Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Posted January 12, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 0 Comments


by Marissa Meyer


Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

Forgive me, fellow book lovers, for I have judged a book before reading it. I took one look at the summary for Cinder and said something to the effect of “Cool. . . but not my thing.” Then this book started showing up everywhere in people’s favorite books of 2012 list, and my curiosity couldn’t be contained, so I grabbed it from a local bookstore when I saw it had been marked down to a mere $5, and I found that Cinder is indeed my kind of thing.

There’s so much to like in this book. We have Cinder, the cyborg Cinderella who is a mechanic, has a good relationship with one of her stepsisters, and lives in New Beijing where there’s all sorts of intergalactic political tension and a deadly plague, and that’s only the beginning. Cinder is such a great character, fresh and unique, and Kai, the Prince in our tale, is the same way. In fact, I really like the character of Kai. In many Cinderella retellings, the Prince is little more than a plot device, but in Cinder he’s a real, living character who has decisions to make and stress on his shoulders and a million things on his mind. Every interaction between Cinder and Kai seems genuine and believable.

I give props to Meyer for making a retelling of Cinderella fresh, because while in some ways it is a classical retelling, in others it’s extremely different. As I read, I thought I had a vague idea of where the plot was going, and I did, but instead of making me lose interest that little bit of plot I could follow just left me wanting to know exactly how everything happened. Even though the book is around 380 pages, I raced through it and read it all in one sitting. I couldn’t leave Cinder and her world when I didn’t know the ending of the book. The “twist” at the end of this book was pretty obvious early on, in my opinion, but it didn’t dilute the power of the book as much as I thought it would.

This world is just so original, I’m left wanting more. I can’t wait to the sequel, Scarlet, releases in February. You can find Cinder on Amazon.

Final Impression: I loved this book. It’s so unique, filled with characters that I think will soon become favorites, and left me wanting to know more of the world. I highly recommend it. 5/5 stars. 


5 Stars

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0 responses to “Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  1. I agree with basically everything you said! I really dislike the cover – I feel like it doesn’t accurately represent the book, even if it is pretty. The story, though, is very unique and I’m impressed with how Marissa Meyer has reinterpreted it and taken liberties in its creation.

    • I’d definitely suggest giving it a try! It’s a really easy, fast-paced read, and even though the word “cyborg” would normally send me running in the other direction, it really makes sense in the story without taking over the focus.

  2. I just finished this book a few days ago! “Cool. . . but not my thing.” was exactly how I first felt about Cinder, but when I picked it up, I ended up loving it so much! Very excited for Scarlet to come out next month; great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. I’m so glad you loved this book! I know what you mean by guessing where it’s going, but you’re so invested in it and the characters are so real. You don’t just read it for the story, but for them as well. Awesome awesome awesome book! I’m on the edge of my seat, waiting for Scarlet next month!

    • Exactly–despite the interesting plot, I feel this is almost more of a character-driven book, especially for Cinder. She’s just so sympathetic and likable! (And I am not a fan of the original Cinderella).

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