Cinder by Marissa Meyer-Book Review

This was for a direct link. Do you know if it was Prince Kai? If Maybe he wanted to be able to get in touch with you without going through the net?”

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: 2012
Pages: 387
Rating: 9/10

Third time’s the charm. Or so the saying goes. In this case though it was correct. I bought Cinder quite a while ago out of the bargain bin at either Barnes and Nobles or Books A Million. Either way I thought it looked cool and it was $5 so I figured why not. I have tried to read it twice since then, and did not really get further than 20 pages in either time. I wasn’t even planning to read it this month, but I let Instagram decide on my book and alas everyone and i mean everyone picked Cinder.

Goodreads Summary

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. 

My Thoughts

Fantastically fantastical. That is how I would describe this story. It is a retelling of Cinderella, which to be honest I wasn’t so sure about. I also wasn’t sure I was going to want to read the entire series (The Lunar Chronicles) knowing that this first book was a retelling. I am taking a wild guess (because I didn’t look into the other books yet) but I think all the books in the series are retellings of certain fairytales and then they weave in Cinder. Who knows though. Annnyway back to the review. I am happy to announce that I already bought the box set of all of the books and the companion books because I am very excited to read the series. I also might have bought the second book Scarlet on Kindle as well so that I could go ahead and start reading it instead of having to wait for the books to arrive. (They will have arrived by the time this goes up hopefully)

One of the things about this book that I really liked was that it wasn’t necessarily written from any one character’s point of view. It was more of a third person writing where you would know what everyone was thinking, but without it seeming out of place. I’m particularly thinking about a point in the books where Cinder is not around and Kai and his father’s advisor are talking. You will get to know what Kai and the advisor are talking about, you don’t just have sections of stories left out because Cinder isn’t there to hear.

If I had one criticism about the book it would be that I was able to guess the twist of the book about 150 pages in. Despite that Meyer’s was still have to throw some things in at the end that I did not expect. I wish the twist wouldn’t have been so obvious, but also this book was written for a YA audience it seems and I am 24. I love my YA books, but it does seem like I guess the endings for those a little quicker than I do with books for adults. Could just be because I pick up on context clues that a younger audience wouldn’t pick up on.


Final Recommendations

My final recommendation for this book would be to pick it up and read it. If you are having a hard time getting into it just keep going. Put it down for awhile and come back to it. It is a book that I love! Also if you picked this book up awhile ago and never finished it or never got the chance to start it, make it your next read. You won’t be disappointed!.

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5 thoughts on “Cinder by Marissa Meyer-Book Review

  1. I read the entire series in less than a month last year. They’re really, really good once you get into them. Very unique take on fairytales. I’m glad there’s another Lunar Chronicles fan out there 🙂

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