Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

Front Cover
Macmillan, Jan 3, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 400 pages
2691 Reviews
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

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.  Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading menWhich of your characters is most like you?I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no—I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naïve side—things that could be said about me too—although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it. Where do you write?I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued. The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?Scarlet is awesome—she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1050
4 stars
1085
3 stars
392
2 stars
80
1 star
16

The writing is smooth and the pacing is perfect. - Goodreads
The ending was also a bit disappointing plot-wise. - Goodreads
Interesting premise and a pretty good story actually. - Goodreads
Good book, bad ending. - Goodreads
I love these fairy tale renditions. - Goodreads
I love fairy tales with different story lines. - Goodreads

Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Litchick - Goodreads

CAN'T REVIEW. NEED THE NEXT ONE NOW. THIS IS ALL I'VE EVER WANTED IN A RETELLING. Read full review

Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century) - Goodreads

CAN'T REVIEW. NEED THE NEXT ONE NOW. THIS IS ALL I'VE EVER WANTED IN A RETELLING. Read full review

All 2691 reviews »

Related books

Contents

Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Book Four
Acknowledgments
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

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 in 10 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.     Rebecca Soler is a film and voiceover actress who won a 2009 AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of After by Amy Efaw. Her audiobook credits include work by authors such as Judy Blume, James Patterson and Sarah Dessen. She has done voice-overs for various video games, including Star Wars: The Old Republic and Red Dead Redemption. Additionally, Rebecca has lent her voice to many popular shows in television, such as Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

Bibliographic information