Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Book Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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.

With so many versions of the Cinderella fairy tale floating around out there in the literary world, I was hesitant to read this one.  Would it be the same old story all over again?  Well, yes there's an evil stepmother.  Yes, there are stepsisters.  Of course, there's a prince.  Naturally, she's a cyborg..... wait.  What?

From there, dear reader, the story turns on its end.  This Cinderella is a strong, go get 'em type, with no need for a fairy godmother!  She jumps into the palace intrigue with little hesitation, willing to sacrifice herself to cure the plague, save her stepsister, and defeat the enemy.

As Cinderella is about a young woman growing stronger and breaking free from her old life as well as meeting her Mr. Right in an incurably romantic way, I was disappointed in the relationship between Cinder and Prince Kai.  Yes, everyone was dying and the enemies were trying to take over, but any story worth its salt must make time for romance!  Ah well, maybe in the sequels.

Cinder is an engaging and entertaining story.  Young girls who enjoy some science fiction should particularly enjoy it.  However, it also can capture the imagination of us older young girls, too!


I give this book 4 bookworms.

Reading level:  Ages 12 and up
Hardcover:  400 pages
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends (January 3, 2012)
ISBN-10:  0312671893
ISBN-13:  978-0312641894

Ebook Sold by:  Macmillan


  1. I've heard so much about this book - and all of it good. I guess I should pick it up.

  2. I looooooved this book! Glad to hear to liked it :) I definitely want more romance in the next one!