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.
©2012 Marissa Meyer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
This was chosen by my book club, so is a departure for me. I was trepidatious about the idea of a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella. Let's face it - most fairytales are outdated and misogynistic.
However, the story and the narration held my attention and it was very entertaining. It is in fact only very loosely based on the fairytale.
The ending however was a HUGE disappointment! I knew this was part of a series, but assumed each book would be self-contained whole, with a proper ending. Nope - this book just stopped - seemingly in the middle. A big 'to be continued'.
Now I feel cheated. I am somewhat compelled to buy the next one, but a little afraid I will be left hanging at the end again. I read that there will be 4 books in the Lunar Chronicles. Each one focusing on a different fairytale. Not sure I want to commit to all 4....
No I wouldn't listen to it again I don't really re-read books that often
Cinder was my favourite character because she accepted her life and tried to make the most of it
the little android Iko?
Yes but I didn't
I listed to this book over 4 days it made me do housework and gardening just so I could keep listening to it.
I bought this audiobook for my family to listen to when we drove 8 hours for our vacation. We got to our destination and wanted to keep driving to listen to the rest of the story. We want more...more ....more. Great read, great narrator, worth every penny.
So far, in my limited experience of fairy tale retellings, Meyer has been top notch. She's done more with the story than just make it something slightly new. She's created this crazy advance fairytale world with cyborgs, advanced technologies and data chip, and an insane Lunar race that can read your mind and infiltrate your thoughts. It makes for a wonderfully spectacular reading experience.
Now, getting into the story, this one of course is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Definitely not one of my favorite fairytales. However, the wave that Meyer has told the story has made it definitely made me rethink my opinion. Scarlet and Wolf definitely had one crazy adventure to "Grandma's House". I really liked Wolf. He was all sexy but tortured and damaged, and these days, that seems to be how I like my book boyfriends, lol. I liked the twist on who he was and how he fit into the story. But I did have issues with Scarlet. She was just too much - too strong, too determined, too hard-headed and too annoying.
I definitely will be continuing the series and I think it might be just one of my favorites. Nice job, Meyer.
Rebecca Soler is a great narrator. As soon as I find an interesting premise, I'd be happy for her to take me on another ride.
This is one of the best books!! I can never say "THE best" because I have too many that I love but it's up there with my favs!!! Marissa Myer put a great spin on a classic fairy tale. At times, I was REALLY angry with some of these characters in this book!! Marissa Myer really pulls you into the story and inside of Cinder's head. I must say, I was really surprised to like this as much as I did. I'm currently listening to Scarlet and it's just as good but with more "action" (it's going to KILL me to wait for the 3rd installment). If you like sci-fi-ish books or fairy tale books, then you will really like this one. I would say it's a must read.. or a must listen.. if you will. :)
The "tech" - gadgets, etc., where fun. The character development was good.
Here was the problem. The story had great momentum on it's Cinderella theme until the closing scenes. Then it bogged down, and was left with no ending. Like the author was trying to force a sequel. A couple of more chapters, and a logical conclusion would have tied up the loose ends.
Yes. Although I don't normally go for "young adult" books, this one was above average and a lot of fun. It was easy to listen to, slightly predictable, but overall interesting.
How the author took a classic and fitted the tale into an alternate reality/futuristic setting, created a mystery, and kept the book moving along without too much self introspection by the main character.
No, I haven't, but I liked the performance overall.
I never listen to a book all in one setting, but it did keep me wanting to come back and find out what happened next.
Surprisingly, very good.
I like cinderella re-tellings but they can be very similar to one another. This was by far one of the most original cinderella stories I have heard. Dystopia meets fairytale.
Her inflections. I really enjoyed this narrators performance she was very easy to listen to and told the story well.
The book sounds weird and I read over the description a couple of times and thought this book sounded stupid but It appeared on a 'teen classics' for teachers so I took a chance. Glad I did! I couldn't put it down, it was a fun listen.
This book was incredible. I have become addicted to this series! I love all the hidden fairytale references in this book. I also read Scarlett, the second book of this series which is just as captivating. I am so sad I have to wait a year to read the next book! I totally recommend this book. The performance was also very good. I also like how they kept the same reader for the 2 books so far.
Yes in a few years when I forget the story!!! Cinder was freaking awesome!
Cinder reminds me of Across the Universe by Beth Revis.... They both are set in the future n bring this sci-fi element to the story without it being too much. They r both very well done. Even a person like me that doesn't like sci-fi all that much can enjoy the story without feeling overwhelmed with the futuristic aspects of the book.
Yes, this book kept popping in my head every time I was away from it.
<3 my Goodreads* book review <3
To think that I almost ignored this book because to me it was just another over hyped book. A Cinderella retelling could not possibly be as good as pretty much EVERYBODY, that reads it, says it is. I thought... A cyborg-mechanic girl, who lives in a new version of Beijing, has an evil stepmother, two step sisters, round everything with some pretty shady people from the Moon with powers and a deadly virus that is killing humans n cyborgs.... How can that be any good??? HA HA! Little did I know... I was wrong!
After reading Across the Universe (another sci-fi book I was hesitant about. What can I say? I am a little afraid of the sci-fi genre) earlier this year and loving it. I decided I was going to give Cinder a try. I guess I don't have to say that I am glad I did, right? But I will... I am sooooo freaking happy I gave this book a try. Cinder is one of my top reads this year and maybe top reads of all time!! I was not ready for how AWESOME this book was.
Cinder was amazing. I really sympathized with her. Though she had many problems, like the way the humans, but specially her stepmother, treated her (to name one.), Cinder didn't seem like a "Debby Downer" character, she just woke up each day and did what she had to do to survive n maintain her so called family. I also loved her struggle with the Prince, she doesn't want to fall for him like all the other girls in the kingdom, at the same time she can't help it. Honestly?! Who could? Talking about the Prince... Kai was very good looking, by the way Cinder describes him, and he was very mature. Kai knows that he has some hard decisions to make, but to me he didn't seem afraid of facing them. I felt like I was reading about a man and not a little boy. And then there was Iko, Cinders little robot, at least I think she was little. Iko's personality n the way she brought out a softer side of Cinder made her a fun character. Im still not sure what is going to happen to her but I am hoping for an Iko comeback at some point!
Besides loving the characters, the plot took me by surprise. To me there was a perfect dosage of action, romance, evil plots, politics and mystery. It never became too much to understand. Meyer does a great job in explaining her world from the Lunar people with their "today the earth - tomorrow the universe" ways to the hidden secrets of who Cinder really is. I never felt lost or confused, even though there was about a million things going on. I loved the parts that I could find the connection between Cinder and the original Cinderella version and I also loved the parts that made this book unique and different from the original Cinderella. I couldn't pick one favorite moment. This book was filled with them. The one negative thing I have to say about Cinder is that after I finished this book, I got into a horrible reading slump because I was feeling like there was no book that was going to be as good. LOL! I would love to be able to write more about my feelings about Cinder but that would be given too much away! I am sad that the next book isn't mainly about Cinder but I am very excited to see what Marissa Meyer has in store for us!
Cinder gets a 10 out of 5 from me! <3
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