Reviews for Cinder

AudioFile Reviews 2012 April
This retelling of the classic fairy tale "Cinderella" features Cinder, a cyborg who is also a well-known mechanic in New Bejing. Rebecca Soler gives Cinder an even, mature voice while giving her android assistant more robotic tones. When the kingdom is threatened by a plague, Cinder becomes aware of her true heritage and allies herself with Prince Kai, who is differentiated with a lower-pitched voice. They join forces at the ball to keep the kingdom safe from the Lunar Queen, a malevolent ruler with a sugary sweet voice. Soler ably handles all the terminology of their dystopian world and brings this futuristic version of "Cinderella" to life, leaving the listener to wonder if dreams really do come true in the next three books of this series. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 June

Gr 9 Up--The Earth of the future is beset by a plague and under threat of invasion by the Lunar people, residents of the moon. Teenage cyborg, Linh Cinder, is despised by her stepmother and forced to work as a mechanic to provide an income for her guardian and stepsisters. Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing and her skills are sought by Prince Kai to fix his personal android and recover the important data the machine possesses. Her life is irrevocably altered when her younger stepsister contracts the deadly letumosis and Cinder is sent by her stepmother as a "volunteer" for plague research, a fate no other cyborg has survived. Yet survive she does, and the implications of her unique physiology will have far-reaching consequences for the commonwealth and, possibly, the planet. Marissa Meyer's debut novel (Feiwel & Friends, 2012), the first in a planned quartet, presents a retelling of Cinderella with all the recognizable elements woven into this original, futuristic story. Narrator Rebecca Soler captures the determination and independence that make Cinder a compelling character despite the predictability of her true identity. Though not without flaws, the story will keep listeners engaged and awaiting the subsequent titles--Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

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