A clever reimagining of an oft-retold fairy tale: a cyborg Cinderella with too small feet? With an android fairy godmother? Cinder lives in the futuristic Eastern Commonwealth, working as a mechanic with her trusty android, Iko, by her side. When the handsome Crown Prince Kai visits her stall, Cinder gets pulled into a conspiracy involving the villainous Lunar Kingdom, the deadly plague that took her stepfather and stepsister, and a missing moon princess. Fresh and imaginative, this is one of the top debuts of 2012, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment.
— Laura, Pittsburgh
Cinder is a gripping and intense dystopian young adult novel whose main character is much more than how her fairy tale telling sets her out to be. This Cinderella retelling will submerge you into the city of New Beijing where revenge, suspense, political disputes, a deadly disease, and a touch of romance hide behind every corner. This electrifying twist on the original fairy tale will leave you wanting more.
— Skye, Chicago ORD
Winter 2012 Kids' Next List
“The story of Cinderella turned on its head and given a futuristic twist, Cinder is exciting, entertaining, and engaging. A plague is sweeping across Earth and there is no cure, the people of the Moon want to conquer Earth, and the annual Ball is coming in New Beijing. Suddenly, Cinder finds herself embroiled in all three events and she may hold the key to the future survival of Earth. This is the first volume of a planned quartet. I can't wait for the next book!”
— Ellen Richmond, Children's Book Cellar, Waterville, ME
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 naive 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.)