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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 390 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel and Friends
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    Kristi I think it depends on your individual child's maturity. I just read these as a 30 something and would not recommend it for a 9 year old. The…moreI think it depends on your individual child's maturity. I just read these as a 30 something and would not recommend it for a 9 year old. The descriptions of the disease, the war themes, and the political themes would seem advanced for that age to me. I'd wait till 13 or so. (less)
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    Steph Sinclair


    It was so AWESOME!


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    Let me go ahead and get this out of the way. I loved this book. Why in the world did I procrastinate with reading it? I've had Cinder sitting on my Kindle for a few months now and I continued to put it off over and over again. What a HUGE mistake! I even had the nerve to go into my local bookstore twice, pick Cinder up, and put it right back down. But all that doesn't really matter now because I've remedied the problem and
    Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
    wow. wow. WOW.

    I went into this book not expecting to like it. I'm not sure why, but this book completely surprised me!
    Emily May
    Nov 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
    “I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”

    In this, my third attempt to read Cinder, I finally made it to the end. But I find myself wishing I hadn't bothered. Going into this book, I thought it was fair to expect a light, probably unremarkable, but ultimately entertaining read. I did not come to this book wanting my mind to be blown with science or to be taken to another world by beautiful prose, but I also did not expect it to b
    Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: ya, sci-fi, fairy-tales, 2011
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    Let me first give credit where credit is due. A cyborg Cinderella? Wow! It's a bold premise. I applaud Marissa Meyer for thinking this up.

    In this re-envisioning of the fairy tale, Lihn Cinder is a cyborg, meaning, she is almost half mechanical - she has prosthetic hands and a foot, a big chunk of her internal organs are wired into her body. Cinder is a mechanic in New Beijing, the capital of the Eastern Commonwealth, a country ravaged by plague outbreaks. One day, the
    Khanh (the meanie)
    Jul 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: to-read-released
    I guess I'm on a year-end quest to be the last person to read popular series. Last week: Hunger Games. This week: Cinder.

    Or not. I hated it. No binging this series, sorry, dear friends. You may think it's harsh that I give this book one star when there was nothing offensive about it, but considering the hype, I expected far, far more than that we were given.

    Before reading the book, I knew why it came highly recommended to me; in theory, this book should have been awesome. An Asian protagonist (E
    Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
    *4.5*This was amazing!! Why didn't anyone tell me to read it sooner?! Just kidding..
    The world and characters are so great, I can't wait to continue on in the series.
    Anzu The Great Destroyer
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Re-Read On Audio! I love the narrator =)

    I'm still loving Cinder, Iko and Prince Kai. I loved one of Cinder's sisters but the other one and her stepmom. Ugggg.

    Cinder being a cybor-mechanic is too cool!

    There is a deadly disease going around and it kills so many people. They are trying to find a cure by doing some evilness.

    Cinder gets to meet Prince Kai and sigh, I felt so happy for her.

    Then there is Queen Levana from Luna. Don't even want to talk about her evilness right now. And Cinder finds
    Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fantasy, dystopia
    “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

    Once Upon a Time,there was an avid reader (let's call her K) who thought she was very clever but she couldn't be more wrong.You see,she'd heard about a futuristic version of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic that everyone seemed to love but she refused to read it,because she was skeptical and a little prejudiced.One day she read the first page but when she came to the part where Cinder takes off her foot she said "Ok I
    This is my 2nd read from Marissa Meyer (after Heartless) and I can finally conform that I'd happily read any book written by her because THIS. WAS. YAS.


