Cinder Review

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Genre: YA Fantasy, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover, 387 pages
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Macmillan: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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 Thoughts
I have been wanting to read this book for months, and I have to say that I was soo happy I read it! For one, I am a sucker for adaptations of fairy tales, and Cinderella is one of my favorites. Secondly I am also a sucker for fantasy and science fiction elements in YA, and this book had all of the above. 

I loved the relationship between Cinder and her personal cyborg, Iko the best. It was the only real friendship she had even known, and you could tell through Cinders actions towards her and her concern for her saftely that Iko was almost like a sister to her. I also loved the Lunar colony par as well, it added an extra demesion to the book and made for a very good conflict at the end of the novel. 

The stepmother was extremely nasty and harsh, which was perfect, especially with the whole Cinderella theme going on throughout the book. I also loved that both step sisters weren't cruel, there was one who was more favorable than the other, and that made for an interesting relationship.  

I really wish that the relationship between Kai and Cinder was developed more throughout the book, I continuously felt the connection between the two of them, but I was left feeling a little disappointed at the end when really nothing happened, and all hell broke lose. But the end was fantastic. I am interested to see where Scarlet takes off from, and if it will continue the story of Kai and Cinder, or follow a different Fairy Tale character. All I know is that I would love to see where Cinder's life ends up, and I can't wait for Scarlet to come out next year!

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  3. Thanks for the review, I need to check this out soon.

  4. Great review! I too loved Cinder! This was so original and I can't wait for Scarlet to see what happens next in the story!

  5. This book is on my TBR list after I read so many good reviews about this book, I so wanna read it. I'm a sucker for Cinderella story too ^^

  6. i love ur review...i i think i'll buy cinder...thx u

  7. I really want to buy this -- thank you for the review!

  8. I just read this one recently and I thought it was pretty good. I agree about the whole Cinder and Kai thing. I'm definitely interested in how the rest of the series pans out.

  9. great book !!!
    i can't wait to read SCARLET...

  10. I loved this book! It was such a great execution of a retelling (especially from one of my fav stories). I was not a big fan of Prince Kai. He was just a jerk to me. I was baffled by his reaction by the end. Marissa is one of my favorite authors right now. I LOVED Iko! I also felt the same about the relationship b/w Cinder and her (:! Scarlet was just as amazing as this book! Thanks for sharing your review!