Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Book Review

Cinder - Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Published: 3 January 2012
Format - Pages: Hardback - 390 pages
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Buy it: Amazon, Kindle, B&N

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.
If you couldn't tell by the cover, this is a retelling/new take on Cinderella. In true Cinderella fashion, I wasn't a fan of the love story. To me, it felt forced in the writing, and the characters felt very uncomfortable around each other. However, I feel like if you were a die-hard, major Hunger Games fan, you would enjoy Cinder as a character because she reminded me a lot of a more docile Katniss. 

I will say that it is not an exact retelling of Cinderella. Marissa Meyer adds her own twists and turns to the story, which I imagine are mainly in order to connect Cinder with the future heroines.

The pacing of this story is excellent. I was never bored, and I never wanted to put down the book, but since I felt that I knew what was going to happen, I wasn't completely captivated. This book wasn't at all surprising, which I don't think is a terrible thing for a retelling, but it would have been a nice surprise for me not to have guessed all of the major plot points in this book. 

All in all, it was better than I expected it to be. I thoroughly enjoyed the world and the idea of the Lunars and how crazy evil Levana is (kind of reminds me of Bellatrix, whom I adore), so I really think that with a different set of characters (Cress -also, Cress's real name is "Crescent Moon"? really?- and Scarlet and Wolf and co.) and more world building I would have really enjoyed this book.


 Yes, I will pick up Scarlet as soon as possible because of that cliffhanger.

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