    Cinder is a Cinderella retelling but with a sci-fi/dystopian twist as the setting is in New Beijing (post 4th World War). It is also the first book among three others in The Lunar Chronicles series. The main female lead, Cinder, is a cyborg who specializes in mechanic. Despite peace in the world, a plague known as Letumosis, has hit the ce




    positives and negatives from Cinder

    *I know this sounds ridiculous. The whole point of the book is to create a futuristic cyborg Cinderella, right? Meyer is a wonderful writer. Her writing is engrossing and I was engaged throughout the entire book. But it really takes a certain amount of the fun out of a story when a reader already knows a lot of where the story is going. Cyborgs are relatively novel in the YA world. Books set in Asia are relatively novel in the YA world. I still really enjoyed the book the way it was but I think
    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

    4.5 stars

    Let’s talk about fairy tales.

    I was raised on them and I love them. My favorite collection was a hardback with Arthur Rackham illustrations . . . It was not-your-ordinary book of fairy tales. It had translations of the original German versions of the stories I’d been listening to for years, but were so not the same.

    There were also new stories I’d never heard before, like The Seven Ravens.

    I haven’t read it in years, but basically it’s about a girl whose evil step
    Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    Well call me surprised. Shocker of the century! I actually loved this book. I could not put it down. I was scared starting it due to what I thought would be inevitable romance but it was pretty minor in this one. But OH MAN did I wanna throw Adri to the wolves. What a terrible human. She got my blood boiling so friggin much. Also, cyborgs? Mind control? Moon people? Get outta here obviously I'm gonna like this book. All seriousness it is just well written. Cinder is a great character and you fin ...more
    Kat Kennedy
    Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
    You know when people keep talking about a book. Lah, this is fantastic! OMG, you have to read this! If you don’t read this I’ll shank you and play hackeysack with your kidneys!

    The usual…

    This is one of those books. I was cruelly declined on netgalley so had mostly buried it in my TBR pile and forgotten about it until people started terrorizing me with demands to read it.

    Oh am I so bloody happy I did! I loved this book! I stayed up most of the night to read it! It wasn’t perfect, of course. There
    4.5 stars
    Cinderella with cyborgs!


    So I'm pretty late to be jumping on the bandwagon, but this was really good! I know I normally gobble up any retelling, but when this first came out, there were so many iffy reviews that I gave it a pass.
    I should have checked it out for myself.

    So you have a pretty faithfulish retelling going on here. Of course, since it's sci-fi Cinderella, there are going to be some substitutions to the carriage and glass slipper.
    But they were really cool substitutions!
    ◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
    Review after re-re-reading from Feb 27th to March 1st 2013:

    Read it again for the third time! What can I say, I just love this book. So much that I want to marry it. Seriously. I love Cinder. And Iko. And Kai. And I really want to bitch slap Adri and Queen Levana. I swear, every time I read this book, they seem to get bitchier and bitchier.

    I am now ready to start Scarlet! OHMAGERD I'M SO EFFIN' EXCITED XD.

    Review after re-reading from Oct 3rd to 4th 2012:

    Oh my stars. I didn't think it was possible
    Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

    My heart : Are you ready to be broken twice by this series?

    I'm rereading it


    First Read Review :

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    Jan 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: terrible
    Super heavy sigh 1.5 stars is more of what I felt for this (actually as time passes I dislike this more and more).

    There might be some spoiler-ish information through here, so don't read the tags if you don't want to know, but I will do my best to not spoil it outside of the tags.

    I'm in the minority when it comes to the lack of adoration towards this book, and I just don't get it. There were so many things that annoyed me that I couldn't really focus on the story.

    Cinder is a cyborg version of Ci
    Christine Riccio
    Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
    Really enjoyed Cinder! It's more of a 4.35 stars in my book! Not 5 because I DIDN'T HEAD OVER HEELS LOVE IT, but i'm super excited as to where this series is going, I have a full booktallk/discussion here:
    sana  °¤°
    Somewhere between 3 1/2 to 4 stars. (I'll probably edit this review later)

    Aside from the fact that this was really predictable and not much of a shocker (probably because I read a spoiler, but I'm pretty sure even if I didn't read the spoiler I would have guessed it), this was an enjoyable read.

