Cinder / written by Marissa Meyer.

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      1st ed.
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      Summary: 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.
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      Accelerated Reader Middle Grades Plus 5.8 14.0 Quiz: 148727.
      Reading Counts 6-8 5.2 21.0 Quiz: 57470.
      Texas Lone Star Reading List Commended, 2013.
      Tayshas Reading Commended, 2013.
      Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books For Children and Teens Recommended, 2013.
      Isinglass Teen Read Award Nominee, 2013.
      Indies Choice Book Awards Honor Book, 2013.
      Beehive Awards Nominee, 2014.
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Booklist Reviews 2011 October #2

There's a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on "Cinderella," the first in a four-book series. First, we've moved from a fairy-tale kingdom to a post–World War IV future in New Beijing. Plagued by her stepmother and shunned by society for being a cyborg, Cinder keeps her head down as the city's best mechanic until she catches the eye of the dashing Prince Kai. He's got matters of state to worry about, though, including an incurable plague and the ever-present threat of war from the moon-people, known as Lunars. The over-the-top, spiteful cruelty that dogs the heroine from all sides is a little too cartoonish to take seriously when retrofitted from fairy tale to science fiction, and it's best not to ponder things like why such a technologically advanced civilization would get into such a tizzy about a fancy-dress ball. Still, readers will enjoy lining up the touchstones from the old favorite, and Meyer brings a good deal of charm and cleverness to this entertaining, swiftly paced read. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall

With no memory of her life before becoming a cyborg, teenage Linh Cinder (who lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters) is forced to earn the family's living as a mechanic. Her life changes after an encounter with New Beijing's Prince Kai. Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this sci-fi Cinderella story.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #1

Sci-fi meets fairy tale in this futuristic Cinderella story blending androids, hovercrafts, and netscreens with royalty, a ball, and an evil stepmother. With no memory of her life before becoming a cyborg, teenage Linh Cinder lives with her guardian stepmother and two stepsisters after her adoptive stepfather's death. She's treated as subhuman and forced to earn the family's living as a mechanic, but her life changes after an encounter with New Beijing's Prince Kai. Kai and Cinder are drawn to each other, even as she hides her cyborg identity and feelings from him, believing they can never be together. Soon Cinder is involved in finding a cure for a plague that's decimating Earth's population and also helping in Kai's search for the missing heir to the Lunar throne, who (unlike the current, brutal Lunar queen) he hopes will be sympathetic to Earth's plight. Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry. Early foreshadowing makes the cliffhanger ending involving Cinder's true identity rather predictable, but the novel is full of enough twists and turns, complex characters, and detailed world-building to redeem itself. While nearly the entire Cinderella story plays itself out here, Cinder's unfinished journey, together with Meyer's vivid sci-fi world, will leave readers anticipating the next installment. cynthia k. ritter

LJ Reviews Newsletter

Debut author Marissa Meyer cannot be faulted for lack of ambition. Her first novel sets the Cinderella story in a plague-stricken future and stars a cyborg mechanic, a handsome prince, and an evil alien queen. Sixteen-year-old Cinder supports her stepmother and her daughters as the best mechanic in the marketplace. When the heir to the throne comes to call and asks her to fix his favorite droid, she is struck by his charm despite herself. Cinder is no ordinary mechanic; her skills are hard-earned, as she keeps her own pieces and parts in working order. Attending the prince's annual ball is out of the question, especially when her beloved stepsister falls victim to the plague that is wreaking havoc in their kingdom. Things are not all smiles for Kai, the celebrity prince, either. He must broker a marriage deal with a despotic Lunar queen or be responsible for a war on humanity, especially vexing since he cannot seem to get a beautiful mechanic out of his mind. Meyer's combination of thoroughly engaging characters and complex world-building make it easy to understand why she does not plan to stop at one book: Cinder is the first in an anticipated series, stretching into 2015. Meyer's talent for mythical re-imaginings will be on display in the Classic Twists panel, along with graphic novelist Garth Hinds (whose The Odyssey I featured in a What's Old Is New¬† column)¬† and comic artist Sean Michael Wilson. — "35 Going on 13" LJ Reviews 7/19/12 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

PW Reviews 2011 November #1

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. (Jan.)

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