Review * Cinder by Marissa Meyer

September 24, 2012 Reviews 11 ★★★★

Review * Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicals #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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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.

What I Thought…

  • This is probably one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written. I had no intention of reading Cinder but I made a deal with Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase to read it, so I did. On one hand I really liked it, but on the other hand I didn’t like it at all. I kept changing how I felt about the book the whole way through.
  • First of all Marissa Meyer is a fantastic writer. I am not a science fiction fan at all and the ones that I do like are light enough on the science fiction that I can get past it. Cinder is pretty heavy on the science fiction part for me and despite my distaste for aliens, cyborgs, androids, etc Meyer really made me care about what happened and about the characters. Even though I know the aspects I didn’t like in the book aren’t going to go away I know that I will read Scarlet. Meyer is just that good.
  • Cinder is a fabulous retelling of Cinderella. It was written so well, so seamlessly, that this could have been the original. Sometimes with retellings the key points in the original can be left out or tossed into the story without it making much sense but that was not the case with Cinder.
  • I loved all of the characters, I can’t find fault with any of them. Cinder went through so much and then had not one, but two complete bombshells dropped on her (one of which I totally saw coming) and went through so much. I loved her sidekick Iko.
  • Cinder’s step mother (aka: owner) was a lot of words I won’t say here but she definitely fit into the roll. I could have smacked her, more than once.
  • Prince Kai had a lot on his plate in addition to his attraction to Cinder. I was slightly disappointed in that part of the book, but since there are 2 more books I’m not too worried about it.
  • I’m not a big fan of robots/cyborgs/androids etc, but with Meyer’s writing it was fairly easy for me to get past that.
  • It was not so easy for me to get past the alien aspect of the book. I realize that the Lunar’s aren’t regular aliens, but more of an evolutionized human (they have special qualities) but they come from the moon so… alien. It helped that they looked like humans, just with some special qualities, but there were times when the alienness was just too much for me.

Overall I enjoyed Cinder way more than I thought I would, so thanks Andrea!

Notable Quotes

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”



11 Responses to “Review * Cinder by Marissa Meyer”

  1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I’m glad you ended up liking it so much! I totally can see why you’d have issues with it, but I’m so glad that Meyer’s writing, plus the retelling aspects really helped you enjoy it despite the sci-fi aspects. Great review, Kim, and you’re welcome! :D

  2. Bittner

    The funny thing about this book is that I know I read it, I know I liked it, but I can only just barely remember it. I have no idea why that is. But I definitely plan on continuing the series so I will make sure to set aside some time next year to reread it. I’m glad you liked it.

  3. Christina

    Ha, I love science fiction, so I thought this book was super cool. It’s amazing that it got a four from you. I also gave it a four, though I can’t remember specifically what I didn’t like about it. Memory, why? I’m sure my review would tell me, but I’m so lazy!