Cinder

by

Marissa Meyer

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Cinder/Princess Selene Character Analysis

Cinder is the protagonist of the novel. She is a 16-year-old cyborg (human/robot hybrid) mechanic who lives in the futuristic city of New Beijing, in the Eastern Commonwealth. Cinder was severely injured in a hover accident that killed her parents when she was 11 years old, causing her to need an operation that implanted a mechanical interface in her brain and gave her a prosthetic foot and hand. And man named Garan then adopted Cinder in Europe and brought her to the Eastern Commonwealth (a fictionalized version of Asia). Five years later, she lives with her stepmother Adri and stepsisters Pearl and Peony—Garan died of a recently emerged disease called letumosis shortly after returning. Cinder often faces discrimination as a cyborg, as many people, including Adri, believe that cyborgs are subhuman. Adri frequently verbally abuses Cinder, who has little power because Adri is her legal guardian. Cinder works in the market as a mechanic, but all the money she makes goes to Adri. But in spite of this cruelty, Cinder is extremely hard-working, determined, and kind. She befriends Prince Kai when he visits her booth to fix his android, Nainsi, and their budding friendship leads him to invite her to his coronation ball. When Adri volunteers Cinder for letumosis research and Dr. Erland discovers that she is immune to letumosis, Cinder continues to return to the lab in order to help find a cure for Peony, who falls ill with letumosis. Throughout the book, Dr. Erland also reveals key aspects about Cinder’s true identity that she never knew about: first, she’s actually Lunar (from the society on the moon) which is why she is immune to letumosis. Second, her cyborg operation put a lock on her Lunar “gift” (the ability to control others telepathically), making her impervious to its effects. Lastly, she is actually Princess Selene, Queen Levana’s niece and the true heir to the Lunar throne. At the end of the novel, Cinder puts her own life at risk when she goes to warn Prince Kai that the Lunar Queen Levana plans to kill him, because Cinder values his safety and wants to prevent Queen Levana from wreaking havoc on Earth. Cinder’s impulse to better society even at the cost of her own life affirm her as a true heroine.

Cinder/Princess Selene Quotes in Cinder

The Cinder quotes below are all either spoken by Cinder/Princess Selene or refer to Cinder/Princess Selene. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Feiwel and Friends edition of Cinder published in 2012.
Chapter 1 Quotes

“They say you’re the best mechanic in New Beijing. I was expecting an old man.”

“Do they?” she murmured.

He wasn’t the first to voice surprise. Most of her customers couldn’t fathom how a teenage girl could be the best mechanic in the city, and she never broadcast the reason for her talent. The fewer people who knew she was cyborg, the better. She was sure she’d go mad if all the market shopkeepers looked at her with the same disdain as Chang Sacha did.

Related Characters: Prince Kai (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Chang Sacha, Sunto
Related Symbols: Cinder’s Mechanical Foot
Page Number: 10
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Chapter 2 Quotes

Irritation hardened in Cinder’s gut. She might have pointed out that Pearl and Peony could have been given ready-made rather than custom dresses in order to budget for Cinder’s as well. She might have pointed out that they would only wear their dresses one time too. She might have pointed out that, as she was the one doing the work, the money should have been hers to spend as she saw fit. But all arguments would come to nothing. Legally, Cinder belonged to Adri as much as the household android and so too did her money, her few possessions, even the new foot she’d just attached. Adri loved to remind her of that.

Related Characters: Cinder/Princess Selene, Adri, Pearl, Peony, Iko
Related Symbols: Cinder’s Mechanical Foot
Page Number: 24
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The cyborg draft had been started by some royal research team a year ago. Every morning, a new ID number was drawn from the pool of so many thousand cyborgs who resided in the Eastern Commonwealth. Subjects had been carted in from provinces as far-reaching as Mumbai and Singapore to act as guinea pigs for the antidote testing. It was made out to be some sort of honor, giving your life for the good of humanity, but it was really just a reminder that cyborgs were not like everyone else. Many of them had been given a second chance at life by the generous hand of scientists and therefore owed their very existence to those who had created them. They were lucky to have lived this long, many thought. It’s only right that they should be the first to give up their lives in search for the cure.

