Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CINDER: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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CINDER
The Lunar Chronicles
BY MARISSA MEYER

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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. 


PRAISE FOR CINDER:
“Author Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on Cinderella.” The Seattle Times
 
"Debut author Meyer ingeniously incorporates key elements of the fairy tale into this first series entry." --Horn Book Magazine 

“What they [readers] do not know until they begin turning the pages of this fable-turned-dystopian-science-fiction novel, is that Meyer’s embellishments create a spellbinding story of their own.”VOYA

"First in the Lunar Chronicles series, 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. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Fairy tales are becoming all the rage, with the TV shows Once Upon a Time and Grimm spinning them through a modern filter. The 26-year-old Meyer's debut novel Cinder, though, combines a classic folk tale with hints of The Terminator and Star Wars in the first book of The Lunar Chronicles young-adult series due out Jan. 3.” –USAToday.com

“Cinderella is a cyborg in this futuristic take on the fairy tale, the first book in Ms. Meyer's planned ‘Lunar Chronicles’ series.”
Wall Street Journal, in a round-up called “After Harry Potter: The Search for the Magic Formula”

“…this series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future.” Kirkus

 
“There’s a lot of moving parts in this fresh spin on “Cinderella,” the first in a four-book series.”Booklist

AN EXCERPT FROM CINDER:
Chapter 1

THE SCREW THROUGH CINDER'S ANKLE HAD RUSTED, THE engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one gritting twist after another. By the time it was extracted far enough for her to wrench free with her prosthetic steel hand, the hairline threads had been stripped clean.

Tossing the screwdriver onto the table, Cinder gripped her heel and yanked the foot from its socket. A spark singed her fingertips and she jerked away, leaving the foot to dangle from a tangle of red and yellow wires.

She slumped back with a relieved groan. A sense of release hovered at the end of those wires--freedom. Having loathed the too-small foot for four years, she swore to never put the piece of junk back on again. She just hoped Iko would be back soon with its replacement.

Cinder was the only full-service mechanic at New Beijing's weekly market. Without a sign, her booth hinted at her trade only by the shelves of stock android parts that crowded the walls.

To finish reading this excerpt of the first five chapters of CINDER, visit the Macmillan website HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MARISSA MEYER was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, home of Almond Roca and Stadium High School, which was made famous when Heath Ledger danced down the stadium steps in 10 Things I Hate About You. Marissa didn’t actually go to Stadium High School, but she did attend Pacific Lutheran University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband.Cinder is her YA debut.

MARISSA MEYER ON CINDER, WRITING, AND LEADING MEN:
Which of your characters is most like you?
I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no—I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naive side—things that could be said about me too—although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it.
Where do you write?
I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?
Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued.
The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?
Scarlet is awesome—she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)

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GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO MY GOOD FRIENDS
AT MACMILLAN, I HAVE ONE
COPY OF CINDER, TO GIVE AWAY
 
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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT CINDER THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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 GOOD LUCK!

92 comments:

Bethie said...

I love Cinderella! This is such a great twist on the original.

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This book is on my TBR list. I really like the idea of putting the cinderella story in the future. I really want to read this book.
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Gwendolyn B. said...

I'VE LOST MY COPY OF CINDER!!! I've been going crazy looking for it. I started reading the ARC on Sunday morning as my first read of the New Year, and now I can't find it. Is it mixed in with a pile of clothes? Reshelved by accident and hidden behind another stack of books? Somewhere under my bed? I just don't know, but I can tell you that I can't wait to get home from work so that I can tear my house apart looking for it -- it's GOOD! And I'm hooked.

No need to enter me for the contest -- YET!

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Uh, what don't I WANT from Cinder? Fairytale retelling? Check! Cyborgs? Check! Author I already love? Check! Awesome reviews? Check check check! It's got the perfect formula for me. :) onpeakhill(at)gmail(dot)com

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I tweeted it about here: https://twitter.com/#!/ouryounglives/status/154258094438875136

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I left a comment on Marissa's LJ here http://marissameyer.livejournal.com/268412.html?thread=1679484#t1679484

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Seems to have elements of Cinderella, making it very intriguing! Thanks!
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I have always loved the story of Cinderella and this author seems to write a very imaginative new story from the old one.

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I want to learn what secrets she will uncover from her past.
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OMG When I read: Cinder gripped her heel and yanked the foot from its socket. - I knew I had to read this book.

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I was very excited when I read on Marissa Meyer's Journal that Cinder is also on audio book.

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The fact that this is a fairy tale retelling is great, but the fact that it is sci-fi is awesome! It's such a unique idea!

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misskallie2000 said...

I fell in love with Cinderella when I was 6 or 7 (over 60 yrs ago)and she is still my fav of all times. I have watched the other movies about Cinderella and I would love to read Cinder and get the slant on her story.
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I checked out Ms. Meyer's Live Journal and she had her launch party in Tacoma, WA.

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I like the cyborg part mixed with the cinderella
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