December 9, 2015

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1

Publication: January 3, 2012 by Feiwel and Friends

Source: Purchased

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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My Thoughts:

I went into this pretty much knowing I was going to love it, and I totally did! It definitely lived up to the hype.

I am so fascinated by this world Meyer builds. It's futuristic and there's so much new technology and science. I didn't expect this story to have such a science fiction feel to it, but it was a pleasant surprise. I loved all of the explanation on how Cinder's cyborg body works along with figuring out what is up with this plague and all of the research they are doing on it. I am such a science nerd so these things really excited me.

The elements of Cinderella mixed in perfectly with this setting and storyline. I wasn't sure how those aspects would work, but it turned out great. I enjoyed picking up on the similarities to the Cinderella story, but also seeing how Meyer manipulated them and made them fit seamlessly into this new and unique story.

Cinder was a wonderful character to read about. I love her intelligence and strength. She would stand up for herself to her step-mother instead of shying away into her room. I love that she was willing to fight for what she wanted and did her best to evade her step-mother's control.
The side characters are awesome as well. Cinder has an android named Iko that I loved. She was so funny and helped lighten up the story. Of course Prince Kai, the love interest, was dreamy and charming. I can't wait to see what happens with him and Cinder. Then there's the villain, Queen Levana, who was absolutely horrible in the best way. I love a good villain.

My only complaint with this book is the predictability. I felt the plot was pretty easy to figure out and I was always one step ahead of the twists. However, even with this, I was never bored and the writing kept me invested. The story has a tense conclusion that had my heart pounding and I couldn't wait to continue on in this series.

I listened to a lot of this book on audiobook and I highly recommend it, the narrator is great!



  1. Great review! I just picked this book up and I'm so excited to read it!

  2. I loved this review!! I just finished reading it myself, and I absolutely loved it. I also just did a book talk on it as well so that's pretty cool.

  3. Great review Kassidy!I loved this book so much like you did.And your review was very interesting <3