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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles | [Marissa Meyer]

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

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.
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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

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    Bugzee3 United States 11-06-12
    Bugzee3 United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Cinder Cyborg"
    If you could sum up Cinder in three words, what would they be?

    A must Read!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cinder?

    The market when they first meet, then the elevator.


    What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

    She did a fine job with the different voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When her sister died.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an old story turned science fiction. Loved it! Can't wait to read more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eve Bethel Park, Panama 10-30-12
    Eve Bethel Park, Panama 10-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightfully non-Disney"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. It has the comfort of the backbone of a well known story fleshed out in an entirely new way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heroine is neither a bubble headed girly girl nor an intentionally balls to the wall tomboy. She is neither looking to find a savior nor to prove herself a hero, only to do what she can to help her own situation, that of the people she loves, and then ultimately of others as she learns she learns she actually has the power to do so. Much young adult fiction aimed at girls seems to focus on either gaining Prince Charming (or Vampire Charming or whatever Young Mister Charming is offered up as first prize) or validating the heroine's worth. They are books of becoming, not of doing. This is a book of doing. It gives a passing nod at the desire to be admired both by a male and by society, but neither are the heroine's primary goal.


    What does Rebecca Soler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rebecca Soler's girlish voice and reading style preserve the innocent feel of a fairy tale in the face of a cyberpunk world.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-15-12
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-15-12 Member Since 2010

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Fun!"

    What a fun story! It is a retelling of the Cinderella story, with quite a few twists. I like this better than the original story, because Cinder is a girl who doesn't need to be rescued by a man! She is strong, and accomplishes a lot despite the many disadvantages she has. For one, she is a cyborg, which is the same as being a slave in her society.

    The only criticism I can give is that the ending is very frustrating! It sets up for the sequel, which I am looking forward to, but have to wait till next year before it is published! I will be downloading it as soon as it is available on Audible!

    The audience for this story is young adults, but even a not-so-young adult like me enjoyed it immensely! And I love the cover art!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evangheline North Carolina 10-01-12
    Evangheline North Carolina 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not your average Cinderella story...so much more!"

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jycarter Antioch, CA, United States 09-26-12
    jycarter Antioch, CA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Could not stop listening to it."

    Very exciting and I could not stop listening to it. Loved the mystery and cannot wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Page & Andy Lie Pacifica, CA USA 09-09-12
    Page & Andy Lie Pacifica, CA USA 09-09-12 Member Since 2012

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    "LOVED it!!"

    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!

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    Janice Colden, NY, United States 09-03-12
    Janice Colden, NY, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another trilogy...argh!"
    What did you like best about Cinder? What did you like least?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 08-25-12
    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "FANTASTIC READ! Great story, good characterization"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mariam Windermere, FL, United States 08-06-12
    Mariam Windermere, FL, United States 08-06-12
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    "Great audiobook!"

    I loved this book! The narration was awesome and it totally exceeded my expectations! Thanks Audible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey Highland Park, NJ 07-31-12
    Mickey Highland Park, NJ 07-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from Marissa Meyer and/or Rebecca Soler?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marissa Meyer again?

    Maybe


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Soler’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Despite a number of positive reviews, I found the book and the performance pretty boring. If I had realized that this is really a book for teenagers or younger I wouldn't have purchased. It's not that the retelling of the Cinderella story was juvenile, but the way the story was written and presented was. This is the first time I have disliked a book enough to not finish listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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