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Digital Book Talk: Cinder

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melodie kwag

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Title & Book Cover
Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Cinder takes place in a futuristic setting (after World War III). In a place called "New Beijing," one of the countries a part of the Eastern Common Wealth.
When Cinder, Iko, and Peony are at a junk yard Peony is diagnosed with Letumosis (the Plague) and Cinder is taken to Dr. Erland to be examined
Dr. Erland sees that Cinder is in fact Lunar and warns her to stay out of Queen Levana's sight, but prior to that she had already been spotted
Prince Kai comes to ask Cinder to fix his android, Nainsi
Inside Nainsi Cinder discovers a Lunar D. Comm. chip (that caused Nainsi to crash)
Through the D. Comm. chip she finds a young girl on the other side warning Cinder about the things Queen Levana was planning on doing, so she goes to warn Prince Kai, to tell him to never agree on a marriage alliance
Cinder rushes to the festival taking place where Prince Kai figures out that Cinder's been a cyborg and Lunar all this time and begins to question himself
Eventually Cinder is sent to prison, where Dr. Erland comes to her explaining her past and her identity, Princess Selene
Dr. Erland tells Cinder she has to meet him in Africa and that she'll need to escape, so she takes out her ID chip with her mind set to escaping and saving not only the Eastern Commonwealth but all of planet Earth from Queen Levana
Dr. Erland
A Lunar that is living among Earthens
Royal Scientist
He informs Cinder about her background
He wants to find a cure for the Plague because millions of people have lost their lives to it
Assists Cinder enormously (e.g when Cinder was arrested)
Wants Cinder to come to him in Africa so that he can help Cinder and "train" her to be capable of defeating Queen Levana (maybe even kill her) and throw her off the throne
Old, short, has a bald spot
By Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles
"Do your kind even know what love is?
Can you feel anything at all?
Or is it just... programmed?"
Pg. 63 Par. 10
Even in the future, the story begins with
Once Upon a Time...
First notice...
The Title
Very unique
Looks robotic
"She was cyborg, and she would never go to the ball"
Pg.33 Par.5
"I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on."
Pg. 116 Par.4
I envisioned a futuristic model of Beijing today where technology has advanced greatly, with robots (almost) having a mind of their own and being considered a "normal" thing.
There are similarities between New Beijing and our society today (or recently). Such as there being alliances between countries, there being diseases/a disease that's been impacting/has impacted the world greatly (Us:Ebola The Eastern Common Wealth: The Plague).
The physical features of New Beijing are very modern and alike with our world. New Beijing consists of lots of shops, markets, buildings, roads, and people.

