Marissa Meyer

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Android Term Analysis

An android is a robot with a human appearance. In the novel, Iko and Nainsi are androids.

Android Quotes in Cinder

The Cinder quotes below are all either spoken by Android or refer to Android. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Android Term Timeline in Cinder

The timeline below shows where the term Android appears in Cinder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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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... (full context)
Stereotypes and Discrimination Theme Icon mechanic in the city is a teenage girl. He asks her to fix his android Nainsi, which isn’t turning on anymore. She suggests that he get a new model, but... (full context)
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...take a week. Kai offers to come back the following weekend to pick up the android. As he leaves, he gives her a polite bow and an easy smile before pulling... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Suddenly, emergency androids arrive. Cinder directs them to Peony, and they ask if Cinder has had contact with... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Secrecy and Manipulation Theme Icon
An android unlatches the back of Cinder’s control panel and inserts two prongs there, scanning her brain.... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
...that she will try. Then, she watches as the life fades from Sacha’s eyes. An android comes over, pulls out a scalpel, and presses the blade into Sacha’s wrist, taking out... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Cinder then begins to examine Nainsi, and Iko notices a chip plugged into the android that looks very out of place. It’s a direct communication chip, which aren’t usually plugged... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...Erland lied to her about being a shell, or about being Lunar. Just then, an android approaches and asks her to follow it into the palace—Kai has requested a word with... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Resourcefulness, Kindness, and Perseverance Theme Icon
...out Peony’s ID chip—but before it can, she grabs the scalpel, jams it through the android’s sensor, and then takes Peony’s chip out herself. As Cinder leaves, she sees Sunto, Chang... (full context)