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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: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, ©2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410446077
Characteristics: 495 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Call Number: LT Y MEYER, M


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The tale of Cinderella as a teenage cyborg who must fight for Earth's survival against villains from outer space.

A Colorado Blue Spruce winner.

Cheryl_in_IT 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... Read More »

Library_Jill Nov 04, 2017

A cyberpunk retelling of Cinderella that takes place in New Beijing, post World War IV. While Earth struggles with a seemingly incurable plague and a caste system in which cyborgs are firmly situated at the bottom, while residents of the moon watch for an opportunity to swoop in and take control... Read More »

bibliosara Jan 06, 2017

Before reading this book, I'd heard a great deal about it. I love fairy tale re-imaginings, but I was reluctant to try reading Meyer's interpretation of Cinderella. I have never really cared for steampunk particularly, unless the book is exceptional. Well, this book was exceptional!

I started ... Read More »

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Sep 16, 2019

I got really into Renegades, so I looked into Marissa Meyer’s other books. When I found out they concerned cyborg princesses from the moon, I thought they were too weird. But then my friend told me to read them, because they were, according to her, amazing in every way. So I checked out this book, thinking it wouldn’t be very good. But actually, after a little bit of research and a pinch of reading ahead, I was enthralled. The characters are amazingly real, the world building exquisite, and the plot twists riveting. This book is so weird you just can’t help but love it! I like that Marissa Meyer found a way to mix science fiction with a classic story, making it uniquely magical. I think the main character was remarkably feminist, even for a princess. I would recommend this book to lovers of sci-fi and fantasy, though it was a bit overwhelming. One of the best parts is that it has a touch of romance, but it’s not really the main point of the story. Don’t let the whole cyborg princess from the moon thing fool you; THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!😱

Aug 04, 2019

I think this book is one of the few I actually don't have anything bad to say about. Most of the retellings of Cinderella that I've read are still very similar to the original, but this one was completely unique. I loved the futuristic setting, and the characters were very compelling.

Jul 06, 2019

Such a unique and special retelling of Cinderella!! Cyborgs, silly androids and a deadly virus, this book is so worth the read! The story remain true to the original tail while taking it into an intirely new direction! The novel is full of themes of love between sisters and explore what it means to be human and have emotions as well as free will and hope among a hopeless situation.

Jul 03, 2019

I read it very quickly! Amazing! Such a good book! 10 out of 5 stars! 
Cinder is such a amazing main character! Love Kai too! It was so easy to read because it was a great writing style and the characters were relatable and you just love them! And it has a cool plot and was so exciting! And AMAZING! A must read!
Now I’m on Scarlet so far so good!
Go read it! You won’t be disappointed!


Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first book of the Lunar Chronicles. It’s a Cinderella retelling that takes place in the future. This story is about a cyborg named Cinder, who is looked down upon in society for not being completely human. I would give this book 3/5 stars because although it was enjoyable, it wasn’t spectacular. Meyer’s writing style was sufficient, yet unnotable. I found most of the characters’ personalities bland, yet the emphasis on their emotions gave them depth. The romance wasn’t particularly interesting, but it was cute. The plot twists were predictable if you paid attention to the hints. However, the world building was astounding: the setting was very unique for a Cinderella retelling, and the creativity behind it was impressive. Alana, grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Cinder is a very entertaining book with almost no cliches. Its plot is derived from the classic Cinderella story, but of course, the setting, the characters, and most of the important plot points are still vastly different from the original story. It’s interesting because there are often what would be considered “easter eggs” that link different scenes to Cinderella, but with a surprising twist added to it. The book tells the story of a girl/mechanic named Cinder and her encounters involving a stepmother, a stepsister, a prince, and a ball. The narrator also changes from one character to another, allowing us to see the whole picture. The author did a great job in preserving the backbone of the Cinderella story and building a new story packed with unexpected twists and turns. Although it lacks deep meaningful messages that make a book truly memorable, it's still a fast-paced and thrilling read that everyone would enjoy. I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. Cathy, grade 10, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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 :/

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.

Apr 14, 2019

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

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!

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.

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Jul 26, 2019

"'I want no apologies,' said Levana, flashing a wicked smile. 'I only want to see the wrongs of your life righted, swiftly and surely.'
'You want to see me dead.'
'How bright she is. Yes, I do.'"

May 16, 2019

Iko: "Prince Kai!!! Check my fan, I think I'm overheating."

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."

Mar 02, 2018

"Do you think shes seen him in the nude?!"- IKO

Feb 03, 2018

"She briefly wished she did have some sort of magic so she could shoot a bolt of lightning through his head."

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.”

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.”

Aug 30, 2016

“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.”

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.”

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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