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As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel & Friends, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780312641894
Branch Call Number: TEEN MEY
Teen fiction - Series L PBK
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,22 cm.


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List - Fractured Fairy Tales
misskleber Jan 15, 2014

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, is a gifted mechanic and cyborg, who becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai.
Fractured Fairy-tale: Cinderella.

If Cinderella was based in a dystiopian world this would be the right tale. With a few subtle similarities but with enough differences it manages to be a tale all of its own. Also available as an eBook, audiobook CD and downloadable audiobook.

Fun fact: my NaNoWriMo novel from 2011 was also a Cinderella retelling. Much like Cinderella awaits her Prince Charming, I'm still waiting for publication...

Summer is the best time to let your imagination run wild, and Cinder is the perfect fairy tale to get your summer dreaming started.

Although I've recommended this title before, I couldn't not include it as it was the inspiration behind this list. So forgive me for the repeat, but it was truly unavoidable (plus, it means that I really do recommend this book!). In Cinder, Cinderella is a cyborg... yes you read that right, a cyb... Read More »

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Oct 13, 2018

Everyone on the planet should read this book, I have read it four times and will recommend it till the day I die. It is a beautiful blend of sci-fi and fantastic. Marrissa Meyer is a goddess of romance and owns my soul. This book made me cry on multiple occasions

Aug 24, 2018

I have a soft spot for fairytales, so naturally I had to pick this one up.

I rather enjoyed the book, it held my interest much more than Anna and the King. It was pretty fast paced, set in a futuristic time in a place called New Beijing, where the characters have Asian names....but that's about it. There's not much information and background provided about New Beijing besides some descriptions about the buildings and what not. Cinder and Prince Kai seem very stereotypical in their roles as the main characters. Prince Kai is the kind and considerate prince, trying to do the best for his people. Cinder is a typical love sick teenage girl (even though she is cyborg her emoticons are totally human).

While the bulk of the storyline is fairly predictable (pretty much guessed Cinder's background right off the bat), as are some of the characters (step sisters, prince, etc), it is however still entertaining. I very much look forward to reading the other books to see what happens and hopefully there is more character and site development

Aug 24, 2018

One of the best things about this series is the fact that the author did not go for the "girl with multiple guys after her" strategy that is so over done. The writing is on point and makes it hard to put the books down. I bought the series after reading "Cinder" and I loved every one of the books. It is killer how the author subtly references the original fairy tales. I still love vampire books but I now love cyborgs!

Jul 26, 2018

Inspired by every little girl's favourite movie, Cinder is an exciting novel about a girl who looks like any other girl, but she is in fact a cyborg. Just like Cinderella, Cinder is mistreated by her step mother, who she is serving for. Her step sister becomes sick, and Cinder is blamed for it, but an inquisitive doctor may have discovered something special about Cinder, that can help cure sister. Along with that, throughout the book Cinder starts to gain a bond with Prince Kai, who every girl in the town melts over. Overall, I would rate this book a three out of five stars. I think it was very well written and the plot was interesting as it had me reading the book all in one sitting. Anyone who enjoys read young adult fiction, and science fiction would enjoy this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
- @BetweenTheLines of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Cinder was an amazing book. It was a surprising twist on a classic fairytale, but I wouldn’t say it had all that much to do with the original. I loved how it was set in the future, with cyborgs, androids, and lunars. (Human resembling aliens.) The characters names and personalities were very interesting, but in a good way. Rating: 5/5
- @IVYBooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 18, 2018

This book was quite well written, if you like a sci-fi--fairy tale mashup. In spite of the differences in genre, it is still compatible and has plenty of suspenseful moments, action, and a hint of romance.

Jun 05, 2018

If you have not read this, listen to me. READ IT NOW!!! I can't describe it as 'good', this was beyond amazing! beautifully written and the story is crazy awesome!! Couldn't put it down if I tried. Also if it's unclear to anyone, the book after is Scarlet. That one is a blast as well and continues the story of Cinder. After Scarlet is Cress (then Fairest but that one can be skipped) and then Winter. If you're still really into these books, there is also Stars Above, a collection of short stories the go with the books.

So read Cinder! It's amazing! Read it NOW!!!

May 18, 2018

When I read this in grade 5 I couldn't understand it cuz reasons,but when I read this in grade 6 it was lit (:

May 11, 2018

not a huge fan of cyborgs and it don't think i liked how it followed cinderella's story although it was intentionally written that way

ArapahoeAlice Mar 19, 2018

A terrific retelling of Cinderella. The familiar parts of the story are that Cinder is an orphan with a nasty stepmother and two stepsisters, and there's a handsome prince and an upcoming ball. But the author's imagination takes off on steriods. Cinder is a dynamic, courageous cyborg with a robot companion, and she's a master mechanic. There's a horrible plague sweeping the kingdom and a powerful Lunar queen who's even creepier than Cinder's stepmother. Enjoyed the depth of the characters as much as the plot.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 15, 2018

Cinder is a beautiful re-telling of Cinderella set in the futuristic world of New Beijing with humans, cyborgs and lunar people that reside on the moon with otherworldly powers of control.

