February 6, 2017

Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer | ReviewCinder on January 3, 2012
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.
But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

Since I’ve had the Lunar Chronicles series on my shelves for the longest time, I figured that it was time that I finally picked up and read the series. I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer years ago when it was first released so this was a reread for me. The first time that I read it, I gave it five stars. That changed for me during the reread, and here’s why.

what i liked

  • It’s a retelling of Cinderella! Cinderella is my all time favorite princess, so I was really looking forward to reading about her.
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  • There’s a science fiction twist! I love sci-fi things, so that really made me like this book more.
  • PRINCE KAI. He was so completely lovable and dreamy, probably because he’s a prince. But also, he can look past everything about Cinder, which I really admired.
  • Cinder was part cyborg! I’ve never read a book about cyborgs before.
  • THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT LIVE ON THE MOON. If only that actually could happen and people could live on the moon now! Except the moon people in this world are called Lunars and they are horrible people, *cough cough* Queen Levana.
  • The plague. I know that’s a horrible thing to like, but I just find it very interesting, especially when you find out what brought the plague to the people in the first place.

what i disliked

  • The book seemed a little slow at times. To be honest, it took me a little while to get into it. I started out listening to it on audiobook, though I found myself zoning out a bit and thinking about other stuff, so I decided to switch over to my physical copy which helped a little bit. I still found it a little meh at times though.

Obviously I had way more pros than cons for this book. I give it a four star rating because I am definitely looking forward to moving on with the rest of the series!

Have you read Cinder by Marissa Meyer? What were your thoughts?

  1. I really enjoyed Cinder and the rest of the series. I get that it took a while to get into and was a little slow though. Glad you still liked it. Great review!

  2. I've had Cinder (and Scarlet and Cress) sitting on my shelf for so long. Seeing your review makes me want to *finally* pick it up and dive into the series.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  3. Amber Elise says:

    Prince Kai is sooo swoony, I swear! <3 Queen Levana is soo interesting, I hope you get to read Fairest soon!

  4. anna says:

    I absolutely adore the Lunar Chronicles! And I'm glad you enjoyed Cinder. Trust me, this series just keeps getting better and better.

    anna | annaish

  5. You need to read the moon queen novella Fairest. I think it's one of Meyer's best works yet. Read the series so you can get to it. And yes Cinder has some slow pacing issues. Four stars sounds completely fair and I LOVE Cinderella.

  6. Oooh, I hope you keep reading the series! I LOVED Cinder, but in hindsight, it was one of the WEAKEST books in the series. I DO hope you enjoy the rest! 😀

    ~ Michelle @ FaerieFits

  7. Kelly says:

    The Lunar Chronicles are such a fun series, and Cinder and Kai remain my favourite characters through the whole thing! It's so interesting as an adaption, just seeing how the old fairy tales were translated into a the futuristic setting.

  8. One of my favourite series!
    I agree that this one had its slower moments as well.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

  9. Rissi says:

    This is one book I *still* haven't read. Clearly, I have some serious "book issues" because of this. Glad to read you enjoyed it despite the few flaws. 🙂

  10. Prince Kai…total swoon! I think my favourite character in the book was Iko! I'm always a fan of androids in sci-fi. I hope you enjoy Scarlet too Krystianna, I liked it more than Cinder personally! 🙂

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