Cinder: Chapters 1-5

Cinder: Chapters 1-5

by Marissa Meyer
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Cinder: Chapters 1-5 by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466805880
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Series: Lunar Chronicles Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 13,848
File size: 211 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.


Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.

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Cinder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1020 reviews.
VioletteReads1 More than 1 year ago
For me, fairy tale re-tellings are kind of hit or miss. As with any re-telling, you kind of have to assume you already know what's going to happen. That was not the case with "Cinder." Although it definitely has elements of the classic Cinderella story, there were really enough new additions that I was kept guessing! Primarily, the setting was so...quirky and new that it totally pulled me in! Seriously. About 10 pages in and I hooked! Generally, I'm not a big sci-fi fan. I don't like to read books that feature robots and spaceships and stuff, yet Cinder's world somehow didn't come off as cold, metallic, and unfeeling - even though the main character is a cyborg. And man, I never thought I could actually be <i>rooting</i> for a cyborg! I found Cinder to be really well-written. She was smart, independent, and every bit the tomboy. She just came off as real and down-to-earth, which really helped highlight the nastiness of her step-mother and sister. My absolute favorite was the side character of Iko - an android and Cinder's best friend. She's the perfect support to Cinder's otherwise lonesome life. I wish I could get my hands on her personality chip. The world that Meyer writes is also really well-developed. New Beijing is a fully realized place which merges technology with elements of the traditional. I never thought I could appreciate an environment that featured both hover-crafts AND cherry blossoms. The conflicts and cultures that are portrayed in the book feel deeply rooted in the story - and never rushed or forced. Even the race of Lunars have depth and so much thought behind them. If you like your story packaged into one neat story, beginning to end, you won't get that here. The book is built on there being a sequel. With that being said, I completely and utterly LOVED "Cinder," and feel it's absolutely worth it to read this book and wait for the sequel!
laura24 More than 1 year ago
The was one of the better books I have read.I was instantly immersed into this fantastic, well written story.
cubicleblindnessKM More than 1 year ago
Cover Amazing cover, it suits the story perfectly, and it's gorgeous, love the red Characters Favorite This question is always the hardest for me to answer. I am usually on the side of the villain, because they make the story interesting. Even though this story had an awesome villain I think it's a tie between Cinder and Kai. They are fantastic characters they really drive this story. Cinder is so smart and protective and Kai is caring and sweet. I loved both of them so much. Least Favorite Adri, the step mother plays the part well. I hated the thought that Cinder even had to deal with her on a daily basis. But as we all know she is a necessary character in the story of Cinderella Beginning The reader gets to jump right into the world, jumping into Cinder's daily life and get information about the world through dialogue or actions of the characters. I love this, I have never been a fan of big info dumps. The reader is introduced to Cinder, her job as a mechanic in the market and her family and job. We also get introduced to the Prince right away and his need to have all of his affairs in order before the big ball takes place. Storyline Cinder who is a mechanic and cyborg in the city of New Bejing, finds herself in the middle of a world being seriously threatened by the Plague. Her own sister has fallen ill and everybody is fighting for the cure. When she accepts a job from Prince Kai she soon finds herself in the middle of a galactic war in which the lunar people have been watching and preparing for. Ending Heart pounding ending. It is like the tension being pulled in a rubber band and just about to snap. Sit on the edge of your seat kind of suspense that will leave you craving for the next book immediately. This is just the beginning of Cinder's story and I for one cannot wait to see what happens next. Thoughts I thought this story was very imaginative and very well put together. It had a growing sense of foreboding and suspense that kept me reading so fast that I never wanted to set it down. Although I did not like Adri because of how awful she treated Cinder, all of the characters were really amazing and made such an impact to the overall story. Perfect pacing and an all out enjoyable read from start to finish. Quotes &ldquo;Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.&rdquo; &ldquo;Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.&rdquo;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it. Its ahmazing! The first five chapters made me just abiut scream and dance and sing while anticipating the rest. Deffinatly going on my "To-Buy" list when it comes out!
