Book Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

Posted January 29, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles,
Published by Macmillan on January 3rd 2012
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1466800119
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

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. 

The Good…:

What I liked most about Marissa Meyer’s retelling of the fairy tale, Cinderella, is that she set the story in the future, and made the heroine a cyborg. This science fiction aspect of this classic story made it read as a brand new story. Cinder is a strong character, even if she has been forced to live in a subordinate situation to that of her family. She is opinionated and brave. The next thing I liked about this story is how Cinder meets the prince. Yes, there’s a ball in the story, but I loved how Meyer built up Cinder’s relationship with the prince so it wasn’t your typical teen love at first sight story. Finally, I loved how the story ended.

Since Cinder is based on a classic story, I thought I knew how it would end right from the beginning. While many of my predictions were correct, the ending through me for a loop. At first I though Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles would be a character-centric series where each character’s main arc was resolved in their titular book (Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr, or The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward), while the character becomes a secondary figure in any subsequent novels. Instead, it appears Meyer may take her series in a different direction, and I can’t wait to see how she manages to integrate Cinder into the next novel.

The Bad…:

Since Cinder is based on a classic fairy tale, many aspects of the story were a bit predictable. Even a few bits that deviated from the “original” tale. This was disappointing as the setting, and other differences in this version should have prevented that from happening.

Do I Recommend?

Yes. Despite the predictable nature of most of the book, it was an enjoyable read. However, I honestly didn’t get really into the book until I was half of the way through to the climax. Still, I will read the next book in the series.


Rating Report
Overall: 4.4

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


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