Page Number: 28
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Lunars were a society that had evolved from an Earthen moon colony centuries ago, but they weren’t human anymore. People said Lunars could alter a person’s brain—make you see things you shouldn’t see, feel things you shouldn’t feel, do things you didn’t want to do. Their unnatural power had made them a greedy and violent race, and Queen Levana was the worst of all of them.

Page Number: 43
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“I’m not sure I would label it a ‘survivor,’” said Iko, her sensor darkening with disgust. “It looks more like a rotting pumpkin.”

Cinder shut the hood with a bang, sending an impressive dust cloud over the android. “What was that about having a fantastic imagination? With some attention and a good cleaning, it could be restored to its former glory.”

Related Characters: Iko (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Peony, Adri
Page Number: 47
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“No, we’re talking about her daughter. Kai, the entire bloodline, every last one of them has been greedy, violent, corrupted by their own power. It’s in their blood. Believe me when I say that Princess Selene, even if she were alive, would be no better.”

Kai realized his arms were aching from squeezing them so hard, his skin gone white around his fingertips. “She can’t very well be worse,” he said. “And who knows? If the rumors are right, and she has been on Earth all this time, maybe she would be different. Maybe she would be sympathetic to us.”

Related Characters: Konn Torin (speaker), Prince Kai (speaker), Emperor Rikan, Cinder/Princess Selene, Queen Levana
Page Number: 114
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Chapter 15 Quotes

And maybe she’d been right to do it. Maybe it was Cinder’s duty as a cyborg to sacrifice herself so all the normal humans could be cured. Maybe it did make sense to use the ones who had already been tampered with. But Cinder knew she would never forgive Adri for it. The woman was supposed to be the one to protect her, to help her. If Adri and Pearl were her only family left, she would be better off alone.

Related Characters: Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Adri, Peony
Page Number: 131
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Chapter 19 Quotes

“It is why Queen Levana is so striking to look at. Some talented Lunars, such as the queen, keep their glamour up all the time. But just as she cannot trick the netscreens, neither can she trick a mirror.”

“So they don’t like mirrors because they don’t want to see themselves?”

“Vanity is a factor but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

Related Characters: Dr. Erland (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Queen Levana, Sybil Mira, Prince Kai
Related Symbols: Mirrors
Page Number: 172
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Chapter 20 Quotes

She was indeed beautiful, as if someone had taken the scientific measurements of perfection and used them to mold a single ideal specimen. Her face was slightly heart-shaped, with high cheekbones barely flushed. Auburn hair fell in silken ringlets to her waist and her unblemished ivory skin shimmered like mother-of-pearl in the sunshine. Her lips were red red red, looking like she’d just drunk a pint of blood.

A chill shook Kai from the inside out. She was unnatural.

Page Number: 183
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Chapter 24 Quotes

Instead of kissing her, he whispered, “Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would. you do?”

The warm air enclosed her. So close, she could catch a faint soapy smell coming from him.

His eyes bored into hers, waiting, a tinge desperate.

Cinder wet her mouth. “Ruin my life to save a million others? It’s not much of a choice.”

His lips parted—she had no choice but to look at them and then immediately back into his eyes. She could almost count the black lashes around them. But then a sadness filtered into his gaze.

“You’re right. There’s no real choice.”

Related Characters: Prince Kai (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Queen Levana, Nainsi, Dr. Erland, Peony
Page Number: 223
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Chapter 25 Quotes

Squinting, she jutted a finger at the doctor. “You did use your mind control on me. When we met. You…you brainwashed me, just like the queen. You made me trust you.”

“Be fair. You were attacking me with a wrench.”

Her anger wavered.