terilhack More than 1 year ago
Cyborg Cinderella. I think that it was the concept of an altered twist on the Cinderella tale that really made me yearn for this release as much as I did, and Marissa Meyer fulfilled all of my fantasy dreams. Castle on Earth, yes! How about a evil empire on the Moon that is hellbent on taking over ruling Earth by offing a huge portion of the population so evil Queen can marry hot prince who is crushing on said cyborg Cinderella?! OH yeah! Cinder is a story about a girl named Cinder who lives with the evil stepmother in New Bejing surviving by hiding out in her workshop and selling parts and repairs in the city market. We open up to Cinder revealing to readers that she is a cyborg, part human-part machine, living in a futuristic world that wants nothing to do with cyborgs (constant discrimination) and yet they are also looking to sell off a cyborg to two into research for a cure to end a crippling disease rippling through the population. Cinder is soon asked to repair a service machine to the one and only horribly attractive, conflicted and kind Prince Kai. Is this book just about a relationship, nope, it is about the harsh reality of interplanetary conflict, death and disease, machine repair, medical practices, and personal leg repair. The character interactions between Kai and Cinder are fabulously written and intertwined in the plot throughout the story but really what caught me was Cinder. This amazing young woman lives a harsh life but also she carries within her a spark to greatness. We soon find in these pages a complicated past and a harrowing future for this young heroine in a world out to shun her. Marissa Meyer has taken an old tale and fashioned it into a new beautiful work that will captivate readers and keep them anticipating until the very last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This re-told classic is awesome. I was impressed with the imagery Marissa Meyers portrays. I feel the Lunar effect through the amazing descriptions. I could not put down this modern day classic. I am counting the days until 2013 when the story continues. This book leave you doing the same.
LisaILj More than 1 year ago
WOW is all I can say about this book. This is one of the better books I have read in a while. I am not a sci-fi fan and cyborgs, androids, and robots generally make me drool in boredom, however this book transcends any preconceived opinions about sci-fi. This book is great for anyone from ages 12 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to put it down and at work I would be thinking about this story and then couldn't wait to get home so I could get back to reading again. Waiting for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a creative take on Cinderella! I enjoyed every minute of it. A bit predictable in some aspects, but I didn't mind because it was so inventive, with such an in-depth backstory and strong personalities. It was fun to read and I could really get into it; I read nearly nonstop. I just can't wait for the next books!
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
I'm wow-ing at how inventive, creative, and exciting CINDER by Marissa Meyer is!! I honestly didn't think that I was going to like it because I wasn't too sure how robotics would play out in a Cinderella twist, but Oh My Grease Monkeys I was so wrong! So wrong that I ended up paying for it with dark circles under my eyes. I started reading Cinder at around 11pm and next thing I knew day break was peeking through the curtains. Well worth the all-nighter, and will definitely not disappoint!! The unexpected action pack and drama/suspense had me glued to the pages. I never once needed a bookmark! Although I knew where the plot/climax was going, I totally didn't mind because the written layout has you wanting the events to build up to that point. Enjoying every detail, struggle, and anxiety inducing tale of Linh Cinder! I love how the introduction of non-earthen characters, the mixing of humans, and human hybrids (cyborgs & androids) made an enjoyable and imaginative twist to a well loved classic fairy-tale, Cinderella. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is no doubt on par if not exceeding the greatness of its classic! I will be looking forward to sharing the adventure and the thrill of delving back into the Lunar Chronicles in Book #2! A brilliant 2012 MUST READ Debut!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So when i first picked up Cinder i looked at it and put it back because it just sounded strange to me.. Then i went back a week later and figured i might as well read it since ive read everything else and i must say i was pleasantly surprised!! It takes a very unique spin on a traditional fairytale and gives it a whole new light! You have to give the book a few chapters before you get hooked but i promise once you do you wont be able to put it down! I really liked Prince Kai's personality and thought him and Cinder complemented eachother well! Over all i thought it had a fantastic plot and decent character development, im very interested to see where she takes the second book! Definitly recommend!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this spin on cinderella. The characters are pretty strong for a teen fiction and the pace of the novel is perfect. I did find some of the characteristics of the Lunar race confusing. The book mentions that Lunar's "glamour" spells cannot reflect in netscreens, portscreens, or mirrors. The Lunar queen even goes out of her way to avoid talking on a netscreen early in the book. The last quarter of the book, however, visualizes the queen on a netscreen. I hope the rest of the series stays true to the already mentioned facts of the races and characters because instances like this can be really distracting for the reader. This was almost my favorite teen read for the year so far. I hope Marissa Meyer pays close attention to detail in her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! When I finished the first five chapters I was hooked and couldnt wait to read more! Can not wait to get the book! PRESS YES IF YOU AGREE
under1groove More than 1 year ago
Well Put KimballSK! For that reason, I typically do not start series like this until the majority of the books are put out. I wish these authors would realize that a well-written book is all that is needed to "hook" a customer. Most avid readers like myself will read hundreds of books during the year that it takes the author to release the next in a series. By then, cliff-hanger doesn't hold the same appeal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was skeptical about reading this because I didn't want to read another Cinderella over again. But this book takes so many twists and turns, not very Cinderella like at all, it's perfect. Read it! Why not?!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Did not finish Stopped at page 57, chapter 8    The beginning didn't grab me like I wanted. I can't put my finger on it exactly because it immediately shows us something unique about the world of cyborgs with Cinder taking off her foot. I put it down after four pages, and wandered around the house. But since I had read SO many good reviews about it, and it was voted by over half of the votes of what I should read next, I decided I would try to get through a few more chapters.     When we met the prince though, and the first talk about the draft and the plague was mentioned, I got into it a little bit more. But ultimately, I still didn't want to pick it back up  when I stopped, and although Cinder was brave and talented, a character that I would normally adore, I just felt indifferent about what happened. 
