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.
“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
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A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer's Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella
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.
“Rebecca Soler's sweet but firm voice conducts the listener through a fresh, quirky take on an old trope: reimagined fairytales…Overall, this is good fun, and provides encouragement for the next adventure.” —Locus
“Narrator Rebecca Soler captures the determination and independence that make Cinder a compelling character…the story will keep listeners engaged and awaiting the subsequent titles.” —School Library Journal
“The audiobook is delightful. Rebecca Soler brings all the characters to life with such distinct voices that it's like listening to a play. I was riveted. And here's the best part – the book is absolutely suitable for all ages.” —Record-Courier
“Soler's narrations, both confident and well paced, flow effortlessly. She masters major characters' voices…Soler is also very effective at quick transitions between accents in dialogue-heavy scenes. The combination of Soler's superb performance and Meyer's captivating storytelling creates a pair of tour-de-force audiobooks.” —Horn Book Magazine
“This was actually the first audiobook I ever listed to on my phone and I fell in love with the portability as well as Rebecca Soler's amazing narration…Rebecca reads Cinder perfectly.” —USA Today Happily Ever After Blog