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Cinder

The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
Written by: Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 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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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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  • K
  • 2019-12-04

It was a good read

It was obviously predictable on the touch points of the story, as led by the title. It was also really good. It has fun, memorable characters, that were relatable and filled out, a well crafted world and interesting setting. It has cringy teenager moments, and some plot points I feel were added just for the sake of the fairy tale, and it was something I looked forward to listening to each time I got the chance.

I think this author is really good, and I look forward to more.

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Good adaptation of a classic.

Even though it is a classic and It can be predictable, the adaptation to the future makes it an enjoyable journey.

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a great read it definitely recommend

Here's a book you don't want to put down. very captivating and kept you interested in the story all the time. formed very well enjoyed can't wait to get the next book

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Great Book

I loved the characters and I enjoyed the way Rebecca reads each one of them. I'm looking forward to continuing the series!

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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!