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What the community says about Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
- "I'm not sure I would classify this book as a royalty romance since it's about a second class citizen. I understand the traditional Cinderella story has her marrying a prince but is that past premise enough to label this book without knowing for sure who Cinder will end up with or if she will ever become royalty herself."
- "Last Christmas, I purchased this series for my 'reluctant reader' of a teen. She has read every volume and loves it. It's a modern day take (and much more about empowerment) on the old Cinderella story, that most teens will love. Meyer is a great author, interesting - and her writing style sharp and exciting. This is a great young adult series. "
- "The premise of this book is a bit different from A Court of Thorns and Roses, but both books are about a strong female protagonist. It's a fairy tale retelling and a science fiction novel wrapped in one glorious story. I recommend this book to more adventurous readers. "
- "Cinder by Marissa Meyer looks like a great recommendation for a book about a princess. The book has 4.6 out of 5 stars and 3,272 customer reviews with a reasonable price range and multiple ways to purchase to enjoy. It most definitely fits the search criteria and things I would find for an acceptable purchase."
- "I love anything to do with space and aliens and this book caught my attention since it had such moon people with mind controlling magic that made it fun to read. This book has an interesting story about a evil stepmother who sacrifices a 16 year old girl for plague research to save her stepsister who was infected by the plague. "
- "An interest unexpected hybrid of Cinderella and Black Mirror. This retells the tale in a futuristic way way with cinderella as a cyborg species. This could have gone either way as a far as being great or terrible but was written well. Has some unique twists while staying true to the tale. Adds a depth of character to everyone that other Cinderella type tales failed to do. Good overall read."
- #7 of 35
in What are the best fairy tales
- "Easily the best fairy tale retelling of Cinderella, updated to a space-and-cyborg fantasy that far exceeded my rather low expectations. Well written, eloquent and still very accessible to younger audiences. No swearing, no sex and for a change, the avoidance of strong language doesn't sound condescending."
- "I'm a huge fan of romance novels that feature a strong female lead and the novel Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer definitely fits the bill. I really love the science fiction themes here and the main character essentially being a cybernetic organism keeps everything incredibly interesting throughout the tale. I do have to say that the story is a little odd in parts but it has enough twists to keep you guessing and entertained. The romance angle is fairly straightforward but still enjoyable nonetheless. I highly recommend this book, especially if you're looking for something a little different in the "romance" genre."
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- "This book would be what happened if Cinderella were set in the future instead of the past. It was an extremely entertaining read, and I couldn't put it down once starting. If you are into both fantasy and Sci-Fi, it's a must read. As a young adult novel, it's fairly good though there might be some better ones with a more general focus."
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- "Cinder of The Lunar Chronicles is one of the best YA books about diseases that you can find. Despite being very fictional in nature, the book features some chapters that involve very real feeling infections. After finishing the book, I bookmarked some of these passages as they really left a mark on me."
- "While a fantastic book and series, to tote Marissa as an Asian heroine ignores her multi-racial background. In this day and age and where society is headed, it is far more appropriate to identify this novel and represent the importance of mix-backgrounds and not the single mindedness that this book is thrown into by this category."
- "I thought this was a great new take on the Cinderella fairy tale and I usually don't like retellings. I loved how Cinder had to navigate the bleak futuristic world in order to uncover the secrets of her past and save the world. Marissa Meyer successfully branched off from the classic fairy tale and created an incredible love story in a unique world. ""This is a retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale set in a cyberpunk dystopia. It's actually very interesting and I think a great way to introduce fans to the cyberpunk genre. The characters are about what you would expect, but the plot is original and keeps you entertained."
- "I wasn't really a big fan of this book. The plot sounds like it could be fairly interesting but it is full of plot holes and the overall story just sort of falls flat. I also thought that the characters were pretty hard to relate to. They didn't feel real, and without a solid story or good characters, the whole book just sort of falls apart. "
- "Happens in the future around 100 years into the 4th world war. There is life on the moon and there is a sense of existence. The people on the moon have some ability and mind control over the earthlings or if you want to call them humans you can call them that too because it happens in the future the people are not realy humans anymore. I am almost 40 and i thought this was not going to be a good read but boy was i wrong. "
- "I was never one for fairy tales as a child, and so their retellings aren't something I gravitate to as an adult. But Cinderella is one of the few fairy tales I remember adoring. My favorite parts of Cinder were those that reminded me of the original story. I'm totally on board with a sci-fi Cinderella reboot, and I loved the idea of transforming her into a kick-ass mechanic. Cinder's stepmother, Adri, is perfection. She's cold blooded, but you can get why she resents Cinder even if you can't excuse it. I enjoyed Iko in her role as sarcastic sidekick (taking on that sort of "Gus" role from the Disney movie). The futuristic setting of New Beijing was interesting. Adding in the element of a deadly plague really intrigued me. Prince Kai? Meh. But, ok, he can be Prince Charming or whatever."
- #10 of 30
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- "It is the far future, more than 100 years after the fourth World War. There are people living on the moon. Well, I guess you would probably call them people. They seem to have been there long enough to be evolving into a separate species. They have the ability to influence the minds of Earth-bound humans to see what they want them to see and do what they want them to do. This matters because their Queen, Levana, who appears to be the best at this mind-control business – so much so that she also controls the minds of the other Lunars – appears to be dead set on taking over all of Earth too."
- "Cinder, the first of the series, is an interesting twist on Cinderella meets thriller. After getting infected by a deadly plague she becomes the galactic's last hope as she fights between a sense of duty and freedom (and love) to find out about her past. It's quite bizarre...but in a way it actually works. It's not my favorite book ever, but it's certainly interesting.""I loved the Percy Jackson books and the Lunar Chronicles is a good choice for a next series to read. The premise is way off, with it dealing with fairy tales as opposed to mythology, but there's the same story style and structure that will appeal to young readers."