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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.)[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC
love this book :D
I really liked it .Was funny, cute romance, and hello!!!! the bad guys come from the moon it`s cool
Cinder is a blend of old fashioned fairy tale and science fiction. It's a neat read. (Great for Summer.) But don't expect a lot in the way of character development. It's fun, and age appropriate, with enough of the story changed to make you want to continue with the series.
A Must Read
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Fits into the genre of science fiction, this book is a mystery and adventure with a hint romance. The aspect of the genre is to make the reader think of the adventures and the mystery but is also connect with reality and relate. What I like about the author’s writing style is how you know who is talking and you can see and hear the way the writing, it’s funny and you can tell there is a lot of effort and thought put into the book. The writing gives a set were of the character stands. The author/narrators voice is a girl and the tone is light but with a hint of sharpness and sweetness. There’s also some if you like the new and improved time you should read this book, there’s is so much textured and creative details. The main characters make you think of people that act or say things like that. I like the characters for their personality and it makes the book a lot more enjoyable. Cinder has a very unique personality, she is a shy, smart, outgoing person, her shyness keeps her from talking but her outgoing trait makes her work hard. She is just made to be just like a human in a book. I love this book and I highly recommended this to people. The book is a page turner and always has a twist to the events
This story was based on a dream Meyer had. It began as the classic Cinderella story but instead of a slipper falling off, it was her whole entire foot. Based on this, Marissa Meyer has written a futuristic book related to Cinderella, but instead about a cyborg who uncovers the truth about who she really is.
Really good book! Imaginative and fun. I was worried that it was going to be too much of a girlie book. Nope. Instead, Marissa Meyer pulled of a science fiction coup. I found myself anxious to get back to reading it every time I had to put it down. A skillful retelling of a classic fairy tale. It deserves a wider audience.
A wonderful reimagining of Cinderella. Cinder can’t remember anything after the accident that turned her into a cyborg when she was 11. She’s always earned her keep as a mechanic, but circumstances have given her ideas of running away: from her mean stepmother, grief over her stepsisters death, and the attentions of the attractive prince. Awesome series opener.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Book Summary: Cinder is a part of a series called the Lunar chronicles. Cinder is the first book in the series, and it is about a teenage girl cyborg named Cinder. The book takes place in the future in a place called New Beijing. This book was based on the fairy tale Cinderella, so it includes some of the same characters such as the evil stepsisters, stepmother, and the prince. Cinder's stepmother did not ever want her. There are two main conflicts: one is letumosis, which is a deadly sickness; the second is the worry about the Lunars who are aliens that have been threatening to invade Earth. In the book, Cinder is a mechanic and not many people know about her being part cyborg. She is drafted into a study for finding a cure for letumosis, after she figures out big secrets about herself. Later, Cinder is invited to the ball. Find out what happens at the ball, and if the Lunars invade. Book Review: I enjoyed this book. It made me want to keep reading. At some points, it was suspenseful. I would recommend this book to people that like science fiction. I would give this book five stars because it is descriptive, and I could picture the characters when I read it.
�Cinder� by Marissa Meyer Book Summary: Meet Linh Cinder, your average sixteen-year-old girl who might also be a renowned mechanic, the outcast of the outcasts, and possibly, just maybe, a cyborg. Life was tiresome, as usual, with the endless commands of, "Cinder, fix this, "or, "Cinder, fix that." But all changed as disaster struck one night when Cinder's only human friend, her step-sister, Peony, became infected by letumosis, the deadly plague that has haunted humanity for over a decade. Devastated, Cinder's step-mother volunteered Cinder for plague research, something no one has survived-- yet. Follow Cinder on her journey as she, with the help of Dr. Erland, uncover the secrets of her past and perhaps even fall in love as her interest in the Crown Prince, Kai, blossoms into something more. Book Review: Cinder is one of the most interesting books I've read so far. I especially loved how well-thought-out and intricate the background information was, not to mention the plot itself was genius. I don't read science-fiction books often, but I still enjoyed this one and, personally, I thought the little tinge of romance was really sweet too. It's nerve-wrecking that the author leaves the story on a cliffhanger, but I still can't wait to read the sequel,Scarlet!
A brave new fairytale...
This fractured spinoff of Cinderella, begins with Lin-Cinder replacing her own worn out, too small foot. Not only is Cinder a cyborg, human with mechanical parts, but she''s the best mechanic in New Beijing. Despite this ability, Cinder''s stepmother Audrey treats her with cruel disdain, taking the money Cinder makes for the household expenses, for Cyborgs have no rights in this brave new world. When a series of circumstances bring Cinder into the heart of international politics and to the attention of the dreamy crown prince, Cinder must not only choose whether to fight or flee, but also whether to accept who she is with pride. A cool mix of classical magic, futuristic sci-fi and tough chic dystopia, Cinder captures the readers heart as a cyborg with a heart of girl set in a cruel world. Clearly the beginning of what''s sure to be a popular series, this one has appeal for male readers too, as the plot is fast paced, if a bit familiar.