To start off I will say that I loved the main character--Cinder. I thought at the begining that she was going to be your average damsel in distress...and boy was I wrong! Cinder is a strong young woman who also is a cyborg (part human part robot). She was adopted when she was eleven years old but her step-father has passed away. She is left with her step mother and two step sisters (but one of the step sister's is actualy a sweetheart). Also Cinder is a well known mechanic, this leads to prince Kai brining one of his androids to be repaired. So the story begins. In the time that Cinder lives in there is a disease that is plagueing humanity, a plague without a cure. Humanity faces many threats and the plague is just one of them. There is always a constant threat of war from the Lunars (human who live on the moon), more specificaly from Queen Luna who has killed her very own family and relatives to be queen. Now the Queen has an ultimatum for Prince Kai...soon to be Emperor Kai, marry her to avoid war. This was a fast paced book in which we see Cinder as a head-strong woman who also has many doubts about herself because of the prejudices she has to face from her family and society. She is slammed with many more prejudices as she discovers more about herself. I look forward to the next book!!
Very exciting and I could not stop listening to it. Loved the mystery and cannot wait for the next book.
My 13 year old daughter and I both listened to this great story and we both LOVED it! The characters of Cinder and Prince Kai are both really well developed and, even though the story is a modern (post-apocalyptic?) Cinderella story, there were some surprising plot twists. We both eagerly look forward to the next installment in the Lunar Chronicles!
I am getting really tired of getting to the end of a book and finding it has just set me up for the next book in a trilogy. I knew nothing about Cinder, but was fascinated by the concept when I read the description. I really enjoyed the book, but was extremely disappointed that it was not a complete story.
This book is excellent! I am VERY anxious to read the next one. It's already one of my favorites. I was enthralled and couldn't stop listening. The author really draws you into the story and the reader is super too. Would highly recommend this one!
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
Even though I love rehashes of fairy tales, I didn't expect much out of this book because it was a YA fiction. There were the standard plot holes for YA works, (For example; Prince Kai isn't exactly up to snuff on political etiquette, what he actually does is pretty vague, and he's a little too innocent to believe.)
With all this talk of a Terminator Princess, I'll admit I was expecting more carnage. But if you can set your skepticism on the back burner, this is an entertaining read. The main character is blessedly down to earth, sometimes funny and very useful. She's not all powerful or anything, it's still a girl we're reading about, with electronic parts and human instincts.
yes. It's fresh and new, but still a familiar story
Cinder sees herself on the hologram and sees her own capabilities. It makes me think of each of us as part of the human race, finding out new things we can do that are already right inside of us.
no, but she did this one so well I'd listen to any of her other stories.
Powerful, gripping, enjoyable,
Marissa Meyer did an excellent job of integrating the elements of a favorite fairy tale into a larger-scale story; translating the story into a futurisitc, sci-fi setting and adding larger scale plot elements (making me eager to hear the next installment).
Ms. Soler does a great job in voicing the characters and gives Cinder a great attitude and lots of spunk! I also love her interpretation of Aiko (Cinder's android companion) and the doctor.
This is an emotionally gripping story and I found myself tearing up a few times at critical moments. Ms. Meyer really pulls you in to Cinder's life, allowing you to feel her emptional ups and downs.
The narrator's ability to create unique voices for each character and her ability to make the character's sound passionate during dialogue.
Cinder is a wonderfully unique character. I hate the typical cliche characters, and this story scoffs at the original Cinderella cliche.
She was the perfect voice for Cinder. I couldn't possibly imagine anyone else narrating this role. Her voice is passionate and real, and she makes the other character sound just as unique.
Yes, but I won't spoil it for anyone else :)