Dr. Erland opened his palms to her, “I assure you, Miss Linh, in the twelve years that I have been on Earth, I have not abused the gift once, and I am paying the price for that decision every day. My mental stability, my psychological health, my very senses are failing me because l refuse to manipulate the thoughts and feelings of those around me. Not all Lunars can be trusted—I know that as well as anyone—but you can trust me.”

Related Characters: Dr. Erland (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Queen Levana, Prince Kai
Page Number: 241-242
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“Because she was a shell.” He picked his hat off the desk and analyzed it while he spoke, his fingers tracing the herringbone pattern. “I’d agreed with the laws in the past, thought the shells were dangerous. That our society would fall apart if they were allowed to live. But not my little girl.” An ironic smile twisted up his lips. “After she was born, I wanted to run away, to bring her to Earth, but my wife was even more devoted to Her Majesty than I had been. She wanted nothing to do with the child. And so my little Crescent Moon was taken away, like all the others. He stuffed the hat back onto his head and squinted up at Cinder. “She would be about your age now.”

Related Characters: Dr. Erland (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene, Queen Levana
Page Number: 245
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Chapter 32 Quotes

Levana knew he had been searching for Princess Selene. She would kill him. She would take over the Commonwealth. She would wage war on…on the whole planet.

She grasped her head as the world spun around her.

She had to warn him. She couldn’t let him make the announcement.

She could send him a comm, but what were the chances he was checking them during the ball?

The ball.

Cinder peered down at her drab clothes. Her empty ankle. Peony’s dress. The old foot that Iko had saved. The silk gloves. Her head bobbed before she knew what she was agreeing to, and she used the shelves to pull herself to standing. “I’ll go,” she muttered, “I’ll find him.”

Related Characters: Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Prince Kai, Queen Levana, Iko, Peony, Adri
Related Symbols: Cinder’s Mechanical Foot
Page Number: 323
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Chapter 35 Quotes

Dropping his hand, Kai met Konn Torin’s gaze, his eyes hollow. “I know,” he said. “I will do what is best for them.”

Cinder gathered up the material of her skirt in both hands, hope stirring inside of her. He understood her warnings. He understood the mistake he would be making if he agreed to marry Levana. She had succeeded.

But then he turned toward her, and the hope shattered at seeing the helplessness etched in deep lines across his brow.

“Thank you for warning me, Cinder. At least I won’t be going into this blindly.”

Related Characters: Prince Kai (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene, Queen Levana, Konn Torin
Page Number: 347
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Chapter 36 Quotes

On the fifth step, she heard the bolts snap. The wires tore loose, like tendons stretched to the max. She felt the loss of power at the base of her calf, sending a blinding warning signal up to her brain.

She fell, screaming, and tried to block her fall with her left hand. A shock of pain jolted up her shoulder and into her spine. Metal clattered against stone as she crashed down to the gravel pathway. […]

His eyes drunk her in—a gleam of metal fingers, the wires sparking at the end of her battered metal leg. His jaw fell, and he looked momentarily as if he might be sick.

Related Symbols: Cinder’s Mechanical Foot
Page Number: 365-366
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“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.

Related Characters: Prince Kai (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker)
Related Symbols: Cinder’s Mechanical Foot
Page Number: 367
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 38 Quotes

Releasing the new prosthesis, Cinder covered her ears and buried her face against her knee. The draft. All those cyborgs. So many people convinced that it was the right thing. That it was better them than humans. Once a science project, always a science project.

And he’d only wanted to find her.

Page Number: 382
Explanation and Analysis:

If she didn’t try to stop Levana, what would happen to Kai? Though she tried to block out the question, it continued to plague her, echoing in her thoughts.
Maybe Dr. Erland was right. Maybe she had to run. Maybe she had to try.

She felt for the prosthetic limbs in her lap and wrapped her hands around them. Lifting her head, she looked up at the grate in the prison door. The guard had never closed it.

