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Summary

The first instalment of The Lunar Chronicles - a futuristic reenvisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl....

Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

This is not the fairy tale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

©2012 Marissa Meyer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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beautiful <3

Stayed up all night to finish it 😍😍 love the narration and the story is amazing. So glad i picked it up <3 <3

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Good but...

The reading of this book is amazing. The story on the whole is good but at times they fixate on weird point and it comes up again and again. It is a perfect book for a teenager or an easy listen. Not bad but with a bit more could have been great. Still worth a listen.

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Interesting concept but needed better editing

I liked the concept but the main character is far too self absorbed and the plot twists are far too obvious.

The narrator does well to bring out the positives in the main character but her accents are cringeworthy and I am left feeling that this book could have been so much better.

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Great take

This is a great take on a classic. A great start to the next three books. Some plots are perdictable. But still worth the listen. Off to get book two.

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Addictive

The characters drew me in from the beginning. A little predictable but still utterly charming

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Modern twist on an old fairy tale ish....

I liked this book, it was nicely fast paced and the interesting concepts. Modern or even futuristic spin on Cinderella tale , I'd be intrigued to see what's next for Cinder et al.

I'd like to hear more from this author and narrator

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Excellent return to Cinderella, but with a twist

Never has Cinder(ella) been such a badass. Not in any book that I've ever read anyway.

A cyborg with mad mechanical genius, she was a refreshing move away from the modern daintiness often reserved for female characters in retellings and reimaginings as people struggle to avoid the usual damsel in distress tropes. Her stepmother was the perfect blend of selfishness and blasé cruelty, and her stepsisters... well, they both broke my hearts in different ways. Her Prince Charming? I loved Kai on so many levels. He was unproblematic; caring and interested, without being overbearing or overwhelming.

The Lunars gave a whole new element to the story and they were mesmerising in their own, devious way throughout.

I loved this story, and I only wish I'd read it sooner.

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Love love love

I’ve read this before and I loved hearing it now as much as I read it then. It’s my favorite series. Rebecca Soler does an amazing job with reading it and the accents she puts on for the different characters never fail to make me all that much more interested in what’s happening.

Brilliant. 👌🏻👌🏻

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a great story

a great story that had me excited for the next in the series. not your simple cinderella the depth of the story and the level of action is really well written.

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Predictable but with an unfinished ending

If your happy to work your way through the long series go for it but I for one will not be doing so.
I was expecting a more contained story for each fairytale chariot per book. rather than introducing one, allowing another to pop up for a few lines, then just the story just stops, just as things start picking up pace. Very frustrating!
The predictability of the storyline and chariot development sits on the line of comfort/not having the think to hard and frustration. If another book comes up in a sale Ill give it a try but won't waist a credit/ pay full price for any of them.
A really interesting concept and as a teen-read its ok but could have been so much better as a stand alone book within a series.

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  • 20-07-19

Amazed!!

This book was truly an amazing listen. I was recommended to this collection by my friend and so far I am amazed. Now it's on to the second one!

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  • 22-05-18

Predictable but fun

For a long time I wasn’t keen on reading this book (as I’m not a sci-fi fan) but I had read so many good reviews on the Lunar Chronicles that I decided to give it a try. At first the book was hard to get into but after 2 hours of listening, I was sold. The narrator did an amazing job with the characters especially Iko. I really liked the protagonist “Cinder” and root for her enough to follow her story in the sequel.

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new version

I love this version of Cinderella. I was hesitant to get it due to I'm not the biggest fan of Cinderella. But this book is worth buying!