Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

December 30, 2012 Review 15 ★★★½

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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Publisher: Macmillan
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 448
Release Date: January 8th 2013
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.

Cinder is our protagonist, our Cinderella. As if being verbally abused and treated as a slave like the original wasn’t enough, Cinder is a cyborg-meaning parts of her are robotic. This was a little disturbing and I would have disliked it had I not realized how much humanity Cinder has in her. She wants to be human. Cinder works as a mechanic-using the skills she has gained by taking care of her own parts.

I don’t know. I don’t actually remember anything from before the surgery.”
His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. “The cybernetic opetation?”
“No, the sex change.”
The doctor’s smile faltered.
“I’m joking.

    Kai, our male protagonist (love interest?) walks up to Cinder’s booth one day to fix his android that is more important than Cinder realizes. I really like Kai’s character, he is probably my favorite. Strong and willing to do anything for his kingdom, he is admirable yet kind. Definitely down to Earth (ha ha) Little does he know about Cinder, though.

Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?

    The antagonist, Queen Levana, is the queen of the Lunars, of the moon. The Earth and the Moon have been feuding and the two have been trying to make peace for decades. The Lunar people have powers to manipulate people and generally cause chaos. But they hold a very important bargaining chip, one vital to the survival of earth. But what price is too high?

 Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.

CINDER was a very … interesting read. It definitely is its own story. A cyborg Cinderella? I love retellings so I was pretty excited to read this because not only is it a retelling it has a unique twist. 

   But then I found out it tried to bring in some Sailor Moon aspects. I was even excited for this too, though doubtful. When I first started reading I enjoyed the story pretty well before the “Lunar” plot kicked in. I felt the story could have been strong enough without that. It almost was like too much was going on, the Lunar thing thrown in haphazardly. It is enjoyable though. The twist at the end was predictable but I might have only been disappointed because I had such high expectations after reading everyone’s glowing reviews.
   But I did really like it and will be reading the sequel. It was an excellent way to pass time.


Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

15 Responses to “Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer”

  1. Lily B

    sailor moon aspect? well thats amusing, thanks for the honest review. I been wanting to read this book due to the glowing reviews as well. I think I still will eventually :)

  2. Leigh Ann

    This book is on my TBR list. I’m glad you liked it, I’ll have to get around to it soon! I have 2 giveaways going on right now if you’d like to enter, just click the giveaways tab to check them out! (They only have 1 and 2 days left.) I hope you are having a fantastic Sunday!

    Leigh Ann
    MaMa’s Book Corner

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