Cinder

Cinder

Book - 2012
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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
ISBN: 9780312641894
9781250007209
Branch Call Number: MEYER
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 22 cm

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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.

Cinderella as a cyborg.


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scotty_sires
Jun 13, 2019

Ended up, literally, not putting this book down until I finished it. I love how the general “Cinderella” theme was there, but so much more. Futuristic, adventurous... can’t wait to read book two! If it ever gets checked back in :/

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pink_fox_431
May 03, 2019

I love this book it is a must read for everyone. I think it's funny how she tells the Cinderella story in like a different creative way. in my opinion, all of the books are really good. even though it looks really big your still going to finish it really fast. I just wish Marissa Myers would write more of these fairytale parodies.

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invisible_reader
Apr 14, 2019

this book was easily one of my favorite recreations of the fairy tales with a mix of science-fiction

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Geraldine9
Mar 27, 2019

An absolute classic in the steampunk fiction genre. Either a great introduction to this genre or a must read if you like the genre and somehow haven't read it yet!

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HWALLMART
Mar 22, 2019

Simply just an amazing start to an amazing series. This book is very good at establishing emotional connection from the reader to the characters and is a beautiful mix of fantasy, technology, fairy tales and adventure.

Cheryl_JHL Mar 19, 2019

I love to recommend this series to teens. Who doesn't love a retelling of Cinderella with a cyborg main character? The stepmother is infuriating and horrible, the story is creative, the main character level headed, intelligent and capable AND she's got a leatherman kit in her calf. Can't beat that!

The story is the first in a series of four, and so far, each ends with a cliffhanger working towards the next. That was my only complaint - I initially finished the book with my hands in the air saying "What!? What about the ending?" But the happy news is that all four books are out... you don't have to wait for the ending, AND there's more story to enjoy!

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Lunartic2231
Mar 17, 2019

The Lunar Chronicles is by far my absolute favourite series ever!!!! I am definitely a "Lunatic" :)
Everything about this book (and series) is perfect. The characters, plot, dialogue, timing, literally everything!!! Marissa Meyer is an amazing author. I cannot say enough about this series. The characters are all so well developed and complex. You feel like you know them personally. The banter between all the characters is so funny, I've read the series so many times and it never gets old! The relationships between all the characters is so well written, too. Especially Thorne and Cinder! They have some great and hilarious moments.
Anyone who has not read this series yet has better go out and get it right NOW!!!!!

LVCCLD_Jeff Mar 15, 2019

I did not know a lot about Cinder before getting into it, other than it was Cinderella with Cyborgs. This, however, is not fully true. It is a novel loosely based on the tale of Cinderella similar to how one may say Twilight is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet. Cinder tells the tale of a cyborg girl that was adopted into a family with two stepsisters and a stepmother, and how she overcomes the challenges that she is faced with. There are no Fairy God Mother's to wave their magic wands to fix her problems and this creates a story with a powerful female lead that works for what she needs/wants.

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Gwen904
Mar 14, 2019

Predictable romance.

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TheWriteStuff
Feb 22, 2019

While I recognize that this book and series is for teens, as a senior I really enjoyed it. I've already ordered the next book in the series, Scarlet.

I need to add a shelf for fractured fairy tales on my book list because Cinder includes similar events to those in Cinderella but the situations have been twisted, modernized, and then futurized. An example of this is that Cinderella does have an evil stepmother, but rather than sitting in the ashes, Cinder is a mechanic who usually has some grease on her somewhere and has a talent for working on androids. Her wicked stepmother takes all the money she makes though, of course.

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pink_fox_431
May 03, 2019

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Lunartic2231
Apr 09, 2019

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Jul 17, 2018

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Jun 30, 2018

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KokoCat268
Mar 12, 2018

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indigo_cat_1391
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itsapurplegiraffe
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Jan 17, 2018

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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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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client--and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.”

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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!

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Linh Cinder is a hardworking mechanic in New Beijing, but it's hard to get ahead when you have no legal rights. Because Cinder is a cyborg, she is considered the property of her bitter stepmother, who takes Cinder's earnings for her own daughters. A chance encounter with the prince, and a chance encounter with the plague, change Cinder's life forever, plunging her into a world of political intrigue. The Queen of the Moon wants to control the Earth, and somehow, she holds the secret of Cinder's forgotten past.

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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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