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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: New York : Square Fish, 2013
Edition: First Square Fish edition
ISBN: 9780141971742
Branch Call Number: eBook--Ya & Jr High
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (390 pages)
Alternative Title: Cinderella. English


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Science Fiction (Fairy-tale Retelling)

STEM concepts: artificial intelligence, astrobiology, biomedical engineering, cyborgology, epidemiology (pandemic)

Most people know about The Lunar Chronicles now, but it's NOT overhyped. It's worth it.

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Oct 11, 2017

What a wonderful book! I had debated for a very long time about whether to read this, and I only wish I'd decided to pick it up sooner. The story was perfect, and I couldn't put the book down. The only drawback for me was the romance. I loved both the characters, and I rather wanted to grab them, shake them, and tell them just to get together already. Literary characters these days. But it was awesome!

Aug 30, 2017

When my mom handed this book to me, I expected it to be a typical, boring re-telling of Cinderella with the steampunk twist loosely applied to it, but it was so much more! This was a very enjoyable book with many exciting, romantic, and heart wrenching moments woven together to create a thrilling story. The only complaint I can have is that it was predictable at times, but one can argue that's because it is retelling a classic fairytale.

Jul 31, 2017

Great book! Marissa Meyer deserves more love and appreciation! She writes amazing books and this one is no exception!!

Jul 27, 2017

great books.....highly recommend them;)

Jul 22, 2017

Amazing book ヽ(•̀ω•́ )ゝ

Jul 22, 2017

If the plot of this book (series) sounds like something you will enjoy, go for it! I was entertained and surprised to be surprised occasionally, although most plot events are indeed predictable. The futuristic world Cinder lives in seems just possible enough to be relatable, especially with the technology presence. Will be reading the next in the series

sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
The Lunar Chronicles is my favorite series. Cinder is a strong, likable character. The world is beautiful and complex; I absolutely love that we are *not* centered in the U.S. It follows the plot of Cinderella enough to resonate with that soft spot, but adds so much complexity and intrigue that it doesn't feel like a fairy tale retelling.

Jun 20, 2017

This was a REALLY great book. I'd love to write a teen fiction novel someday, and Marissa is one of those authors that can paint a picture and inspire other writers. I also loved the originality in the storyline, which put an interesting twist on the traditional Cinderella tale. Interestingly enough, the author knew nothing about mechanics and was still able to pull this story together very nicely.

As a 23 year old who loves teen fiction, I would definitely recommend it!

May 30, 2017

This was one of my favorite books ever! If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it!

sanangel1081 May 22, 2017

Due to Cinder's status as a cyborg, life in New Beijing has always been difficult. But she is tough, smart, and resourceful, using her natural ability as a mechanic to forge a new life for herself - though it turns out to be quite different from the life she expected.

Though I am not usually a fan of science-fiction (fantasy is more my thing), I really enjoyed this entire series! It breathes new life into the traditional Cinderella tale, hooking you right from the start with a cast of intriguing characters, a deadly plague, fascinating Earth/Luna (Moon) politics, and a handsome prince thrown in for good measure. Definitely a must-read!

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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?”

Aug 30, 2016

“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client--and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.”

Aug 30, 2016

“Soon, the whole world would be searching for her--Linh Cinder.
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A Lunar with a stolen identity.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they will be looking for a ghost.”

Aug 30, 2016

“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”

Aug 30, 2016

“Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I'm overheating.”

Aug 30, 2016

Cinder twisted up her lips. "Do you think it could have a virus?"
"Maybe her programming was overwhelmed by Prince Kai's uncanny hotness.”

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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.

Jun 03, 2013

Marissa Meyer retells the classic story of Cinderella in a modern dystopian love story. It follows a teenage cyborg named Cinder and her unexpected romance with a human prince.

Jul 31, 2012

Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing. What many people don't know about her is that she is a cyborg. When the charming and attractive Prince Kai asks her to fix his android, Cinder realizes that something is not quite right in the kingdom. A plague is killing off millions around the world, including the emperor himself. Relations with the Lunars, residents of the moon, are not particularly amicable. As Cinder's step-sister is afflicted with the plague, Cinder begins to discover the truth about her past, her origins, and what she must do to save the world from destruction by the plague and the Lunars.

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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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