Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1), EPUB eBook

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) EPUB

Part of the The Lunar Chronicles series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)
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A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.


  • Format: EPUB
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780141971742

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This review is featured on my blog at<br/><br/>Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is a sci-fi retelling of the Cinderella story and is the first in a series, with each book representing a different fairy tale. This version of a classic features a strong, resourceful heroine fighting against difficult odds – as a cyborg she has no rights and actually belongs to her stepmother, and most of society has a deep prejudice against her kind. In addition, a plague is sweeping across the world and cyborgs are being “volunteered” as research subjects for an antidote. When Prince Kai brings one of his androids to her mechanics shop for repair, Cinder also finds herself caught up in a political intrigue that endangers everyone around her and may cost her her life.<br/><br/>Meyer’s universe is well-developed and her vision of Earth after several centuries and two more world wars feels realistic. The characters are relate-able, although the Lunar people are taken a step further and given the ability to manipulate others with their minds. Cinder and Kai are sympathetic characters, yearning to live life on their own terms but unable to do so because of their positions. Some of the story is told from Kai’s point of view, so we get a first-hand look at how he struggles to do what is best for his people against the threat of war with Lunar. Shout-outs to the original fairy tale include a “pumpkin carriage” that Cinder uses to get to the ball, along with a “glass slipper” falling off in a very untimely fashion. A sweet twist in this series is that the heroine may eventually rescue the prince – if she can remain alive long enough.<br/><br/>The one weakness in this story is that the clues to Cinder’s past are very obvious, so many readers will find the revelation at the end rather anti-climatic. However, the fully-realized characters and the captivating storyline are well worth it. I am anxious to see what happens next to Cinder and Kai, and look forward to the rest of the journey Meyer is taking us on. Book two, Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), will definitely be on my pre-order list in 2013.