Cinder

Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles (Volume 1)

Marissa Meyer

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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.
 
Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men
Which of your characters is most like you?
I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no—I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naïve side—things that could be said about me too—although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it.
Where do you write?
I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?
Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued.
The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?
Scarlet is awesome—she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)

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Listen to an audiobook excerpt from Marissa Meyer's young adult novel Cinder. A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator--set in a Star Wars kind of world--Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella. 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. This au

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“Singing mice and glass slippers are replaced with snarky androids and mechanical feet in this richly imagined and darkly subversive retelling of ‘Cinderella.’”—BCCB
 
"This is one buzzed novel that totally delivers." —Stacked Books Blog
 
"I absolutely loved Cinder. Marissa took a well known story and created an amazingly fantastic new twist, making this it an all together new story." —Between the Covers Blog
 
"Cinder is loads of fun—mostly due to seeing a familiar story play out in a new setting, but Cinder herself is also a tough, smart, mouthy, resourceful heroine, so spending almost 400 pages with her is completely enjoyable—and I'm totally, totally looking forward to the next one in the series." —Bookshelves of Doom
 
"Terrific." —Los Angeles Times
 
“Author Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on Cinderella.” –The Seattle Times

"Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry." --Horn Book Magazine 

“What they [readers] do not know until they begin turning the pages of this fable-turned-dystopian-science-fiction novel, is that Meyer’s embellishments create a spellbinding story of their own.”–VOYA

"First in the Lunar Chronicles series, this futuristic twist on Cinderella retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But debut author Meyer’s brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Fairy tales are becoming all the rage, with the TV shows Once Upon a Time and Grimm spinning them through a modern filter. The 26-year-old Meyer's debut novel Cinder, though, combines a classic folk tale with hints of The Terminator and Star Wars in the first book of The Lunar Chronicles young-adult series due out Jan. 3.” –USAToday.com

Cinderella is a cyborg in this futuristic take on the fairy tale, the first book in Ms. Meyer's planned ‘Lunar Chronicles’ series.” –Wall Street Journal, in a round-up called “After Harry Potter: The Search for the Magic Formula”

“…this series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future.” –Kirkus

“There’s a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on “Cinderella,” the first in a four-book series.” –Booklist


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Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, home of Almond Roca and Stadium High School, which was made famous when Heath Ledger danced down the stadium steps in 10 Things I Hate About You. Marissa didn't actually go to Stadium High School, but she did attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband. Cinder is her YA debut.

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Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
Marissa Meyer

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YALSA Teens' Top Ten, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, ABC New Voices Title, IRA Young Adult Choices, , Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, IL Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List, New York Charlotte Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, TN Volunteer State Book Award Primary ML, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List

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January 2012
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ISBN: 9780312641894
ISBN10: 0312641893
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
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Lexile: 790LL

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January 2012
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ISBN10: 1427215006
Young Adult FictionAudio Run Time: 9:00
Age Range: 13 to 17
Grade Range: 8 to 12
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January 2012
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ISBN: 9781427215017
ISBN10: 1427215014
Young Adult FictionAudio Run Time: 9:00
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Grade Range: 8 to 12
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January 2013
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ISBN: 9781250007209
ISBN10: 1250007208
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 790LL

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January 2012
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ISBN: 9781466800113
ISBN10: 1466800119
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
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