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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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Great for a road trip

Enough action and dialogue to keep the story moving. Good mix of Sci-fi and Fantasy.

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One of my favorite Cinderella retellings!

If you could sum up Cinder in three words, what would they be?

Page-turning, interesting, relatable

Have you listened to any of Rebecca Soler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to The Lunar Chronicles through Book 3, which are all very entertaining. This one is probably my favorite of the series, though Cress is next in line. I loved listening to this better than reading it becuase of her voices; they really bring the story to life.

I also LOVED Rebecca's Soler's performance of Marissa Meyer's Heartless, which is her newest and standalone novel. She takes her story-reading skills to a new level for that one. I enjoyed both Cinder and Heartless for different reasons, and they're very different stories, so I think Soler did a great job doing her best with both.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cinder is a very relatable character, even if you haven't been in her exact situation. She is relatable because of the hardships she deals with, and she's likable, drawing you into her world of sadness, unfairness, of wishing things were different or easier or just...better. Through her bitterness, she somehow manages to find humor in life and make friends.

There are so many moments that took me back to being a teenager again, insecure and scared of life, but also ready to take charge of life and face it head on, despite the fears. There's a lot of girl power in this book that I think Cinder earns as she learns about herself and her past; she has a lot of anxiety which seemed to flow from the page into me. And as Cinder learns stuff, I am mesmerized and excited.

There's a lot of teenagery giddiness and anxiousness in this one, but it's all worth it. I laughed A LOT and teared up a few times. That's a good balance.

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Best ever!

This was one of the best books I've ever read it was inspiring well written and I Will definitely read the next books in the series.

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Fun YA

I thought , oh no, another retelling of Cinderella. Well, it was, and it wasn't, and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series.

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BEST BOOKS EVER!!

Love love love these books!! Such an amazing spinoff and it kept my attention the whole way though! Rebecca Solar did a fantastic job!

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HOOKED and Ready for More

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would certainly recommend this book to my friends who are into a bit of Sci-Fi with Fantasy. The narrator/performer did a stunning job. She delivered in pulling me into the story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cinder is my favorite character and Iko rounds out as my second favorite character. I hope Iko will return in the next book.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Cinder stood up to Queen Levana at the ball and gave her the shock of her life.

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

When prince Kai finally knew Cinder's secret and he couldn't bare to look at her. It was heart sinking to know that his reaction hurt Cinder.

Any additional comments?

The story flowed nicely and never dragged and the characters were full of levels of emotions. I also enjoyed all the futuristic details that were in the book and I could see everything clearly in my head like a little movie playing out. Looking forward to buying the next audio in the series and I hope it is performed by the same narrator.

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Good but predictable

Cinder is a fun twist on the classic fairy tale but the story has a few short comings. despite "twisting" the Cinderella story the plot is predicable, including the big reveal at the end. it also falls into some painful YA tropes most obviously the "pretty-ugly" girl syndrome where there heroine thinks herself ugly but everyone else thinks she's beautiful and "love at fist sight" which I guess is part of the original story but still, a little weak.

The best part of this Cinder was the narration. I enjoyed the producers voice and performance. She brought a fantastic flavor and energy to the piece.

Over all worth the listen.

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When's the movie coming out!?

This book was awesome! After reading the synopsis I thought to myself, "this could be a great story, or... it could be very disappointing", it turns out it was better than great. The longer I listened, the longer I wanted to listen. With an interesting twist on an old tale, a great author, and an impressive narrator, I had to give "Cinder" five stars. WOW!

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couldn't "put it down"

this book is captivating in such a way I couldn't stop listening. this is only the first book in the series and I am giddy with excitement to see how Marissa has intertwined legendary fairytales into one big epitome of old and new. almost steampunk-esque, futuristic princesses.

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Worth the read

I just got done with this book. At first I was a little hesitant but the story became absolutely enthralling!