Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
(The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Hardcover, First Edition, 390 pages
Published January 3rd, 2012 by Feiwel and Friends
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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. 


Why did it take me so long to read this book?! Probably because it is sci-fi/dystopian story, two of my least favorite genres. I’m pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed Cinder (the book and character).

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

Cinder takes place in the future, post-World War 4 in New Beijing and Cinder is a mechanic and a cyborg. Prince Kai seeks Cinder's assistance in fixing his android, and that is where it all begins, eventually leading up to a Happily Ever After… you must continue with the series to get there.

“Kai cleared his throat. Stood straighter. "I assume you are going to the ball?""I-I don't know. I mean, no. No, I'm sorry, I'm not going to the ball."Kai drew back, confused. "Oh well... but... maybe you would change your mind? Because I am, you know.""The prince.""Not bragging," he said quickly. "Just a fact.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

Cinder lives with her stepmother, and two stepsisters, the only one who appreciates and cares for Cinder is her stepsister, Peony. A plague known as Letumosis is spreading throughout Beijing, those infected are sent to quarantines, Peony gets infected with the incurable disease and Cinder is saddened. Although, Cinder’s stepmother blames Cinder for Peony’s illness, she volunteers Cinder for plague research. Once at the research facility and testing begins, Cinder discovers new things about herself that she wasn’t aware of.

The Emperor is also infected with Letumois and later dies. Prince Kai is left with ruling the country and dealing with the one person who may have a cure for the Plague, the evil Lunar Queen, Levana.

“The queen's eyes smouldered. "I know my own kind when I see them, and right now there is one in these city walls." She pointed a finger toward the balcony."I want her found and brought to me.""Right," said Kai,"that'll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I'll get right on that.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

Finally, a fairytale retelling that I absolutely enjoyed reading. Marissa Meyer has created an incredibly entertaining version of the future, a futuristic world that is very interesting and believable. I especially liked that Cinder was portrayed with having more human qualities, her cyborg parts had some awesome features also.

Happy Reading -J

1 comment:

  1. I loved Cinder too. Such a fun and original take on the Cinderella fairytale. I haven't finished this series yet, but I loved the second book too. Great review!