Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Book Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Book ReviewCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3rd 2012
Genres: Sci-Fi
Pages: 387
Format: Paperback

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.

What I thought NEW

This-Book-Was-Awesome! Four words: Cinderella, Cyborg, Futuristic Beijing! Talk about original.  It was just… Wow.

*crickets chirping*

I think I am actually speechless… How could I have not read this book before? Why, oh why, did it take me this long to finally read Cinder? Gosh, I am such an idiot every now and then! (Kim, thank you for slapping your copy of this book in my face and making me read it!)

A Cinderella retelling, and not just a retelling, because Cinder was a story all on its own with the fairy-tale elements sprinkled throughout it. The classic Cinderella fairy-tale was just molded into the story, a story with so much happening that its hard not to fall in love with the originality. It was just so well done! Marissa Meyer’s take on the evil stepmother, the step-sisters, THE prince, THE ball, and the ‘Shoe’ left behind was really brilliantly done. I was floored

I was just completely floored by the originality of this book. I love a good retelling, but I also think that retellings are really tough to write because it is hard to add something new and fresh to a classic tale everybody grew up with. Fairy-tales are so dear to me, I grew up loving them and knowing them by heart, so writing a retelling of Cinderella takes some guts. But boy Marissa Meyer nailed it!

The story is based on Cinderella’s story, but only elements can be found throughout the story. There is a whole story going on that is so different from the story we all know. Twists and turns that you sometimes see coming, but sometimes they knock you flat on your ass. While I did figure out the main twist in the story quite early on, there were other things happening that I didn’t see coming at all. I just had to keep reading.

Another highly original aspect of this book was the setting. I mean, come on, we’re talking about New Beijing! Completely original and a little bit scary at times (because after all we are reading a post-apocalyptic, dystopian book in which a plague is running its course over the city and its citizens). The setting takes this story, and the classic Cinderella story we all know, to a whole new level.

Cyborg Cinderella! *squeals* Cinder is such a strong and admirable female character. She’s smart (has a smart mouth as well as the necessary sass to back this up with), head-strong, and never loses her worth as a character. Then there is also a certain vulnerability to her that makes her so relatable. Not that I know what it’s like to be a cyborg or something, just saying.

Prince Kai I developed a crush on right away. He’s persistent and utterly charming, while still being completely sincere. Does that make sense? Probably not… I never make sense when I talk fictional crushes. Don’t mind my blabbing!

As you can conclude from the two previous paragraphs, the characters are definitely another reason to pick this book up! If a Cyborg Cinderella and a very charming prince isn’t enough reason for you to convince you of this fact, I probably forget to mention the cute and No-Verbal-Filter robot friend Iko. Iko is Cinder’s, completely adorable and hilarious, friend that’ll make this story SO worthy of your time!

If you were as stupid as me and haven’t read this book yet? Go get yourself a copy! It’s time to get your Cinderella Cyborg loving on!

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  1. At long last! ;) But I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did Iris! I agree…the characters are the best part of the book, and Kai pretty much steals the show! I have to say though – the series keeps on getting better and better as it goes on, so if you decide to continue it, I can’t wait to see what you think!

    Thanks for sharing Iris and, as always, PHEONOMINAL review! ;)

  2. 26/03/2014 / 02:20

    I love this book SO much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. 26/03/2014 / 07:22

    YAY I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKE IT!! It’s beyond brilliant, right?! And they get BETTER. (Scarlet is actually still my favourite, though, Cress rivalled it). It’s sooo hard to wait for them to come out though. Oh gosh. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year before the last book. Torture. Pure torture. >.<

  4. Need to read this book, honestly. It sounds awweessommee! I have heard great things about it. I’m not sure if it’s a book I would want to read right now, because I have been more on the romantic books-tour, but this is definitely a book I have to keep in mind :D

  5. 26/03/2014 / 11:01

    “Cyborg Cinderella!” EXACTLY!! I didn’t read Cinder immediately either. I even remember seeing the cover and thinking, “How lame is that?” Psssht. I was SO ridiculously good! And I agree, with Cait–Scarlet is my favorite ;)

    Great review!

  6. 26/03/2014 / 12:20

    I’m glad you enjoyed this! I still haven’t read this series… I’m not so much into sci-fi, but there’s so much hye around this series that I think I’m going to try it!

  7. 28/03/2014 / 18:21

    You know that I just got this recently! I’m so psyched that you enjoyed it, Iris! Damn, I need to meet this Prince Kai!! I’m so excited that you found the story to be completely original and that you liked the MC. Great review, dearie! :D

  8. Shabreal Joseph
    29/03/2014 / 19:26

    I love this book so much too!

  9. 13/04/2014 / 19:19

    I’m reading this series just because of Cinder :D ♥ One of the few female leads I’ve liked so far.

    • Iris
      14/04/2014 / 18:20

      I loved the female lead as well! She’s awesome, if you liked her, you’ll probably (hopefully) love Eleanor from Something Strange and Deadly as well :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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