Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyers

“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”



Page: 400

My Rating: 4.5/5

Release Date: 4th January 2012

Series: This is the first book in the four book series of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers

Issue: paperback, brought

My Thoughts:

This book is supposed to be a retelling of Cinderella, But set in the future and in Beijing. I think it is actually best to go into this book not expecting it to be like Cinderella. Yes it is meant to be a retelling but use that term very loosely. This is not the same fairy tale you remember. But it is one heck of a story.

The first time i picked up this book i put it back down after 70 pages. What a mistake. This book gets so much better as it goes on. And so does the rest of the series. This series is one of my favourites. In case your confused the book order for this series goes; Cinder, Scarlet, Cress,  (Fairest if you want), Winter. I haven’t read fairest yet.

This story follows a mechanic named Cinder. The best in New Beijing. Now Prince Kaito needs to have his android fix, and it is very important. Many secret documents on this android. When he meets Cinder he doesn’t realise she is a cyborg so he treats her like any other human, maybe even flirts. In fact he invites her to the ball.

But can she go? what would her step mother think?

At the same time in New Beijing (and the rest of the world) a major disease is spreading, i like to think of it as the plague but from the moon people.

There are small references throughout this book to the fairy tale you remember, like a pumpkin coloured car thingy, “shoe” falling off, the ball, step mother and sisters etc. But the story itself has changed. Yes there is a ball, but it does not end or start the way as expected. Cinder actually decides not to go. What changes her mind?

Cinder is a very strong independent woman and is also surprisingly nice seeing everyone in her life has treated has treated her like less than human. Cyborgs are treated terribly in this society, but Cinder won’t let that bother her.

I do not like Kai and Cinder together and i really can’t tell you why except for i just don’t like it. It is a bit of an insta love but that happened in the following books two and it didn’t bother me. But this one, i think i just don’t like Kai he bothers me.

apart from the fact it took me a while to get into this book it was very good. I love love love these covers.

What do you think? have you read this book? what do you think of Kai and Cinder?

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Goodreads description:

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.


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