Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.

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age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 132 reviews

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age 12+

Super good series

This book has absolutely no language or "spicy" scenes. It's a great twisted on the typical princess stories. And as a mom of 4 teen/preteen girls I'm very peticular about what they read and/or watch. Very entertaining and clean

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age 8+

Why does this get 4 stars?

Cinder is just another take on Cinderella, that Disney movie where the helpless girl falls in love with Prince Charming, she has no backbone, and is pretty darn annoying. With cyborgs. Yes, you heard that right. Cyborgs. It's science fiction - and, granted, my review might be slightly judgmental mainly because I hate science fiction. Cinder, despite the author trying too hard to make her a role model, is annoying. The dialogue is so long, and I felt like nothing happened until the last page. As for the parent guide, if your kid is old enough to understand the word mechanics they can read this. Maybe because I read Looking for Alaska when I was 11, I thought this book was mild. WAY more tame than Twilight. I recall the most "controversial" line in this book, which was simply, "Flashing a sexy metal thigh." Really!? If you're going for suggestive, write a book like Looking for Alaska or The Fault in our Stars! I guess I expected too much about a book with cyborgs and Lunars (The people who live on the moon, naturally) and the "Earthings" but if you like science fiction, you'll love this. If you're like me and don't, I wouldn't recommend it.

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