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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pub Deets: January 2013, MacMillan
Source: DAC ARC Tours
Challenges: TBR Challenge

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In a sentence or so: Cinder is a secretly a cyborg but publicly the best mechanic in the city which is why the Crown Prince brings her his nanny android to fix which just may have some Super Top Secret information on it. Soon, Cinder is involved with all of the drama happening in New Beijing and just might be at the core of it all.

Cinder is a kind of retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale but with cyborgs and in the future and YES I loved it just as much as you assume my little nerdish self would!

Set in the future, cyborgs are considered second class citizens so Cinder keeps her robot parts on the low. Only her step mother and two step sisters know about her ½ cyborg status (well, and her android Iko). Other than her step sister Peony, the family definitely looks down on Cinder for being a burden in their lives despite the fact that she’s the prize breadwinner of the household. When Prince Kai comes to her stall in the market and ask that she fix his nanny android, she knows not all is as it seems. First of all, the freaking PRINCE is out and about asking for help on the low. Secondly, whatever the android knows is apparently important biz because he’s asking her to keep it secret.

I feel like there are just SO many things going on this book that it’s hard for me to write a review without giving you the play by play of the whole book which is zzzzzzzz so let me try this. I will give you five reasons why I devoured Cinder and you should too (if you haven’t already...)

1. SCI FI, Y’ALL! You know I love sci-fi and this book is packed with it but not in the way you’d expect. Marissa Meyer weaves the science fiction through the book in a way that doesn’t feel off putting or overwhelming to the non sci-fi geek.
2. Romance. Oh yes. Prince Kai and Cinder have a slow burn and it’s awesome.
3. Strong Female Lead. Cinder’s been dealt a tough hand but she makes the best of it. Is she sunshine and roses all the time? Hell naw. BUT she keeps putting one foot in front of the other and never, ever spends her time loathing and lamenting and it’s so refreshing I can’t even.
4. World building. Not only is this a sci-fi book, but it’s also set in the future and includes an alien race called the Lunars. Don’t be overwhelmed, honestly! The world building is naturally integrated into the plot and storytelling so it’s not all info dump and you don’t have to figure it all out on your own, either. Truly, Marissa Meyer did a bang up job building this future.
5. Addictive writing. I read the last 200 pages of Cinder while watching football. Which of course means football was on in the background and I just PLOWED through Cinder without abandon because I was loving all of the plot lines and characters too much to stop!

Don’t be put off by cyborg Cinderella. There’s definitely nods to the original fairy tale but Marissa Meyer takes the basic pieces and builds a whole new masterpiece with Cinder. Embrace the sci-fi and all of the other things that make this book a must read! Also, book two, Scarlet, is coming out in February so you have time to read this before it comes out! GO NOW.

Fave quote: "He squinted, and another picture flickered onto the screen, closer up, showing the backs of four of the men from up above, but, Kai noticed with a shock these were not men. Their shoulders were too wide, too hunched. Their barely discernible profiles too stretched. Their backs were covered in what appeared to be fur." (255 ARC)

Pairs well with: Your inner (or not so inner, in my case) nerd!

Fix er up: The book wasn’t a TOTAL cliffhanger but I definitely wanted MORE resolution than I got at the ending. BAHHHH.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Wasn't this an incredible book? That's amazing you were able to get through 200 whole pages with a noisy background. I HATE background noise, but you know that means a super enrapturing read if you can plow through in such a way :) Have you read Scarlet yet? Because OMG get ready.

  2. I love this book SO MUCH!! It is SO nerdy but awesome. Are you read for Scarlet awesomeness?? I'm freaking out with excitement. FREAKING OUT YO!

  3. I actually stayed away from Cinder for almost a year because I hate science fiction. But oh my gosh, I am so glad I tried reading Cinder, because it is amazing. So for those that don't like sci-fi, Cinder may be just for them.

    1. My heart breaks over you not loving sci fi BUT I'm happy you love this one!

  4. This is one of my favorite books from 2012 because it was just AMAZING. I loved what Marissa Meyer did with a classic fairytale, and I'm looking forward to what's up next!

    P.S. Scarlet is AMAZING.

  5. I LOVED this book. There is not a strong enough word to convey my emotions towards it. If the rest of the books continue in the same vein, I have a feeling the series will easily slip into my top 5 series.

  6. Thanks for the brief recap of Cinder-I'm just about to start Scarlet and am hoping I'll be able to slide back into the world easily.

  7. I'm glad you liked this one! I've already heard rave reviews from those who read the ARC of Scarlet, so I'm super excited for that one. Kinda hoping that Baby comes a few days late, since Scarlet is released the day before my due date =P

  8. LISA. I just re-read this one a few weeks ago before I read Scarlet and I have to tell you that I loved it even MORE the second time, which solidifies it double-time. There are all of the things that you mention, which are indeed fantastic, but how on earth can someone have an imagination like that and make it WORK? I just loved it. And trust, when you get to Scarlet, which I hope is SOON, you will love it even more because it is even better. Cinder and Kai play a bit part in it and the MC Scarlet is just as awesome as Cinder, which means there are two badass females in the book, which I can totally get behind. Plus Wolf is super cool, not only in the swoony way but just a greatly written character. I cannot PUSH upon you to read it as soon as you can. And I'm SO THRILLED x like 339303480257 that you liked this one a whole lot.

  9. Glad you enjoyed this one. I'm really curious to see what happens next!

  10. Yes! Meyer's writing is totally addictive...I've learned after only two books that I'm going to plow through them, so I may as well clear my schedule. Also I totally agree--this is great SciFi for people who generally shy away from that genre. It's almost genre bending SciFi and Fantasy to me, which I love.

  11. I'm normally not into Sci-fi, but this story blew me away! It showed me that there are books I can enjoy with sci-fi in it. Her writing-style, the world-building, the characters; everything felt right and complete. I can't wait for Scarlet <3 Great review!


  12. I have so much love for this series and Marissa Meyer!!! I need the rest of the series ASAP.

  13. I haven't really been interested in the whole cyborg Cinderella concept but I finally caved and bought this a few weeks ago because I read the sample and found it really intriguing. Needless to say, you're definitely making me want to move it up on my reading list!


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