Cinder // Review

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
No. of pages: 387, Paperback
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Date Read: April 24, 2018

  • First book in The Lunar Chronicles


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. (Goodreads)


I honestly don’t know why I’ve been sleeping on this series.Truly. I’ve talked to many people who have said this series was good. And really the only reason I picked up this series now was because of a subscription box and I wanted to know if I should get it (I’m not, but it’s not because I didn’t like the series). So, I’ve decided to binge Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Like, all of them including the new graphic novels set in this world of New Beijing.

Okay, but Cinder. Y’all I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. I did only give it a four because it was super interesting and kept me engaged, but it wasn’t something that I was like OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST. I think that the idea of cyborgs and humans living together in this Cinderella retelling was super refreshing. Most fairytales and princess stories kind of make it seem like they need a man to save them and they need to be dependent on others to survive. One thing I really like about this was that Cinder wasn’t portrayed as someone who couldn’t hold her own. She was the strong girl that even though she didn’t ask to be cyborg, she put with the crap that came with it, and never once lost who she was. Also, I really like the flip side to it that Kai is actually the one needs saving…. like…. the switch of the normal plot of super refreshing. Not. Gonna. Lie.


(but not really because it’s kind of obvious and this book is older…)

Being a retelling of Cinderella, we can already know or figure out that in some way Cinder was bound to be royal… but I honestly thought that she wasn’t going to be because of the Doctor’s storyline. Like I honestly thought she was going to be a shell.

The Doctor’s storyline was so well written and he was written in a light that he was always lying for her protection, and then BAM! Hey, actually your birth parents are lunar and royal and you’re actually the Queen in way. I was thrown.

I’m really excited for the next installments because I have this feeling that I’m just going to like these books more and more.

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