Book Review – Cinder

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Sci-fi/ Fairy tale

Goodreads Rating: 4.14

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: Audio


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 centre 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:

Anyone who is a regular follower of my blog knows that sci-fi and fantasy are not my go to genres. For some reason or another I never found a book in that genre that intrigued me as much as my usual choices. I’m pleased to say that has now changed. It turns out all I needed was a fairy tale twist to pull me in. I’m a huge fan of Disney so I was very excited to see how this book had been adapted.

Cinder is the first in the Lunar Chronicles and is a retelling of Cinderella, based in Beijing. The book is split into three parts and I loved the quotes from the original story, used at the start of each section. On the whole the book follows the original tale and includes the majority of the stand out moments but as it is a series you can expect a different ending.

I thought the sci-fi/futuristic element was enough to give the story an edge without it being too technical or boring and loved the cyborg twist for our main character. Cinder was fearless, determined and fiesty in her quest to help her sister and Prince Kai. Iko was an amazing sidekick and often had me giggling with her unique personality, I hope we will see more of her in one form or another in the future stories. Peony was another character that I liked and I’m glad that one of the step-sister’s had a good relationship with Cinder.

Whilst I enjoyed the book I had guessed what was going to happen and what some of the big reveals were nevertheless I still wanted to carry on reading, if anything just to prove I was right. When I got to the end of the story all of my conspiracies had come true but I was left with a little ball of anticipation as to what would happen next. I had become invested in the characters and the futuristic world so I shall definitely be carrying on with the series and can’t wait to see how Cinder’s plan pans out.

This marks my third book in the coffee readathon, only seven to go (including the bonus ones)! I am hoping to cross off one of the advanced prompts on the Dare to Dreamathon, but I need to finish the team prompts first.

Wish me luck!


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