Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 400
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.




This was my first time reading Cinder and I LOVED IT! I’m so glad I joined #TLCReadAlong so that I could finally read The Lunar Chronicles series in anticipation for Winter’s release date (November 10, 2015). I can’t wait to read Scarlet this month. I gave Cinder 5 out of 5 stars.


I love read alongs which give me the chance to discuss with fellow readers. I also love fairy tales, so I jumped at the chance to do a read along for a fairy tale retelling of Cinderella. And Cinder was an amazing retelling.


The characters were awesome. I loved Cinder, Kai, Peony, Iko, etc. I haven’t read a ton of futuristic books, but I really enjoyed that aspect. There were some common elements to Cinderella, but this book definitely added its own spin to the story. I pretty much guessed the entire ending when I was 1/3 of the way through the book, but that didn’t ruin the book for me. I still really enjoyed reading because of the characters.


Some of the things I really enjoyed besides the characters: the cyborg aspect, the fact that it’s set in “China” or the Eastern Commonwealth as it’s called in the future, and how fast-paced and interesting the book was to read. I’m sure I could have finished it in a weekend if I didn’t have other obligations. My heart went out to Cinder as it has gone out to Cinderella. They both deserve much better than the family they’re stuck with. I did like that Marissa gave Cinder one stepsister who liked her. Peony was a great character, but I believe Iko was really Cinder’s best friend. Iko was so funny and entertaining. I couldn’t get enough of that android!


So let’s talk about Kai. Commence the swooning. I thought he was a great character, and I really adored all the scenes with him and Cinder. I felt myself getting butterflies and smiling along with her. He’s on my book boyfriend list, even though I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen in the upcoming books. I’ll just have to wait and see.


I was so engrossed in the book that I didn’t really keep track of my favorite lines, but there was one I really enjoyed and that I think displays Iko’s personality beautifully: “”Just think about the things she knows, the things she’s seen–” Iko’s voice sputtered. “Do you think she’s seen him in the nude?””


Final note: A truly awesome book to start off a series I can’t wait to finish. I will dive into Scarlet as soon as I can. Check out the series if you haven’t already. I’m positive you won’t regret it!

5 stars

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