Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder Marissa Meyer book review

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fairy-tale Adaptation
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

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 (may contain spoilers!):

This novel is one of the most clever ways of retelling “Cinderella” ever. It’s not just about a young girl whose father passed away and now her stepmothers and stepsisters make her clean the house all day.

Cinder is a hard-worker doing what she does best and what she enjoys to do: fixing things. Even if the money goes to her stepmother, Cinder still works as hard as she can.

The robotic twist on all the characters is intriguing as well. It makes the plot of the story that much more interesting because more things can happen.

Especially with the Lunar population.

The characters were fun to follow and I loved how the prince and Cinder didn’t focus on a romance at first sight, but actually focused on protecting their kingdom and hometown. Yes, there is some romantic hints, but it’s not smothering head-over-heels type, which is a breath of fresh air in my opinion.

My only complaint was that one of the big reveals for the plot was predictable. I figured it out long before the reveal at the end of the story. Predictable or not, it’s a bit cliche. But I love the characters and the writing, so I’ll let it slide.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.” –Marissa Meyer, Cinder

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14 thoughts on “Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    • You’re welcome! 😀
      Honestly, I felt the same way. I wasn’t too interested in it, but thought I’d give it a shot anyway. Fairy retellings are such a hit or miss, but this one was definitely a hit. Meyer completely made the classic Cinderella tale her own.

  1. I’ve read this. It was good, not my fave though, I thought it was a little slow and didn’t have much in the way of in-depth plot. It was quite simple. But I liked the twist of cinders being part android. 😀

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