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
Something about this book intrigued me and I had it in my wish list for a while. I bought this book during a sale that audible had and I'm glad I did. I would have been pretty upset paying full price because it really wasn't great. There are a few intriguing parts and the book ends as if there will be another one but it left a lot to be desired. The narrators voice wasn't too pleasant to my ears and the story seemed to drag many times. The main character annoyed me with how wimpy and weak she was when she's supposed to be the heroine. I think this is supposed to be a spin off on Cinderella but apart from the evil step-mom and step-sisters there isn't much else in common which is a good thing if you're looking for a new story. If you get the book on sale it may be worth it but with so many other book options out there, this may be one to skip. I think the book has potential and the authors creativity is great but it needs some rewrites to make it less boring.
Fiction Book Editor. Audio Book Lover. Mom of Three. Wife of One.
I really enjoyed this unique retelling of Cinderella. Besides the subtle undertones of the classic, nothing is what it seems. The narrator was amazing as well.
A young cyborg girl, named Cinder, lives in New Beijing with her step-mother and two step-sisters. In the Cinderella fashion, her step mother makes her go out every day and work, without allowing her to keep any of the money she makes; she is a renowned mechanic that can repair almost anything, but mostly fixes androids and port screens. Both her step-mother and older step-sister is mean to her, blaming her for everything and taunt her often, especially for being a cyborg, "who can't even cry". She has a special bond with her younger step sister, Peony and her android Iko. She is living an mundane life until one day, Prince Kai comes to her booth with an android in need of repair. This is the stepping stone for the story that evolves into a romantic story, with an evil queen and lots of surprises.
This is a good YA book. I purchased it originally because I thought it would be nice break from some of the other books that I had been listening to lately. I liked this story much more than I expected, and when it was over, I wanted to go immediately into the next book (which I did).
The story wasn't too similar to a Cinderella fair tale, which I was slightly concerned about upon first reading the description of the story. It's a new twist on a well known story. Even though you think you know how it will go; you don't.
This book was sweet and even though it followed a basic over-told and over-rewritten story, it had a true spark of originality. Cinderella story aside it was still utterly predictable. But i shed a couple tears, laughed out loud and all in all had great fun reading this book.
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 :)
I enjoyed this book and was disappointed to learn that her next book is coming out in about a year! Unfortunately by that time I will probably have forgotten all about this series. The book ends on a cliff-hanger for those of you who hate that. It is a good adventure/action story, which takes some predictable turns. Overall the story is entertaining and engaging. I predict a major motion picture by 2015. Think Hunger Games.
for me it is, because if i read a book i tend to be inpatient and skip a lot of the dialogue so listening forces me to listen closely to every word...and for this book, every word is worth it!
i love the characters, the plot twist, the ideals....just amazing
she had really really really good accents! i was defiantly drawn in by the life she gave to the story.
i was at the edge of my seat the whole time! i was jumping for joy, and laughing, and i was ready to fight along side cinder!
this is a must read. it is such a creative spin on cinderella. i am counting the days till book two comes out! audible better have it the same day it comes out in print or i will have to buy the book instead!
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I absolutely loved this story! I was quite skeptical at first. I'm not usually a fan of "futuristic robot" books. Cinder was a great twist on the Cinderella story. I'm so excited for the next book to come out!
Husband. Dad. 3D Nerd. Tech Junkie. Saints fan. Part of the Squid clan.
Both my wife and I listened to Meyer's imaginative reconstruction of Cinderella and were amazed by the richness of the future world she wraps the story in. It doesn't come off as a rehash of the fairy tale; instead the characters have more depth and the world they inhabit is a clever mix of familiar and fantastical (I'm ready for my hover, thank you). I do wish the book hadn't ended with as big a cliff-hanger as it did, or that we'll have to wait another 9 months for book two in the series, but if it holds up as well as her first outing, it should be a heck of a ride! Looking forward to more from this promising author.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This is a well-done and imaginative re-telling of a classic loosely based on the plot of Cinderella. No, it's not an exact copy. The writing is good, the characters well-developed and fleshed out...they come to life from the "pages" (or earbuds). Kai and Cinder are great characters, I really came to care about them during the course of the story. I look forward to the next book and seeing what unfolds for them. The threat to Kai's sovreignty, indeed the threat of war between "countries" and even planets in the author's imagined world, and the battle against an insideous disease enhances the plot, making it about much more than relationships. The narration is good, the voice is appropo of the main character and delivers the story well. The only thing I would say could be done a little better is some of the male voices, particularly that of Kai himself. To me his voice should have been a little more distinguished and indentifiable. (That is a minor complaint, however.) Overall, I would highly recommend this. It is one of my favorite stories (overall) and favorite Audible listens that I have experienced recently.
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