"Towering offices and shopping centers gradually melded with a messy assortment of apartment buildings, built so close that they became an unending stretch of glass and concrete. Apartment in this corner of the city had once been spacious and desirable but had been so subdivided and remodeled over time--always trying to cram more people into the same square footage--that the buildings had become labyrinths of corridors and stairwells."
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"The square was filled shoppers and hawkers, children, and noise...The netscreens that covered every building and filled the air with the chatter of advertisements, news reports, and gossip."
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Main protagonist
A 16 year old cyborg girl
A talented mechanic (works at the market)
Lives with her stepmother, Adri and stepsisters, Peony and Pearl
Queen Levana's niece, the "missing" Princess Selene
A Lunar, but she grew up believing she was an Earthen cyborg
Immune to the plague
Likes Prince Kai (they aren't official, and unsure about her own feelings)
Robotic foot, Robotic arm, Brown hair, a Boyish figure, 36.28% cyborg
Tomboy, Caring, Determined (to escape), Insecure (about her robot parts), Selfless
*May Contain Spoilers*
Queen Levana
Main antagonist
A mysterious character
The Queen of the Luna (rules the Lunars)
Wants to maintain her throne (so she attempted murder, murdered her sister Channary)
Wants a marriage alliance with Prince Kai so that she can rule Earth along with Luna
She and her Lunars were the cause of the Plague
She despises shells because they are immune to glamour
Glamour: Ivory skin, Perfect figure, red lips, Slightly heart shaped face, High cheek-bones, Auburn hair
Insecure, Greedy, Fearful, Resolute
Prince Kai
Emperor Rikan's son and heir to the throne (he became emperor when Emperor Rikan passed away due to the Plague)
Likes Cinder (but is unsure about his feelings once he finds out she is Lunar and cyborg)
Every girl (and andriod, e.g Iko) fan girl over him and describe him as the "man of their dreams"
Isn't the best at being emperor (young, no experience, under a lot of pressure)
Handsome,Tall (he had to bend down to be at Cinder's eye level)
Nervous, Selfless
"She was leaning against one of the columns that flanked the doorway to the gardens, holding a goblet of gold wine in one hand and pressing fingers of the other against her smiling red lips. Her figure was perfection. Her posture could not have been more poised had she been carved from the same stone as the pillar...The orange light blinked beside Cinder's vision. The Queen's glamour, the endless lie."
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An andriod but acts very human
(Like everyone else) She likes Prince Kai
(Most Likely) Female
Loves shoes, wears jewelry and makeup
One of two of Cinder's best friends
She was taken apart by Adri (while Cinder wasn't home)
Luckily, Cinder kept her personality chip in hopes to build a different android body or find a a new body for Iko
Cinder's stepsister and best friend
Unlike her older sister, Pearl she's kind and just like any other teenage girl
Stays up to date with all the latest gossip
Heads over heels for Prince Kai
Dreams of dancing with him at the festival
Unfortunately dies due to the Plague
Chestnut curls
Cinder's stepmother
Believes Cinder is the reason for her husband, Garan and her daughter, Peony's deaths
Despises Cinder claiming that she ruined the household
Treats Cinder like nothing
Uses Cinder's physical features (being cyborg) against her when she is mad or verbally trying to hurt her
Wants only the best for her daughters
"I know this is stupid, but part of me felt like if I could come see you today, if I could convince you to go with me tonight, then maybe I could still change things. It's dumb, I know. It's not like Levana cares if I, you know, might have actual feelings for someone."
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"Oh, my stars! Think about Prince Kai! You could dance with Prince Kai!" This made Cinder pause and squint into Iko's blinding light. "Why would the prince dance with me?"
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"Cinder could not read him, the ever-changing mix of disbelief and confusion and regret. His chest was heaving. He tried to speak before words would come, quiet words that would never leave Cinder's head. "Was it all an illusion?" he asked. Pain lanced through her chest, squeezing the air out of her. "Kai?" "Was it all in my head? A Lunar trick?" Her stomach twisted. "No." She shook her head, fervently. How to explain that she hadn't had the gift before? That she couldn't have used it against him? "I would never lie--" The words faded. She had lied. Everything he knew about her had been a lie. "I'm so sorry," she finished, the words falling lamely in the open air. Kai peeled his eyes away, finding some place of resignation off in the glistening garden, "You're even more painful to look at than she is."
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"Then my only mistake was in waiting too long to be rid of you," Adri said, running the washcloth between her fingers. "Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret."
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"They can manipulate it so that people see what the Lunar wishes them to see, and feel what the Lunar wishes them to feel. A glamour is what they call the illusion of themselves that they project into the minds of others."
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"It is perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you
beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth."
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"He sucked in a deep breath and faced Cinder. The expression made her uncomfortable--the look that suggested she was a china doll, easily shattered."
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Author Information
Marissa Meyer was born on February 19, 1984 (31 today). She currently lives with her husband and 3 cats (Calexandria Josephine, Stormus Enormus, Blackland Rockwell III). She loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, rewatching episodes of Firefly, and playing dress-up. She's been dreaming about becoming an author ever since she knew that such a job existed. She's been writing her whole life, from short stories to fan fictions. She attended Pacific Lutheran University where she sorted mail, carted tables and chairs, and took writing classes. Eventually, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Children's Literature. Because she wanted to work in the area of books she went on to Pace University and received a Master's degree in Publishing. After she graduated she worked as an editor in Seattle. Then one day, somebody decided to give her a book deal, which led up to her debut as a full-time author with the book, Cinder. Marissa Meyer has written other books (all a part of The Lunar Chronicles). Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, and she has a new book coming out later this year titled Winter.
By visualizing we're able to imagine what the character
look like
Also what the world might look like (especially since Cinder takes place in the future)
Even if you haven't read the book you can determine and have an idea about what things in Cinder look like according to the descriptions I mention in my presentation (and maybe that will encourage you to read not only Cinder but the whole series)
By visualizing it'll also give you (and I) a better insight to the story
"The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle."
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Asking Questions
Forces me to think and try to come up with an answer for myself and if not to go and discuss with someone (who has read the book) to try and figure out/come up with an answer
Makes me review what I've read to make an attempt at filling in the missing pieces
Makes me question what I know and don't, and when I (think) I don't know something it impels me to go and reread parts of the book
Allows you to really think about what you are reading, what you have read and have a better image about what the story might be about and what kind of plot it might contain
Review and Opinions
They still had a rough outline of the classic, Cinderella (enough for me to know that Cinder was based off of Cinderella) but it was still original and had lots of different twists
Made Cinder more powerful and as an independent girl where in Cinderella, Cinderella was "weak", couldn't help herself, and needed a prince to fulfill her happiness
Really like the sci-fi twist and how it took place in the future
Loved the idea of "Lunars" and "Luna" because it was unique, interesting and made me think

