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Review: Cinder

Hi everyone. I hope that you all had a good day. I finally managed to break my reading slump. Yay! This one was a particularly long one. I haven’t done much reading since I finished Fangirl in June. Each time I thought I had found the book that would end my reading dry spell, it turned out not to be the one after all.

I’m actually kind of surprised that Cinder was the book that managed to kickstart my inner bookworm again. I’ve heard great things about it through Bookstagram, and it is yet another series that I’m late discovering. However, I have to admit, it’s been on my TBR for a while, and for some reason I was a bit reluctant to start it. I wasn’t sure how I would enjoy the futuristic setting, after all, I am a history buff. Haha. I’m really glad I decided to go with it though, because it turned out to be just the kind of book I needed right now. You can find my full review below…


Name: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Gnere: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publication Date: 2012

Length: 387 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.14

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Favourite Character: Cinder

Favourite Quote: “Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time” (back cover)

My Thoughts:

As I mentioned above, I was initially hesitant to read Cinder. I love fairytale retellings, but science fiction is not really my forte. I was intrigued by the idea, but I wasn’t sure if I would like it. Actually, to be honest, and also to kind of embarrass myself by admitting this, prior to reading this book, I didn’t know what a cyborg was. I thought it was a type of robot or android. Luckily, I am now much more informed.

It doesn’t take long to get swept up in this book. It is interesting and original, which is saying something since fairytale retellings are becoming more and more popular. It is also quite fast paced. Meyer doesn’t waste time with odious amounts of description. Instead, she keeps the plot moving and her dialogue snappy.

My favourite character was Cinder. I have mild cerebral palsy, and tend to get stared at whenever I go out, and often wish I could change or hide it. So I found it easy to sympathize and identify with her problems as a cyborg. Often, I found myself thinking, “been there,” or “I know exactly how you feel.” As such, I was also somewhat grateful to Meyer for portraying her disability, for lack of a better word, so realistically. It is not often that main characters in literature have such physical limitations.

I enjoyed the other characters in the book as well. I liked that they had many facets to them, and did not always react to situations the way you assumed they would. I am also very intrigued by Levana and think that she is a very worthy antagonist.

Another thing that I liked about this book, is that while certain aspects are predictable, others are not. We all know the story of Cinderella, so there can be a tendency to assume that we know where the story is going. However, Meyer definitely has a few surprises in store for readers.

I gave the book a 4/5 rating. The one thing I will mention, is that while for the most part, I enjoyed the sassy dialogue, and it had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions; there were a few times however, that it seemed kind of choppy and over the top. One example I can think of is, “Now, is that the one where the dominatrix queen throws a tantrum and threatens war everytime she doesn’t get her way…” (pg. 248). I know what Meyer was going for, but for some reason this made me stop reading, it just seemed kind of out of place with the rest of the book. Those instances were few and far between though.


Overall, I found Cinder to be quite the entertaining read, so much so that I went out today and bought Scarlet so I can continue on with the story. I would definitely recommend that you give this one a try. Especially if you enjoy creative, original, fairytale retellings with a sic-fy twist, or if like me, you are curious about what a cyborg is. Haha.

I hope this review was helpful.

Thanks for stopping by,




4 thoughts on “Review: Cinder”

  1. Lovely review – I just read the series not long ago, and I had the same initial reactions (hesitant to read it, unsure of how the fairy tale spin-off would pull it off, etc.) but I can now safely say that it’s one of those series that gets better by each novel. One of the things I love the most are the characters. It’s not as noticeable in the first book as there’s only one storyline to follow, but as you go through the other books, other characters will join the wagon and they’re also as unique and relatable in their own ways.

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