Cumberbatch More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! It was amazing! I fell in love with it after the first chapter!
TheCover_Crystal More than 1 year ago
This book blew my mind from the moment I picked it up and started reading it I couldn&rsquo;t put it down I practically pulled an all nighter reading this book. I&rsquo;m so glad I read it this book is WORTH all the hype its getting. Cinder is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella. It&rsquo;s about a girl who is a mechanic and works in a booth for her stepmother in the city of New Beijing. Theirs something different about Cider she is a Cyborg. And most of the time she tries to keep her cyborg side hidden because cyborgs are discriminated against. One day while she&rsquo;s running her Mechanics booth the Prince of New Beijing shows up to have Cinder fix his android that is not working. And from that day forward they keep meeting. The major plot point of the book was pretty predictable but I was actually okay with that it didn&rsquo;t take away anything from the book or my enjoyment of it. From the very beginning Cinder had me hooked, Marissa Meyer is as an author is truly gifted about drawing you in and keeping you attention. This book has everything Science Fiction, Action adventure, Romance. It has something in it for everyone! I recommend if you haven&rsquo;t picked up this book yet you need to it is a must read for 2012
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun twist on an old tale but why why does it have to be part of a series... I hate the wait for her to continue the next step of her adventure. Great characters and feel. All ages would enjoy
vinay1322 More than 1 year ago
the story seems sluggish in the beginning, but it goes better and answers the question why there are more parts of this book. ANyway, this was a better read than artemis fowl. I'm sure the book won't disappoint anyone at all. Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the world. No questions. I pre ordered Scarlet and bought the first five chapters. IT IS FREAKING AMAZING. The full book comes out February 5, 2013. Cress comes out 2014 and Winter comes out 2015. There is also a prequel to Cinder called Glitches, and a prequel to Scarlet called The Queen's Army. Both are really good ;) GET THEM ALL! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ranked with (or even higher- gasp 0_0) Hunger Games as my favorite books! My favorite character is probably either Kai or Dr. Erland :) Unfortunately, I have to wait a whole year now just to get the sequel! ARGH If you are debating whether to get this book or not, definetly get it. It will be worth it.
Nicollee More than 1 year ago
After i read the description of Cinder i was like hey this would be a good read.... i was a little disappointed. i felt that the story was slow at some point and some of the information that the author were giving the reader felt short. since this is just the first book of the series im going to not be to judgmental and give my full review when i have read the whole series. so with further a do i will say that Cinder was a unique book that felt short in some ways but you guys should read it and see what you think:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. This is one of the first nook books I found that I couldn't put down until I finished the story and I immediately searched for a sequel. I enjoyed every second of this read; the story of the main character Cinder will draw you into a story full of adventure, romance, action, angst, and it comes together to make a compelling, addicting read. I never thought I could find a story based off of a fairytale interesting but this story was a pleasant surprise. I recommend this story to anyone looking for story that pulls on your heartstrings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on the first five chapters of this book. I can't wait until the book comes out! It is quite a different twist on the Cinderella tale. I wonder how the author will write about the famous Cinderella shoe (or, maybe in this case, her foot).