    Some things I liked:
    ~Kai and Cinder's romance. So cute I can't even. <3
    ~A cool-ass Cyborg girl.
    ~It was fast-paced for me. It was a really quick read.
    ~Prince Kai. He was so damn sweet and cute. ;)
    ~ (vi
    Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ya, na, pnr, favorite, cover-love

    “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

    This book is like eating chocolate and treasuring each page, you are transported into a fantasy world, you want to dance sing, recommend it and so much more.


    Maybe it will not be for everyone – but alas I am not everyone, and love reading YA books, I love Cinderella feeling you get when reading a book, and feeling like a kid again, so maybe I am still a kid at heart, but anything that takes me away for day to day misery is a winner i
    May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
    THIS WAS REALLY GOOD???????? Like I totally didn't expect to like it as much as I did!! I was hesitant about the whole cyborg aspect but I actually loved it. CINDER IS MY SWEET FIERCE SMARTASS BABY.

    This was a buddy read with the YA Book Bloggers squad <3

    RTC (maybe)

    May 14th 2017:
    Alright guys, I have finally caved and added the book to my TBR. I had absolutely no interest in reading it but my dear friend Mandy (how do I link to someone's profile again???) convinced me that it was worth it so he
    Juliana Zapata
    Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2015
    Este era uno de esos libros que empiezas con grandes expectativas y que al final eso juega en tu contra. Tengo que reconocer que la portada y la edición son hermosas y estan muy bien acabadas, pero si me voy a la historia, siento que es bastante floja y que me quedó debiendo.

    El inicio del libro fue bastante lento, siento que la autora se lió un poco para explicar el mundo que había creado, ya que estaba muy perdida y tardé bastante para meterme en la historia. Pero luego de hacer el esfuerzo par
    I've had this book on my radar for a long time now. With all the rave reviews and hype surrounding this book, I had psyched myself out for a spectacular read. Unfortunately, I also set myself up for disappointment. I liked the story, but definitely didn't fall in love with it like so many of my friends did.

    A futuristic Cinderella story, 'Cinder' tells the story of a young cyborg mechanic. Cinder is forced to forfeit all of her earnings to her guardian, the woman that adopted her begrudgingly yea
    WrensReads Review:

    I’m a sucker for retellings.

    I am not sure why it has taken me this long to read a retelling that is so unbelievably popular, but hey, I’ve read it now and even though I am a little late to the party, I am with the hype.

    This is a fairy-tale meets robots meets futuristic world. I have never read anything with that description, but if I ever see anything that has it, I won’t pre-judge based off of the fact that I absolutely love the setting in the first installment of The Lunar Ch
    Aya Hamza
    May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
    “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

    This is my favorite Cinderella retelling so far. I didn't expect to like this book that much! This book was addictive and I just put my other books aside and kept reading till I finished it. I love Sci-Fi and I need to read more of it.
    If you haven't read it yet, GO. READ. THE. BOOK.

    Humans are living with androids in New Beijing. Plague is threatening the population and there is no anti-dote for it!

    And Cinder, our MC, a cyborg
    Mary Beth
    Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles Series. I feel that I am one of the last ones to read this book. I listened to the audiobook. It was done very well. This book retells the fairy tale of Cinderella. Cinder replaces Cinderella. She is a mechanic cyborg named Cinder instead of Cinderella.

    There is a plague called letumosis that is killing off the population. Cinder spends her days in New Beijing doing mechanical repairs to earn money for her very mean step mother. Her two sisters will
    Amber Robertson
    Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2017-re-reads

    “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

    Cinder and the rest of the books in The Lunar Chronicles are some of my favourite books. I am a lover of fairytales and retellings so a mix of the two is the perfect combination for me. Cinder isn't a let down, even in this re-read. I would usually provide a link here to my first review, but sadly there is no first review. I read this as I was just getting into reviewing books, starting uni, moving and the whole Goodreads thin
    Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
    Loved this so much more the second time around.

    November 2015: 5 Stars
    July 2014: 4 Stars
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