A tingle passed down her spine. A strange new electricity was thrumming beneath her skin, telling her she wasn’t just a cyborg anymore. She was Lunar now. She could make people see things that weren’t there. Feel things they shouldn’t feel. Do things they didn’t mean to do.

Page Number: 386
Explanation and Analysis:

As her hands stopped shaking, she slid the stiletto knife out from the new titanium-plated finger and maneuvered the blade against her wrist. The cut was still fresh where she’d started to remove her ID chip before, so they would not be able to track her. This time, there was no hesitation.

Soon, the whole world would be searching for her—Linh Cinder.

A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.

A Lunar with a stolen identity.

A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go. But they would be looking for a ghost.

Related Symbols: Cinder’s Mechanical Foot
Page Number: 387
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Cinder/Princess Selene Character Timeline in Cinder

The timeline below shows where the character Cinder/Princess Selene appears in Cinder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is waiting for her android Iko to come back with a new foot for her—the... (full context)
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Just then, a young man arrives in Cinder’s booth, and the retina display in Cinder’s eye identifies him as Prince Kai, the crown... (full context)
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At that moment, Iko returns with a new steel-plated foot for Cinder, but Cinder pushes her to the back of the booth before Iko can reveal that... (full context)
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After Kai leaves, Iko fawns over the prince. Cinder is excited to tell her stepsister Peony about his visit, as she loves the prince.... (full context)
Chapter 2
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After the sirens fade, Cinder opens the door to her booth and watches as men in gas masks burn Chang... (full context)
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Cinder scans into her apartment building with the ID chip embedded her wrist and descends to... (full context)
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Cinder tells Adri that she’ll get cleaned up and ready for her dress fitting. When Adri... (full context)
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...of people have fallen ill and died since. This includes Adri’s husband Garan, who adopted Cinder from Europe when she was 11 years old. Cinder has very few memories of the... (full context)
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When the press conference ends, Pearl suggests that Cinder volunteer for cyborg plague testing. A year earlier, the cyborg draft was created: the government... (full context)
Chapter 3
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As Cinder works in her basement, Iko is excited by the prospect that Cinder might go to... (full context)
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At that moment, Peony comes into the basement in her dress, and Cinder compliments her. Peony complains that Adri isn’t getting a dress for Cinder, but Cinder tries... (full context)
Chapter 4
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As Cinder, Iko, and Peony walk to the junkyard, Cinder tells Peony about Prince Kai’s visit to... (full context)
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After retrieving the magbelt, Cinder replaces her wrench inside her prosthetic foot’s calf compartment. Cinder and Iko then look for... (full context)
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...niece Princess Selene (the only threat to the throne) by setting fire to her nursery. Cinder doesn’t think Prince Kai could ever marry Levana, or any Lunar. (full context)
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Cinder and Iko discover an old orange gasoline car that hasn’t been used since the second... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Realizing that she has letumosis, Peony begins to scream, telling Cinder to back away so that Cinder doesn’t get the disease. Cinder checks her own skin,... (full context)
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Suddenly, emergency androids arrive. Cinder directs them to Peony, and they ask if Cinder has had contact with Peony in... (full context)
Chapter 6
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As Cinder and Iko walk home from the junkyard, Cinder feels nauseous knowing that Peony is already... (full context)
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Adri then informs Cinder that she never wanted to adopt—Garan was the one who took Cinder in. Upset, Adri... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...a volunteer—a teenage girl. Erland grows excited and immediately goes to the room in which Cinder is being held. She is unconscious and fastened to the table. (full context)
Chapter 8
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Cinder dreams about the night of her surgery; she feels as though she is on fire... (full context)
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An android unlatches the back of Cinder’s control panel and inserts two prongs there, scanning her brain. There’s no pain, but she... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Li reports to Dr. Erland that Cinder’s condition has stabilized, and that they can expect signs of stage two the following morning.... (full context)
Chapter 10
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A med-droid wheels Cinder into another room, releases her from the table, and leaves. Cinder sits up and puts... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Dr. Erland shows Cinder what is unusual about her biometrics: the letumosis microbes have disappeared. He tells her that... (full context)
