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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

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.)

1769 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I saw this series once with the other cover in middle school and thought it would be awful. I was SO wrong!! This book is so amazing and it makes such an amazing world that I can't wait to explore in the rest of books! They're sitting on my shelf right now and I'm so excited❤️”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered characters
Slightly Smiling Face“This was a beautiful retelling of the story of Cinderella in a magical world that is a beautiful mix of our modern world and a futuristic world foreign to us. If it wasn't for the fact that I predicted the ending of the book at page 100 (this is a 400 page book, by the way) then I would have EASY given it 4 stars, if not 4.5, but there was no sense of surprise for me. Nonetheless, I do recommend everyone go read it!!”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersFuturisticMagical settingRacismViolencePredictable
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I knew nothing about this book going in and was pleasantly surprised. It was a really fast paced read for me and very enjoyable. I liked the characters, the world building, and the sci-fi aspect of it. I’m super excited to read the next one. The only part I was disappointed with was the ending. The entire ball scene felt messy and rushed. I would also like to point out that the romance felt a little forced. Kai met Cinder once and was instantly obsessed? Overall it was a good book though.”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readFast-pacedTwistyFuturisticWell-researchedScientificRushed ending
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“It’s just as great on a re-read as it is the first time! I found myself tracking the different sources of inspiration that I hadn’t noticed the first time. One obscure inspiration is the Greek myth of Selene and Endymion, which I hadn’t read before the first time I read this book. I love this book and the rest of the series so much!”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersRelatable charactersEasy to readWitty banterAddictiveImmersive settingAngstyComing of age
Thinking Face“To be discussed more in the call kabfkdnska”
Easy to readFunny writingFast-pacedDisappointing romanceFlat charactersLack of diversityPredictableRushed endingUnengaging characters

About 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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