December 29, 2011

Cinder: More Then A Retelling by Marissa Meyer (Guest Post)

I am very pleased to welcome, Marissa Meyer to The Non Reluctant Reader, Marissa is the author of the fabulous debut novel, Cinder!
Here's a little bit about Cinder:
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. 

And here's a little bit about Marissa:
Marissa MeyerI live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancĂ© and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg. 

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.

Cinder: More Than a Retelling
By Marissa Meyer

When Benji asked if I could write a guest blog post for The Non-Reluctant Reader talking about the main difference between the fairy tale “Cinderella” and my debut novel, Cinder, it was easy to jump to the obvious: Cinder is set in the far-future. A world in which hover cars and androids are the norm, and Earth has been conglomerated down into six peaceful nations, and people conduct business by scanning the identity chips in their wrists.

And it is a big difference, this futuristic world, as compared to one with magic and fairy godmothers and a pumpkin carriage—although those iconic things are still represented in the book.

But I don’t think setting Cinderella hundreds of years in the future makes for the biggest difference between the classic tale and my novel. Rather, I think the biggest difference is its scope.

In the tale you have a beginning, a middle, and an end. A Happily Ever After, even.

But Cinder is the first in a four-book series, so while there is a beginning and a middle and an end, it is not the ending that readers will be used to from the beloved tale, and there is very little Happily Ever After-ing. The book is also filled with hints for what’s to come next—new evils and dangers and risks our heroine must take, new mysteries to uncover, new battles to fight and companions to side with. Attentive readers will catch allusions to the three tales that will make up the rest of The Lunar Chronicles dropped down in the middle of this Cinderella retellings—Little Red Riding Hood (Book Two: Scarlet), Rapunzel (Book Three: Cress), and Snow White (Book Four: Winter).

So yes, changing the settings and filling it with technology and an otherworldly villain do make Cinder a very different story from the fairy tale we grew up with.

But those things pale in comparison to the overall plan, which began with four familiar tales and has since developed into a story of its own.

And this fairy tale has only just begun.

Marissa Meyer’s first novel, CINDER: Book One of The Lunar Chronicles, can be ordered at, Amazon, or your local bookstore. Follow Marissa on Twitter (@marissa_meyer) or become a fan at


  1. I loved Cinder! And that's a great guest post! I hope she comes down to Portland Oregon for a signing cause I sure would love to have a signed copy of this amazing book!

  2. I really want to read this book.

  3. I received this book for review from Net Galley, loved it!!!

  4. Been thinking about this book. I just recieved it from the publisher for review. Did you do a review on this book?
    Stop by and say hi sometime

  5. Great guest post! I have heard a lot about this one, thinking it might go on my to-be-read list.

  6. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! I can't believe each book is going to be a, well, a kind of a re telling of a fairy tale. In a very loose sort of way. Great guest post!


  7. This book has been on my wishlist for awhile now. Thanks for the review, now I really want to read it!

  8. oooh its part of a 4 book series? this sounds totally interesting and I'm ordering it today!! :D great review :D

    - Juhina

  9. I'm still waiting to read this one! Great review.


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