Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Genre:  YA Fairy Tale Fantasy
Lunar Chronicles, Book 1

Description (taken from Marissa Meyer's website):
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.

We meet Cinder, a cyborg human, who's just trying to survive under her step-mother's watchful eye.  Her world is set in the future where people live on the moon and some people have robotic limbs.  And now a plague is beginning to ravage the town.  When Cinder's sister gets sick, she does everything she can to find a cure and save her sister.  And she happens to cross paths with powerful people, including the prince.  And when the Lunar princess comes to Earth, we see Cinder's world as she knew it begin to shatter and rebuild itself.

To put it simply, this book is a really cute story.  It's a happy retelling of Cinderella.  But I felt like there wasn't enough explanations to the whole cyborg concept.  It was excellent on building the story around a beautiful fantasy.  But I kind of felt torn.  It was too nice...

I found myself constantly rooting for Cinder when I was interested.  But the problem was keeping me interested throughout the whole book.  I might pick up the second, but I'm not sure.  I guess I feel like this book was a little too sweet for me.  I'd definitely hand this off to my little sister to read.

Challenges:  TBR Pile Challenge


  1. Yeah, I agree that this book was too sweet, but I still loved it, but what really got me hooked on the series was the sequel Scarlet, which was so amazing, I loved it more then Cinder, and now I'm dying for the next book, so I think that you should read the sequel, too. I know lots of people loved it more :)

  2. I've heard amazing things about this, still haven't got round to it but I will soon. I've got the first two in the series sitting on my bookshelf and everyone seems to enjoy them. Great review.

  3. I haven't read this but i've heard great reviews about this book/series so i might give this one a try. :)


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