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BOOKMOBILE Discussion Post: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

It's time to chat about CINDER by Marissa Meyer. Please visit the comments section to add your own thoughts to the discussion.

What did you think about the New Beijing setting? Were you swept away in the forbidden romance between Cinder and Kai?
What are your thoughts about Meyer's fresh take on the Cinderella story?
Say what you like about plot, because spoiler warnings are in effect!

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  1. I thought there was a lot to like in this novel! The take on Conderella was intriguing, with the bones of the story retained but everything else feeling new and fresh. Cinder is spunky and brave, and the setting is so good! The complex world, based on countries we don't see as much of in YA, pulled me in right away. And I loved the war with the moon plot line. You?

  2. There was so much going on in this book: the discrimination against cyborgs, the plague, the war with the moon, the missing Lunar princess...and Marissa made it look so easy to fit that all in!

    Also, Kai was totally swoon-worthy, mostly because his charm was balanced out by how much he cared about taking care of his people. I think he'll eventually get over the shock of finding out that Cinder is a Lunar cyborg. I'm cheering for him and Cinder, for sure.

    Definitely can't wait for the next one!

  3. I loved this book and just reviewed it on my blog. The day after I finished it, I found out Marissa Meyer was coming to St. Louis as part of the Fierce Reads tour, so I got to go see her speak as well. She said each book will be based on a different fairy tale. The next one is Little Red Riding Hood. In Cinder, I loved the way she threw in little touches like the car being the color of a pumpkin and the stepmom and stepsister tearing apart her dress at the ball. So fun!

  4. I literally just finished this book and reviewed it on my blog I love it so much :) I completely agree with Stephanie about how well Marissa made all the plot line weave together. I am so excited for the next book. And I think it's really neat how she is keeping Cinder in the every book even though they jump to different fairy tale stories. I can't wait to see how she ties that in together and introduces the new characters and leading ladies.

  5. I definately liked this book (and suggested it to my 14year old cousin).but I think there are things that could have been a little more magical. The setting for example. The politics of the world were interesting but I didn't really feel the city. I don't have a clear picture like I would have liked.

    But in the end I loved the connection with sailor moon and am VERY excited for the next books!

    This was written from my phone, so sorry if there are any typos!

  6. An excellent story! I really enjoyed CINDER, for many of the reasons already given. I especially appreciated the complete lack of "insta-love"--though it's obvious there's attraction there. And, though it might frustrate some, I'm glad the romantic situation *wasn't* resolved at the end! I have high hopes for the rest of the series. Great job, Marissa!!

    1. I agree! I love a good slow-burning romance. More realistic than insta-love and more tense, too.

  7. I wasn't really planning on reading this book, but then I saw Marissa Meyer's webinar on WriteOnCon and decided to give it a try anyway. And I'm glad I did, because I really enjoyed it! Some of the futuristic/sci-fi stuff was kind of confusing, but a really interesting story. And I did NOT see the big twist coming at the end...felt kind of stupid. But oh well. Now I definitely have to read the next book.

  8. Cinder taught me that I'm less generous than my friend. My friend gave Marissa Meyer's book to me for my birthday, saying, "This is an awesome story!" and "Of course, you can keep it."

    One week later, I gave Cinder to another friend saying, "This is an awesome read! Give it back when you're done!" Three months passed. I hunted the friend down: "Are you done yet?!"

    My friend's reaction: "AH!!! You're scary! Yes!! Here you go."


  9. I enjoyed this also! I also reviewed it on my blog.

    Love sci-fi, so that part was easy.

    Interesting that each one will be a different fairy tale...I wondered how she'd keep the Cinderella theme going...I guess she won't have to.


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Item Reviewed: BOOKMOBILE Discussion Post: CINDER by Marissa Meyer Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kristin Halbrook