage mechanic and cyborg—part human, part robot—who has been living in New Beijing with a demanding adoptive mother and two stepsisters, ever since her late stepfather took Cinder in after a hovercraft accident. Several events abruptly turn Cinder’s world upside down: a chance meeting with the handsome Prince Kai has her heart racing; a plague pandemic threatens her beloved sister Peony; Cinder learns she is immune to the plague; and the evil Lunar Queen Levana arrives on Earth, scheming to marry Kai. Though foreshadowing early on makes it fairly clear where the story is headed, it unfolds with the magic of a fairy tale and the breakneck excitement of dystopian fiction. Meyer’s far-future Earth is richly imagined, full of prejudice and intrigue, characters easy to get invested in, and hints of what might await in future books. Ages 12–up.

  • Kirkus Reviews "This series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future."
  • Booklist "There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on 'Cinderella,' the first in a four-book series."
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