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The fantasy novel Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, grips you on the first page and doesn’t let go. It is a classic tale of an ill-treated stepdaughter with a evil stepmother and two stepsisters. Yes, there’s a handsome prince and a fancy ball, but before you assume you know the story let’s explore. In the first chapter you meet Cinder, a female Chinese cyborg mechanic. It is many years in the future, on Earth, and discrimination against cyborgs is rampant. The prince brings an android for Cinder to fix, and plague attacks the city. And yes, that’s just chapter one.

This is the first novel of the Lunar Chronicles, which I will absolutely continue reading. It’s a futuristic sci-fi Cinderella story. (The next book, Scarlet, is a revamped Little Red Riding Hood!)  Cinder, Prince Kai, the Lunar Queen Levana, and Dr. Eland are compelling characters. As they go forward to save Earth from the letumosis plague and invasion by the Lunars, I want to be there. Cinder learns shattering truths about herself by the end of this first book, and I can hardly wait to see how she, and the other characters, will respond to her now.

To avoid giving spoilers, I must stop there. In my head, I am screaming, “You must read this book now!”

5 thoughts on “Cinder”

  1. Submitted on 2012/05/08 at 12:13 pm

    Cinder is an amazing book. It remakes a very famous fairy tale, making it more interesting for all ages to read, and it is easier to relate to. It has a good storyline set in the future mixed with sci-fi. There are many wonderful twists that always surprise you. The new technology they include inside the story is very fascinating to know about- from robots to metal legs. Including information about letumosis, a deadly disease that came from Meyer’s imagination, is fantastic. It’s been a huge hit in stores. Cinder is a cyborg, and that creates many intriguing problems throughout the story, especially with Prince Kai. With every twist and turn, you won’t put the book down!

    1. Submitted on 2012/05/08 at 1:12 pm | In reply to Michelle and Samantha.

      Nice job, girls! I recommended Cinder to a fifth grade girl who bought it at our book fair and loved it! 🙂

  2. This book was really sad for me. Cinder’s favorite stepsister died and Prince Kai learned the truth about Cinder the hard way. This book was interesting to read. I never experienced kissing in a book before.

  3. I loved the entire story line of the book. With every twist and turn a normal fairy tale turns into a whole different story. The time frame its set in makes a whole mystery itself with different people,Lunars, different discoveries, different inventions, and a new disease. This book surely captivates you and keeps you until you’ve read the very last word. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know.

  4. I love Cinder. The plot is great. i really love how Marissa Meyer took a simple fairytale and made it her own. All the complicated twists gave it an edgy feel. But it’s so sad that Cinder’s stepsister and the emperor died due to the plague. I also really liked how the Lunars were incorporated into the story.

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