Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder

Series Identifier: Lunar Chronicles, Book 1

Format: Book

Genre: [Leave or add all that apply, otherwise delete.]

  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Young Adult

Conversation Topic:

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  • Alcohol/substance abuse
  • Betrayal
  • Fear
  • Family
  • Feeling alone
  • Finding Oneself/Identity Development
  • Leadership
  • Love
  • Moral dilemma
  • Power struggle
  • Problem Solving
  • Standing up for others
  • Strong female role models
  • Standing up for oneself
  • Trust
  • Sacrifice for others

Relatable Experience:

  • Acceptance
  • Bullying
  • Coming Out
  • Death
  • Disability
  • Fighting
  • Foster Care/Adoption
  • Loss (other than death)
  • Single parent
  • Trauma

-Cinder’s insistence on hiding her being cyborg comes across very much like deciding to come out as LGBT.

-Cinder stands up for others, even though she is less worried about standing up for herself. She’s often surprised when others stand up for her and support her actions.

-Shows examples of choosing between the greater good and one’s own best interests.

-Shows how different people grieve the same loss in very different ways.

-Cinder is able to persevere and use her talents to problem solve even when she is physically handicapped.

-Book includes discussion questions at the end to dig deeper into the subject matter and issues brought up in the story.


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