(Cinder's character built up throughout the story),
Facing reality
(Cinder has to face reality, she's Lunar, and on top of that Princess Selene),
(Lunars abuse their gifts and Queen Levana will do anything to maintain her spot on the throne and rule Earth)
Embrace who you are, love yourself, stand-up to what you know/believe is right, and learn to take responsibility for your role in this world
Recommend to who ever likes re-tellings of fairy tales (with twists), sci-fi, futuristic stories, with only a handful of romantic content
Her Foot/Leg
Has robotic bones
Yet there seems to be
human flesh
You can infer from the flesh and robot parts you see that she might be a cyborg
From the red heel the character is wearing you can infer that the main character is a female (named Cinder)
In my opinion the cover was effective. It effectively portrayed the story and also let somethings stand out from others (e.g the heel) It left the readers to ponder about what the story might be about and make several inferences based on only the cover.
It's just like any other ...
Except this time, the is a cyborg who doesn't need a to come to her rescue
Fairy Tale
Based on the tale of Cinderella
Has a sci-fi and futuristic twist to it

A somewhat normal teenage girl who happens to be cyborg (and a gifted mechanic) serves her "ever so-loving" evil stepmother and stepsisters (mainly the older one) and dreams about running away to Europe

All is great when she's ready to take off... until her best friend and younger stepsister is diagnosed with the Plague (Letumosis) and dies

Cinder learns that she actually has a very important role in the future of the world... and the moon
Digital Book Talk
By: Melodie Kwag
Is the main character actually a cyborg?
If the title is Cinder why is the character on the cover wearing a
heel and not a glass slipper?
Does the colour of the heel (red) have a significant meaning behind it?
How will Cinder relate to Cinderella?
Letumosis (The Plague/Blue Fever)
Started on Luna and was brought to Earth by them
Letumosis is Earth's "weakness"
Has killed millions upon billions of people
There are 4 stages
Stage 1: Patient is sent to the quarantines
Stage 2: Large patches in various shades of black and blue appear on their skin (its the first visible signs)
Stage 3: Patient gets very weak. Can barely speak, lift their head and sometimes has bloody coughs. Patches turn lighter and slightly turns red
Stage 4: Final, death stage. Skin becomes yellow. Nails are chipped. Quickest stage.
All 4 stages can be passed in less than 24 hours (Peony) or up to a week (Emperor Rikan)
"Letumosis. The blue fever. Worlwide pandemic. Hundreds of thousands dead. Unknown cause, unknown cure."
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"He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of her realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client -- and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade."
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