Say What #7 “Commonwealth”

Source: Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, page 73

Context: Resident of New Beijing, Eastern Commonwealth, Ward of Linh Adri.

In Their Words: 

a nation, state, or other political unit: such as
a one founded on law and united by compact or tacit agreement of the people for the common good
b one in which supreme authority is vested in the people
c republic
a the English state from the death of Charles I in 1649 to the Restoration in 1660
b protectorate 1b
4a state of the U.S. used officially of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
capitalized a federal union of constituent states used officially of Australia
often capitalized an association of self-governing autonomous states more or less loosely associated in a common allegiance (as to the British crown)
often capitalized a political unit having local autonomy but voluntarily united with the U.S.used officially of Puerto Rico and of the Northern Mariana Islands

In My Words: A designated area of nation or state

In Picture:

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Say What 2-6 “Prosthesis”

Source: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, page 70

Context: “His feet were bare, but skin grafting covered the prosthesis.

In Their Words: an artificial device to replace or augment a missing or impaired part of the body

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In My Words: A fake body part.

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Say What #2-5 “Gurney”

Source: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, page 57

Context: “Cinder wrapped her arms around herself and watched Peony lay down as she was carted away, curling up like a child on the Gurney.”

In Their Words: a flat, padded table or stretcher with legs and wheels, for transporting patients or bodies.

In My Words: A portable medical bed used for carrying people.

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Deep Thinkers #2-1

Source: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, page 57

Quote: “She wasn’t sick. She wasn’t going to die.

She wasn’t going with Peony.

“We will alert you via comm when Linh Peony enters the subsequent stages of the disease. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Cinder wrapped her arms around herself and watched Peony lay down as she was carted away, curling up like a child on the gurney.”

Context: Cinder’s sister Peony has been struck with a deadly futuristic disease and is being carted away to avoid breakout of others.

This Makes Me Think: Wouldn’t it be terrifying to be in either of these situations? Imagine your parents/siblings being toted away because of a disease, or even if you were the one being torn from society in fear that you will taint it.

Say What #2-4 “Cumberstone”

Source: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, page 42

Context: “Pulling the magbelt out from beneath the hover, she folded it at its hinges, forming a less cumberstone metal rod.”

In Their Words: 

1unwieldy because of heaviness and bulk 

  • cumbersome package

2slow-moving ponderous 

  • cumbersome administrative procedures
3: dialect burdensome, troublesome
In My Words: Something so heavy that you cannot pick up.
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Say What #2-3 “Bodice”

Source: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, page 35.

Context: “Iko rolled to Peony’s side as she pulled a velvet ribbon from her bodice, leftover trim from the seamstress.”

In Their Words:



a usually fitted vest or wide, lace-up girdle worn by women over a dress or blouse, especially a cross-laced, sleeveless outer garment covering the waist and bust, common in peasant dress.


the part of a woman’s dress covering the body between the neck or shoulders and the waist.

Compare waist (def 4).


Obsolete. stays or a corset.
In My Words: The top of a woman’s dress ranging from her chest to her waist on her torso.
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Say What #2-2 “Rural”

Source: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, page 16

Context: “No longer can we claim this disease is relegated to the poor, rural communities of our country.”

In Their Words: 



of, relating to, or characteristic of the country, country life, or country people; rustic:

rural tranquillity.


living in the country:

the rural population.


of or relating to agriculture:

rural economy.
In My Words: A sort of stereotyped low-class part of an area, related to things like farms.
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Say What #2-1 “Relegate”

Source: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, page 26.

Context: “No longer can we claim this disease is relegated to the poor, rural communities of our country.”

In Their Words: 


transitive verb
1to send into exile banish
2assign: such as
a to assign to a place of insignificance or of oblivion put out of sight or mind
b to assign to an appropriate place or situation on the basis of classification or appraisal
c to submit to someone or something for appropriate action delegate
d to transfer (a sports team) to a lower ranking division
In My Words: Relegate means to rid of or banish, or to remove placement.
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Secret Secrets

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I think that this whole thing is obviously an intense situation. I think all of the secrets involving Max being hidden are all in the right, considering so much was sacrificed to keep him alive. Hopefully, Leisel will take all of these secrets and grow up a little with them, and perhaps gain a little personality if she’s lucky. Then you have the secrets about reading in the library, and if she didn’t do that then we wouldn’t have a book at all, would we? I think the whole stealing with Rudy scenario is necessary, as it builds character in Leisel like lack of or more responsibility, and toughens her up perhaps. But, secrets are meant to be found out because it pushes the story along, so I don’t hold onto it too hard.

Book Review #1-3 “13 Reasons Why”

What I Read:

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Originally Published: October 18, 2007

Realistic Fiction

Page count: 288

4.8/5 Rating.


How It Starts:

Clay Jensen, a high school student, is shocked to find a shoe box filled with cassette tapes that tell the story, (13 to be exact), of how a classmate of his, Hannah Baker, committed suicide. She herself explains on the tapes that if you’re listening, you were one of the reasons why she did what she did.


How It Gets Complicated:

Clay finds very disturbing information about 10 of his classmates. Although not as quick as the TV show, unlike other participants of the tapes, he starts doing something about it, finding he was much more attached to Hannah than he let himself believe.


What I Liked:

This is obviously not the brightest stories of the bunch you could have read, but having not seen the TV show and it seeming interesting, I decided to read the book. I liked the book because it had a very real feel to it, all the characters felt real, and the story she told felt real. Now yes, it was really heavy to read because it is pretty sad but I think it’s very much worth reading because it helps put things in perspective, and I don’t think anyone shouldn’t read or watch something just because it holds a promise to make you sad.


What I Disliked:

Even though there’s small relevance, I’d like to bring up after reading the book then watching the entire TV series on Netflix, I liked the show better. This is something that is hard to visualize, and often it’s not hard to imagine why you wouldn’t want to, but the message really gets through better in the show I feel. I disliked the book itself very little still, but I had a hard time picturing pretty much anything. There was almost no details about any characters as far as physical attributes go, but there was scenic description.



I do not recommend this book if you get sad easily because I’d say it’s a fairly sad book. If you liked Fault in Our Stars, you might like this. I like this better, though, because it can’t be predicted even though you know what happened, you know nothing about how it did. I do recommend this book if you think that everyone in this day and age is a “Snowflake”, (A statement in which I agree with very often), and also if you like to think about the psychology of people and how their brain works. Also if you like to get SAD.