Book Review – Cinder

Posted August 14, 2014 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review, Reading Challenge / 10 Comments

Book Review – CinderCinder Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
by Marissa Meyer
Published by MacMillan on January 3, 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 390
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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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.

My Review 4

I am so angry at myself for waiting so long to read Cinder! I LOVED this book!

I had never heard of this series until Cress was released earlier this year. So many people on Twitter were talking about this series so it made me curious. I bought a copy when Cinder was on sale but it still stayed on my TBR list. I finally read this for a COYER read-a-thon, Fairy Tales with a Twist theme. From the first chapter I was glued to this book! This is an amazing and fun story!

Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella but don’t think you’ll get bored with story. There is an evil Queen (but she is an alien) and a mean stepmother and stepsister (but Cinder has a loving relationship with a younger stepsister). And there is a handsome prince. But that is where the similarities stop. There is no fairy godmother to help Cinder. She does have some allies but Cinder is an intelligent and strong character that works hard to solve her problems. And marrying a man to take care of her isn’t a goal or the message of this book (unlike the classic tale). The futuristic world adds excitement and creativity to the story that kept me glued to the story. I stayed up past midnight to finish the book (even though I had to wake up at 4:30 am for work). I could not stop reading until I reached the end.

I was really impressed with Marissa Meyer and it is clear that she is a very talented writer. The story was creative, the characters were well developed and the pace was perfect (never a dull moment).  This is a must read for young adult fans.  And this was a great introduction for me into fairytale retellings. I really enjoyed how she took a classic tale and changed it into something new (and better). I can’t wait to read more from this series! 


Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer lives near Seattle with her husband and their three cats. She's a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf...) and will take any excuse to put on a costume. She may or may not be a cyborg.


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10 responses to “Book Review – Cinder

    • Kathy

      Thanks Tracy!! This was my first retelling so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t want a copycat of the classic tale so I was really surprised how creative and original the story was. I really loved it. Thanks for the warning on book 2. I have it but just haven’t started it yet. I think that’s the curse of the sequels or something lol. It’s hard to live up to the first book! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Kathy

      Thanks!! I get curious when there is a lot of hype for a book so I bought a copy when it was on sale. I’m really glad I took a chance!

  1. I’m so glad you liked this book, because the series is really amazing! I love the feminist aspects of Mayer’s writing; she just quietly gives all her major female characters agency, and none of them are defined by their relationships to guys. Oh, and the three main female characters so far (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress) are all very good at stereotypically “male” jobs – mechanic, pilot, and computer geek/hacker.

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    • Kathy

      Hi Lark! I love her writing too and I can’t wait to read the other books. Thanks for stopping by!!

    • Kathy

      I agree, I don’t have to wait for the next books to be released!! I plan to read the rest before Winter comes out. I hope your sister reads the book! I’m telling everyone about this series because it was such a nice surprise!

    • Kathy

      I hope you like it. This was a nice surprise and also a nice change from the adult contemporary I was reading. I finished it in 2 days because I couldn’t stop reading it =)