A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.
Marissa Meyer was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, home of Almond Roca and Stadium High School, which was made famous when Heath Ledger danced down the stadium steps in10 Things I Hate About You. Marissa didn't actually go to Stadium High School, but she did attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband. Cinder is her YA debut.
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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 9 Up-The Earth of the future is beset by a plague and under threat of invasion by the Lunar people, residents of the moon. Teenage cyborg, Linh Cinder, is despised by her stepmother and forced to work as a mechanic to provide an income for her guardian and stepsisters. Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing and her skills are sought by Prince Kai to fix his personal android and recover the important data the machine possesses. Her life is irrevocably altered when her younger stepsister contracts the deadly letumosis and Cinder is sent by her stepmother as a "volunteer" for plague research, a fate no other cyborg has survived. Yet survive she does, and the implications of her unique physiology will have far-reaching consequences for the commonwealth and, possibly, the planet. Marissa Meyer's debut novel (Feiwel & Friends, 2012), the first in a planned quartet, presents a retelling of Cinderella with all the recognizable elements woven into this original, futuristic story. Narrator Rebecca Soler captures the determination and independence that make Cinder a compelling character despite the predictability of her true identity. Though not without flaws, the story will keep listeners engaged and awaiting the subsequent titles-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Cinder is a futuristic retelling of one of our most well-loved fairy tales. It's set in the Eastern Commonwealth sometime after World War IV, where a deadly plague known as Letumosis has ravaged New Beijing for years without cure. Cinder is a young cyborg who suffered a terrible accident when she was 11, resulting in a surgery that transformed a portion of her body into more metal and wires than flesh and bone. Cyborgs rank second-class among humans and such prejudice rings prominent in Cinder's stepmother, Adri. Cinder is a gifted mechanic, who longs for freedom from her wicked stepmother. When the Prince of New Beijing, Kaito, asks Cinder to fix his android that may hold data that could free them all from the overthrows of another planet, her quiet, miserable life turns on a head as she's swept up in an adventure rife with danger, treachery and forbidden attraction.
Cinder is such an admirable heroine. She's strong, loyal and determined. I really felt a strong bond with her, my own emotions going haywire with her own. I love when I'm able to connect with characters on such an intimate level. In fact, you really feel for every character, whether love, affection, respect or repulsion. Iko, Cinder's android friend, was an absolute joy and had me giggling aloud so many times! The relationship between Cinder and Kai was one of the highlights, a true friendship grew between them. An attraction so honest and lovely, a chemistry so strong and sweet, they nestled themselves into the crook of my heart both as partners and as individuals.
Reading from both Cinder and Kai's point of view gave a greater perspective on what was happening on both a personal and a political level. From Kai, not only does he charm you with his personality and ground himself as an honest, flawed, genuine hero, but given his position, we were able to see more of Queen Levana. The deceptively beautiful Queen of Lunar. The Lunars were such an interesting touch to the story. They're a society that reside on the moon, a fascinating, if not creepy human-like race with unsettling abilities. Earth and Luna are on the brink of a war. The one way to prevent this? Prince Kai accepting Queen Levana's hand in marriage.... but having an evil, calculating villain share control over humanity isn't much of a step-up from war.
The futuristic society was so well imagined and the way in which Marissa incorporated the original tale of Cinderella was fantastic. It was like visiting an old friend you haven't seen since childhood - they're taller, older and much hotter, but there is still that friendly wave of familiarity underneath. Cinder still held onto the essence of the fairy tale, but was so inventive and original in it's own right.
Marissa Meyer has written an imaginative new series that brings your favourite fairy tales to life with renewed vigor. A beautifully crafted cast of characters, thrilling futuristic society, page-turning mystery, heartwarming romance and a dash of magic, are all what make this such a compulsively readable novel. I think it'll be one of the standouts of 2012!