Friday, December 21, 2012

Cinder (Review)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Book: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 387
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.
I had some serious doubts going into this book. Usually when a book is extremely hyped I find myself not liking it as much as everybody else. I am honestly glad to say that this was not the case with Cinder. Everything from the character development and the setting to the plot totally blew me away. I read this book in about 3 days and hated every time I had to put this one down.
When I first heard what this book was about I was a little skeptical, a retelling of Cinderella where she's a cyborg? It turns out that the author has a talent for taking classic fairy tales and reinventing them.
I loved Cinder. She was a fantastic character. She was well developed and had some sense and wasn't afraid to kick butt or stand up for what she believed in. When put with her Android friend Iko I found myself laughing at times and others just had me in tears. Then we have Prince Kai, who becomes the love interest even though it's denied for a while Cinder just can't resist his charms. I absolutely despised Cinder's stepmother Adri and her stepsister Pearl. They were the horrible characters much like the ones in the original tale, the only difference was that the other stepsister, Peony, was kind to Cinder and was her friend.
The setting of this book was fantastic. It's the world we all know but in the future. This takes place in Asia and all of the separate Asian countries have united to create the Eastern Commonwealth. I love how the author took time to describe things from the hovers that are used for transportation all the way to how the buildings are crammed together to house a large population.
This book completely blew me away. If you haven't read it yet I suggest you pick it up you will not regret it. I will be not-so-patiently waiting for the next installment in this series!


  1. Oooh, I really did love this one too! What I loved about Kai and Cinder's relationship was that it didn't really just jump out at the reader. It's something that was gradual, and it didn't really happen until the end of the book, so it was really what made the book for me. I also really loved the New Beijing setting, and that Cinder was a cyborg. It totally makes the book, don't you think? Anywho, I think that I've rambled enough for today. Great review, Sarah!

    Megan@The Book Babe

    1. I totally agree! If Cinder and Kai just fell in love in the beginning I probably would have screamed and hated the book...the setting and the fact that Cinder is a cyborg is just perfect

  2. I heard good things about this before discovering this blog... But after reading this review I think I NEED this book! Hopefully I'll get some money/book vouchers for Christmas! :) Oh, and if you have time, could you possibly check out my ya book blog?
    ~ Ruby @

    1. Definitely get it if you get the chance! It's definitely one of my top 2012 books. And sure I'll check out your blog ^_^