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Dr. Erland tells Cinder that with her help, they could save hundreds of thousands of lives. They could also... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Kai also notes that there have been rumors that Princess Selene is still alive—if this is true, he could marry the true Lunar heir. Torin points... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Dr. Erland tells Cinder that she’s got some of the most complex technology he’s ever seen in a cyborg.... (full context)
Chapter 14
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As Cinder starts to wake up, Dr. Erland assures her that she’s going to be all right.... (full context)
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Kai helps Cinder to her feet and asks what she’s doing there. Dr. Erland lies again and says... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Cinder heads out of the palace’s research wing. She knows she has to return home to... (full context)
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Cinder storms off, meeting up with a stunned Iko in the hall and heading down to... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Cinder wakes up after spending all night pushing the old car from the junkyard to the... (full context)
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...lined up in the facility, with med-droids moving between them to deliver food and water. Cinder finds Peony asleep, shivering and sweating. Peony wakes and begs Cinder to take her home,... (full context)
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Cinder promises Peony to return as soon as she can. As she turns to leave, she... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Cinder leaves the facility and returns to the research wing of the palace. When she gets... (full context)
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When Kai and Cinder reach Dr. Erland’s office, Kai asks about the progress, but Dr. Erland again assures him... (full context)
Chapter 19
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After Kai leaves, Cinder turns back to Dr. Erland. She tells him that she visited the quarantines and saw... (full context)
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Cinder also asks Dr. Erland about the Lunars’ glamour. He explains that it’s the ability to... (full context)
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Dr. Erland asks why Cinder is so interested in the Lunars, and Cinder replies that Kai said Queen Levana is... (full context)
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Cinder is horrified at these revelations: Lunars are cruel people, and she does not want to... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Two days later, Cinder is at her workspace again. She’s been spending all night working on the car, leaving... (full context)
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Cinder then begins to examine Nainsi, and Iko notices a chip plugged into the android that... (full context)
Chapter 22
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As Cinder travels back to the palace, she remembers Dr. Erland’s warnings about Queen Levana, but she... (full context)
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Suddenly, the crowd stops chanting, and Queen Levana appears on the balcony. Cinder starts to back away, until she realizes that Queen Levana is warm, welcoming, and generous.... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...duplicate it; he does not want to become a “puppet.” He then asks Nainsi why Cinder isn’t with her. When Nainsi replies that Cinder is likely waiting outside, Kai goes to... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Cinder crouches against the palace wall, confused as to why Levana’s glamour affected her the same... (full context)
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Cinder explains that someone implanted a chip in Nainsi, and that the person who installed likely... (full context)
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Kai then pivots, saying that he thinks Cinder should go to the ball with him. When Cinder asks why her, he says he... (full context)
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Kai returns the conversation to Levana—he’s worried that he’s going to destroy the country. Cinder assures him that he’ll be a great emperor. As she starts to protest that they... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Kai brings Cinder into Dr. Erland’s office and informs him of Cinder’s pain, but she assures them both... (full context)
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After Kai leaves, Dr. Erland angrily asks what Cinder is doing at the palace, because Queen Levana might see her. Cinder says that she... (full context)
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Cinder then asks why people touching her causes her to pass out. Dr. Erland explains that... (full context)
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Cinder asks if Kai knows that Dr. Erland is a Lunar, and he says no. He... (full context)
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Cinder then asks Dr. Erland if he’s immune to letumosis, and he says yes—that this is... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Cinder races to the quarantines as fast as she can and finds Peony, whose whole body... (full context)
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Cinder sees a med-droid coming to take out Peony’s ID chip—but before it can, she grabs... (full context)
Chapter 29
