Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Review

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer | ReviewCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3, 2012
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 390
Format: ARC
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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.

(Last Updated On: June 13, 2022)

Cover Review:

The cover is alright. I like how they showed the cyborg leg with the red glass slipper.

Story line:

This is a twist on a classic fairy tale, Cinderella. This story is about a girl named Cinder, who works in her own little mechanic booth. She lives in New Beijing with her sisters and stepmother.

She doesn’t know who her parents are or where she came from… until now. She finds out some things that she didn’t expect, especially once the Lunar Queen comes and tries to get Prince Kai to propose.

In New Beijing, Kai is the prince. His father ends up being a victim of the plague, and he ends up dying. This means that Kai is going to be the new king soon. He must find someone to rule the city with. He can’t do it all alone.

One day while working at her booth, Prince Kai comes by and asks Cinder to fix up his android. She agrees, and Prince Kai and Cinder begin to see more and more of each other.

Cinder goes home later and has to find something at the dump. Her little sister wants to come, and Cinder agrees. While at the dump, Cinder’s sister starts to show signs of the illness. Her sister gets sick and she is taken away. Cinder’s stepmother blames this all on Cinder, and Cinder starts to wonder if it was all her fault.

You see, that morning, another plague victim was also called on while she was in the market. They say that the plague is contagious, but somehow Cinder got it and passed it on to her sister without knowing.

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I really enjoyed this book and found my eyes glued to the pages at parts. Whenever I’d stop reading, I’d suddenly think, “I want to read more!”


I loved the characters. Cinder was a great character. She had no idea about her past, and I enjoyed finding out about it with her. Cinder is great with mechanics, and I got a little confused at parts with the mechanic talk.

I almost stopped reading because of it, but I’m glad that I didn’t. Prince Kai was also great. He came up at all the right places, and he was always so nice to Cinder. He definitely had a little crush on her. It was quite clear.

All in All:

I absolutely loved this book and would recommend that you read it. I can’t wait for Scarlet to come out next January!

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  1. It seems like everyone and their mother loved this book! Lol. I've got a copy on my shelf, and I can't wait to read it! Though it might be a little while…I've got quite a few books ahead of it in my to-read pile at the moment! Anyways…glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I totally loved this one! I absolutely cannot wait for Scarlet to come out… I think Marissa Meyer did a great job in Cinder putting a new spin on Cinderella even while still keeping to the general tropes of the story.

  3. I totally loved this one! I absolutely cannot wait for Scarlet to come out… I think Marissa Meyer did a great job in Cinder putting a new spin on Cinderella even while still keeping to the general tropes of the story.

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