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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (43,731 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marissa Meyer Narrator: Rebecca Soler Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lunar Chronicles Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on Cinderella.”

    Seattle Times

  • “This series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future… Readers will return for the next installment in this sharp, futuristic ‘Cinderella’ tale.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The book will appeal to fans of twisted fairy tales, techno-thrillers, romance novels, and well-plotted suspense. Although the happy ending beckons, the story does not end with the final pages, a welcome promise that Cinder will return with more unimagined chapters in a story as old as time.”


  • “This futuristic twist on Cinderella retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But debut author Meyer’s brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension…[Cinder] unfolds with the magic of a fairy tale and the breakneck excitement of dystopian fiction. Meyer’s far-future Earth is richly imagined, full of prejudice and intrigue, characters easy to get invested in, and hints of what might await in future books.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A 2012 ALA Top Book for Teens Nominee
  • A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 2/17/2014

    " The beginning was not great. It didn't pull me in right away. I did get into it and stayed up too late many nights at the end. I can't say I loved it. I do want to read Scarlet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brooke Ivashkov | 2/12/2014

    " Amazingg... With a Capitol A(: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 2/4/2014

    " I will admit that I almost didn't make it through the beginning of this book - I got stick somewhere around page 40 but I am definitely glad I persevered! I let myself forget the fairy tale aspect if the book for most of it and focused on the real story. I wish I had a bit more resolution at the end or a peak into the next character in the series but alas I will have to acquire the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandie Kok | 2/4/2014

    " A very enjoyable retelling of the Cinderella story. Cinder is far more likeable than Disney's delicate Cinderella. I will definitely read the rest of the books in this series. "

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