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When Cinder returns home, she’s furious that Adri had her arrested like a common criminal. Adri asks... (full context)
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Adri tells Cinder that she isn’t a part of this family—she’s not even human, she can’t even cry.... (full context)
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Cinder leaves, furious, but she can’t do anything about it. She legally belongs to Adri. She... (full context)
Chapter 30
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On the day of the ball, Cinder sits in her booth as Adri and Pearl shop for some last-minute accessories in the... (full context)
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Kai appears suddenly, wondering why Cinder hasn’t been answering his messages. When she says that she’s been busy, Kai pulls out... (full context)
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Kai asks again if Cinder all right—she hasn’t even stood up. Covering for her missing foot, Cinder says that she’s... (full context)
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Kai pushes the box toward Cinder and says that he wanted her to have what’s inside for the ball. Hopefully, she’ll... (full context)
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...fit for a princess. Pearl starts to laugh, realizing that Kai must not know that Cinder is a cyborg. Pearl says that if he knew the truth, he would never have... (full context)
Chapter 31
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After the market closes, Cinder limps home, grateful that she only has one more night in the apartment. As Pearl... (full context)
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Just then, Adri comes in and commands Cinder to wash their hover during Prince Kai’s coronation. As Cinder does so, she watches some... (full context)
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...takes to ensure the well-being of his country. As the camera pans to Queen Levana, Cinder notes her smug expression. (full context)
Chapter 32
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After Adri and Pearl leave for the ball, Cinder returns to the apartment to pack. She tucks Peony’s ID chip and Iko’s personality chip... (full context)
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Cinder then takes a knife out, planning to cut her ID chip out of her wrist... (full context)
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...is going to try to kill Kai and then brainwash the Earthens into following her. Cinder realizes that she has to warn Kai—she knows he’s likely going to announce his intent... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Cinder quickly pulls on the dress, the gloves, and installs her 11-year-old-size foot before putting on... (full context)
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Cinder runs over to the palace’s double doors and walks without letting anyone stop her, willing... (full context)
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When the music ends, Kai and Levana separate, and Cinder thinks that this is her chance. But then she notices Pearl approach Kai. Suddenly, a... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Hundreds of faces turn towards Cinder, taking in her damp hair and muddy dress. Kai’s jaw drops, and Cinder feels guilty... (full context)
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Before Cinder reaches Kai, Adri confronts Cinder about Peony’s dress, and Pearl glares at her for stealing... (full context)
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Kai guides Cinder through the dance as she tries not to limp on her small foot. Cinder apologizes... (full context)
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Cinder pushes away her disappointment and explains that she came to tell Kai something: he can’t... (full context)
Chapter 35
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After Cinder’s revelation, Kai tells Cinder sadly that he has to marry Levana, even though he knows... (full context)
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A guard grabs Cinder, but Kai protests, saying that Cinder isn’t Lunar. Warnings flash on Cinders retina display as... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Queen Levana tells Kai that Cinder can live if he marries her, and Cinder pleads with him not to agree to... (full context)
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Suddenly, Cinder gasps as she starts to see pasts Queen Levana’s glamour—she isn’t beautiful at all. Levana... (full context)
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Cinder crumples and doubles over—she feels like she’s on fire. Her glove begins to melt away... (full context)
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Sybil and Levana join Kai on the balcony, commenting that Cinder isn’t a shell after all. Kai sneaks down the stairs, a look of disgust on... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Cinder is sitting in a prison cell, replaying the first time that Kai visited her booth.... (full context)
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Dr. Erland then explains that he wants Cinder to come to Africa with him. He gives her a new metal hand and metal... (full context)
Chapter 38
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Cinder shocked to learn that she’s Queen Levana’s niece, but she knows that Dr. Erland is... (full context)
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Cinder asks if Queen Levana knows who she is, and Dr. Erland says that Levana likely... (full context)
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Cinder feels a strange electricity course through her as she realizes that she is finally in... (full context)