Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (review)

May 17, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA 8 ★★★★★

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (review)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Macmillan on January 8th 2013
Number of Pages: 448
Genres: Dystopian, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon

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.

This book reminded me so much of Sailor Moon. With cyborgs. And androids. And Cinderella. I totally knew what had happened to “Princess Selene” before it was revealed at the end of the book. But that was okay, because so much of the plot was this huge neat twist, I needed to know what was going to happen next.

I liked Peony, and while I understand why it had to happen, I still hate that it happened. Iko was fun and I’m hoping we get to see more of her in the next book. I’m super curious about the unnamed blonde Lunar girl, and want to know more about her as well. And Kai? He was pretty darn cool. Maybe slightly unbelievable how fast he got attached to Cinder, but everything else I liked about him. (No worries, it wasn’t even close to insta-love.)

Cinder herself was all kinds of awesome. She had faults and strengths, and even though her step-mother and elder step-sister were horrible to her, she never let it get to her. She kept her eyes on her goal. The car she found was kinda neat, even if it didn’t last long.

I loved how the ‘glass slipper’, the ‘pumpkin into a carriage’, and the ‘fairy godmother’ were interpreted/twisted in this book. They were unexpected and unique. If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to. I’ll be picking up book 2 soon!


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8 Responses to “Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (review)”

  1. Lola

    I have this book on my to-read list as I don’t read a lot of fairytale retellings I want to give at leats this one a try. And every new review I read of this book just convinces me more I need to read this. Although this is the first time I hear someone compare it to Sailor Moon, I loved that series when I was younger and they aired it here on tv. Great review!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I have all the manga for Sailor Moon, and I’ve seen all the episodes. Will be buying the ‘new’ series once it’s all out.

      And yes! You must read this. It wasn’t as close to Cinderella as most re-tellings tend to be to their stories. You could see the elements of it, but there was so much other stuff packed into the book it wasn’t as major as it could have been.

    • SilvaraWilde

      Me too! I haven’t bought the next book yet, but I plan to do it this week. I saw so many good reviews about this series I had to start it, and it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. But I still loved it!

  2. Zeee @ I Heart Romance

    I’ve actually read this book twice already (once read, once audio) and I always enjoy it! I also love the twists with the pumpkin and the slipper.

    And yes, Iko gets to be more fun/funny in the next 2 books! We also see Cinder grow more into a strong young lady!

    I like 2 other characters the best though…. I won’t spill any beans but they are the couple in Cress 🙂
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Yay! I’m planning on getting the 2nd book in this series by the end of the month. So glad to know some of what I hoped for will happen. Thanks for stopping by!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I’ve got book 2 now, just need to read it. I honestly wasn’t expecting to love Cinder as much as I did. Like it, yes. But it was just amazing! Thanks for stopping by!

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