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  • Cinder

  • The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
  • Written by: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first instalment of The Lunar Chronicles - a futuristic reenvisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

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 fairy tale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

©2012 Marissa Meyer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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A one day read

Probably a good idea to put aside some time, I am glad that I had a day off when I started. It was very hard to put down

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  • Cee
  • 2022-02-19

Should have been a stand alone book

I remember starting this book YEAAARS but I barely remember what it was about or what happened at the end so I decided to re read. Pretty solid book. I didn't know it was a series when I read this book. I finished this book pretty unsatisfied in the end, I was waiting for something more to happen but overall it's a good book, I don't think I'll read the rest of the series though. I really don't feel like this book should have been a series. It would have been good as a stand alone book or maybe broken into 2 parts but FOUR books...? No thanks.

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My favourite series

I really love this series. I own all the books and find it really great to listen to when I can't sleep. I'm a 22 year old female and really enjoy the story. I think Rebecca Soler does a great job of the voices and characters. I feel like the story can be a little predictable as it is meant for a slightly younger audience, but there are still great unexpected moments and great nods to the fairy tales they're based off of. If you haven't finished the series I highly recommend you do as well as her stand alone book "Heartless."

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Good concept, just cliche

It's a teen novel so I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but the story was quite predictable. There was tons of foreshadowing that blatantly gave away much of the plot. It is a good concept but perhaps it would be better if it was written for an older audience. That being said, the strong female leads were a refreshing change.

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Predictable

I predicted the "reveal" about an hour into the novel. I could not stand Cinder's character. I found her so rude, especially to the people who were trying to help her. Wasn't a fan of this novel at all.

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Great Retelling of Classic Fairy-tales

This review is for the whole Lunar Chronicles series.
A very inventive retelling of the classic fairy-tales. I love how Marissa Meyer was able to twist these classics and weave them all together. It exceeded my expectations. Rebecca Soler also does a great job narrating these stories, she has distinct voices for each of the characters and is very easy to listen to. I will absolutely listen to these books again. Great Series!!

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Fantastic remake of the fairy tale classic

I loved this book. I'm really into YA fantasy/sci-fi at the moment and this did not disappoint for some light, fun escape. The ending is very abrupt, as seems to be common in certain series I've read lately, and I wish some of these authors would spend a bit more time bringing it to a close. Cliffhangers are meant for TV ratings, not books.
Rebecca Soler did a fantastic reading - great voices and consistency throughout.

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Cinderella with a twist, got better than expected

Cinder is a cyborg, ward of a step mother and a mechanic. Parts of the setup that just don't make sense. Cinder seems to be the only means of income for the family yet they actively hinder her working. She ends up fixing an android for the son of the Emperor, or of course in a Cinderella story, the prince. Another part of the society that doesn't make sense is there is a deep seated bigotry against cyborgs. It is related that the cyborgs are typically survivors of accidents who end up getting mechanical body part replacements. Given the level of bigotry exhibited it is never explained why the people just don't remain limbless but able to function in society without the stigma.

I figured I would just listen to this book and forget about it. The performer was mildly engaging. THe book starts off reading quite young, more like young adult vs contemporary science fiction. About 3/4s of the way through the story gets more interesting with less of a happily ever after vibe. Plot twists are telegraphed from a 100 miles away and a lot of the time you are just waiting for them to come to fruition, but the ending was interesting enough to have me thinking of getting the next in the series, although I haven't yet.

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awe that is what it made me say I loved I hope you enjoy it too.

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recommended from a new mother with a busy schedule

loved it!! I read this book before and am now a new mother. I kept trying to find the time to re read it. I decided to try out this Audible app recommended by a friend. glad I did. I really enjoyed it with my busy schedule!!

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  • Andia
  • 2019-07-20

Amazed!!

This book was truly an amazing listen. I was recommended to this collection by my friend and so far I am amazed. Now it's on to the second one!

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  • Asian reviwer
  • 2018-05-22

Predictable but fun

For a long time I wasn’t keen on reading this book (as I’m not a sci-fi fan) but I had read so many good reviews on the Lunar Chronicles that I decided to give it a try. At first the book was hard to get into but after 2 hours of listening, I was sold. The narrator did an amazing job with the characters especially Iko. I really liked the protagonist “Cinder” and root for her enough to follow her story in the sequel.

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  • Camilla
  • 2017-05-22

new version

I love this version of Cinderella. I was hesitant to get it due to I'm not the biggest fan of Cinderella. But this book is worth buying!