Cinder

by

Marissa Meyer

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Iko Character Analysis

Iko is Cinder’s android and her best friend. Iko has a faulty personality chip, which makes her seem much more human than most androids. She assists Cinder in her mechanic booth and helps Cinder fix up the car that she plans to use to escape Adri. But when Adri discovers that Cinder has spent a lot of money on a new foot, Adri sells Iko for parts to make back some of the money.

Iko Quotes in Cinder

The Cinder quotes below are all either spoken by Iko or refer to Iko. 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:
Bravery and Sacrifice Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Feiwel and Friends edition of Cinder published in 2012.
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
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 4 Quotes

“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
Explanation and Analysis:
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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Iko Character Timeline in Cinder

The timeline below shows where the character Iko appears in Cinder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Stereotypes and Discrimination Theme Icon
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is waiting for her android Iko to come back with a new foot for her—the metal foot that she currently has... (full context)
Secrecy and Manipulation Theme Icon
At that moment, Iko returns with a new steel-plated foot for Cinder, but Cinder pushes her to the back... (full context)
Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
After Kai leaves, Iko fawns over the prince. Cinder is excited to tell her stepsister Peony about his visit,... (full context)
Chapter 2
Bravery and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...masks burn Chang Sacha’s booth to the ground. Hoping to avoid the men, Cinder and Iko sneak out with Nainsi and take back alleys out of the market. Cinder runs back... (full context)
Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
...Cinder, so they’ll have to choose one or the other—or they could sell Cinder and Iko off for spare parts. (full context)
Chapter 3
Stereotypes and Discrimination Theme Icon
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
As Cinder works in her basement, Iko is excited by the prospect that Cinder might go to the ball. But Cinder tells... (full context)
Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
...that she doesn’t want to go to the ball. Cinder tells Peony that she and Iko are off to find a magbelt in a nearby junkyard, and Peony says that she... (full context)
Chapter 4
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
As Cinder, Iko, and Peony walk to the junkyard, Cinder tells Peony about Prince Kai’s visit to her... (full context)
Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
Stereotypes and Discrimination Theme Icon
...retrieving the magbelt, Cinder replaces her wrench inside her prosthetic foot’s calf compartment. Cinder and Iko then look for other hovers to scavenge, while Peony informs them that Prince Kai is... (full context)
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
Cinder and Iko discover an old orange gasoline car that hasn’t been used since the second era. Iko... (full context)
Chapter 6
Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
Stereotypes and Discrimination Theme Icon
As Cinder and Iko walk home from the junkyard, Cinder feels nauseous knowing that Peony is already dying. When... (full context)
Chapter 15
Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
...research wing. She knows she has to return home to fix Nainsi and to protect Iko, but she resolves to get away from Adri. When Cinder arrives at the apartment, Adri... (full context)
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
Cinder storms off, meeting up with a stunned Iko in the hall and heading down to the basement. She fills Iko in on everything... (full context)
Chapter 18
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
...to the ball. Kai asks if she’d reconsider, but Cinder is planning to escape with Iko on the night of the ball. She respectfully declines, and Kai tries to avoid looking... (full context)
Chapter 21
Secrecy and Manipulation Theme Icon
Cinder then begins to examine Nainsi, and Iko notices a chip plugged into the android that looks very out of place. It’s a... (full context)
Chapter 29
Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
Stereotypes and Discrimination Theme Icon
...and why she stole 600 univs on a new foot. Cinder realizes that Adri screened Iko’s memory and has been tracking her ID chip. Adri says that she’s sold off some... (full context)
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
...ready. In the bedroom, Cinder sees some of the useless parts that Adri couldn’t sell—including Iko’s personality chip. Cinder gives a dry, grateful sob. (full context)
Chapter 32
Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
...the ball, Cinder returns to the apartment to pack. She tucks Peony’s ID chip and Iko’s personality chip in her calf compartment before returning to the basement, where Peony’s gown is... (full context)