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
A must Read!
The market when they first meet, then the elevator.
She did a fine job with the different voices.
When her sister died.
It's an old story turned science fiction. Loved it! Can't wait to read more.
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.
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.
Rebecca Soler's girlish voice and reading style preserve the innocent feel of a fairy tale in the face of a cyberpunk world.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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