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Mar 02, 2018

"Do you think shes seen him in the nude?!"- IKO

Feb 03, 2018

"She briefly wished she did have some sort of magic so she could shoot a bolt of lightning through his head."

Aug 30, 2016

“That you prefer to rule through fear rather than justice? So sorry, Your Majesty, I’m afraid I already knew that about you.”

Aug 30, 2016

“Right,' said Kai, 'that'll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I'll get right on that.”

Aug 30, 2016

“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.”

Aug 30, 2016

“I know this is stupid, but part of me felt like if I could come see you today, if I could convince you to go with me tonight, then maybe I could still change things. It's dumb, I know. It's not like Levana cares if I, you know, might have actual feelings for someone.”

Aug 30, 2016

“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”

Aug 30, 2016

“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client--and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.”

Aug 30, 2016

“Soon, the whole world would be searching for her--Linh Cinder.
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A Lunar with a stolen identity.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they will be looking for a ghost.”

Aug 30, 2016

“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”

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cmlibrary_jcurrie Feb 24, 2018

Cinder lives on Earth with her adopted stepmother and stepsisters. She is known as a cyborg which is part-machine and part human. She is ignored by society and treated horribly by her family. Cinder is expected to do all the chores and make all of the money for the household. She is known as a whiz mechanic and during one of her workdays, she meets Prince Kai. She begins to see Prince Kai regularly and starts to fall in love with him. She knows it will never work because he is a prince and has duties and obligations to the Commonwealth. There is an outbreak of a deadly disease and it is becoming more widespread. Prince Kai is worried about the plague outbreak and confides in Cinder that he must marry the Queen of Luna to save his people. Cinder learns that the Queen plans to kill Kai after the wedding and goes to the ball to warn him of her murderous plan.

Feb 03, 2018

Set in futuristic New Beijing, whose streets are threatened by the plague, Cinder, a cyborg, lives with her wicked stepfamily in this twist of the classic tale Cinderella. Cinder is a mechanic who is sent in for testing where she discovers a secret about herself. Cinder meets the dashing Prince Kai and finds that she might be the key to saving the world as it is, while at the same time attempting to hide her growing feelings for her newfound companion. A gripping tale of romance, discovery, adventure, and of course, saving the world.

Aug 30, 2016

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic working at the marketplace in New Beijing. When her younger stepsister catches lutumosis, Cinder discovers secrets from her past that while have a greater affect on the world than she will ever imagine.

Jun 20, 2016

Cinder is a cyborg who likes to keep her identity secret. After a day in the market and a letumosis outbreak from her sister peony, she finds herself ready to be tested on. She soon finds out that she is a lunar and even later that she is princess selene

Aug 21, 2015

Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing where a deadly plague called letumosis is claiming thousands of people across the city. The book opens with Cinder's meeting with Prince Kai when he visits her full-service mechanic stall in New Beijing's weekly market. The rest of the book is dedicated to Cinder and Kai's developing relationship as well as their search for a letumosis cure.

Jun 27, 2015

Linh Cinder, a cyborg girl, is a gifted mechani. Her work is highly respected, but she is not. The people of New Beijing, (where she lives) are prejudiced to cyborgs. One day, as Cinder is in her workshop, a customer arrives and tosses a broken android onto Cinder's table. She knows who it is immediately, Prince Kai of the Eastern Commonwealth.

Jun 21, 2015

Cinder is a cyborg and a mechanic. Her life is ruled by her step family except for the one step sister who is always kind to her. Her life is turned around when her sister catches the plague and the prince comes to her shop, for her to repair is bot.

Jun 23, 2014

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.

Jun 22, 2014

Cinder is really just Cinderella with a Sci-Fi/Steam punk kind of twist. It involves techy droids, the plauge, future sci-fi, and fairy tales all twisted together for a unique spin!

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Linh Cinder is a hardworking mechanic in New Beijing, but it's hard to get ahead when you have no legal rights. Because Cinder is a cyborg, she is considered the property of her bitter stepmother, who takes Cinder's earnings for her own daughters. A chance encounter with the prince, and a chance encounter with the plague, change Cinder's life forever, plunging her into a world of political intrigue. The Queen of the Moon wants to control the Earth, and somehow, she holds the secret of Cinder's forgotten past.

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Dec 06, 2013

Other: Warining. this book is full of sci-fyi, fantsy, and awsome. When you encounter it, read it at all costs. hs some fighting that makes it a good book. Dont read two chapters and sy its not good.

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