Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Review of 'Cinder' by Marissa Meyer

"Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time...

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...

Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.  She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her stepmother.  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.  Because there is something unusual about cinder, something that others would kill for."

This is a book that I had to read for YA Lit class but I didn't finish it until recently.

Marissa Meyer takes an interesting spin on the original Cinderella story by setting it in the future-- it's the Sci-Fi Cinderella, almost.  What's cool is that there are elements of this story, but Meyer doesn't adhere to the original story, like a lot of authors who are trying to revamp the original fairy tales we all probably grew up with.

Cinder was a very enjoyable character.  She is a very strong female character.  She makes a name for herself and while there are some that she relies on, she finds that in the case of a number of people, she can't trust or rely on them.  She acknowledges that this is difficult sometimes, but instead of spending pages and pages complaining about it, she takes this knowledge in stride and lives with it to the best of her ability.  I found this to be refreshing.

I was not a fan of Kai though... I can't quite put my finger on it, but he just seemed a little young for someone who was supposed to be assuming power after the death of his father.  Once he did assume power, he was almost the opposite of what he was before.  Suddenly, he has a country that he feels responsible for in a way that he didn't before.

As far as the plot twist, I thought it seemed a little random as far as how it was presented in the story.  It's a good plot twist, but you can't tell me that the doctor just happens to know that Cinder is actually the lost Lunar princess.  And you didn't bother to tell her?  You didn't even try to explain?  No, I don't think so.

Despite these things, I know there is a sequel to this novel and I do look forward to reading it sometime!

I give 'Cinder':
Thanks for Reading!



  1. I hope you are planning to read the next book, Scarlet. I'll be interested to see what you think of it. I loved Cinder's character as well. She was very believable to me.

    1. Oh yes! I'm definitely planning to read 'Scarlet'!

  2. I was a bit disappointed in this book because I wanted just a Cinderella retelling and I didn't like the inclusion of the Lunar Queen as an additional villain. However then I read Scarlet and was so pleased with the expansive world and now I'm a huge fan of the series!

    1. That makes me feel a lot better about 'Scarlet'! I've been reading rather mixed reviews about both 'Cinder' and 'Scarlet,' so it's nice to know that there are some that think the series gets better.

      Thank you very much for your comment!

  3. I still have to read this one. Do you think you will bother to read Scarlet?

    1. Hi there!

      Yeah, I think I'll give 'Scarlet' a try. I've heard that it makes the story better and since 'Cinder' ended in a cliffhanger, I feel a bit invested in this series. I really must know what happens!

      Thank you for your comment!

  4. I am actually reading this now (via audiobook and hardcover book) & I am at the part where Kai's Dad has died.
    I am walking my doggies earlier, listening, and when Kai goes into his "speech" about finding the lost Princess *my hand to Heaven* I said out loud "CINDER IS THE LOST PRINCESS!" then "I KNEW IT!" lolz
    It just seemed too obvious right then and there. And of course the Doctor practically BEGS Cinder to not go to the palace while the Lunar Queen is still there. That cemented my suspicions.
    I have to say this: I won Scarlet from a giveaway on another blog so naturally I bought Cinder. THEN I was sent Cinder in audio form from the pub. I knew I HAD to read/listen to it then. I didn't expect to enjoy it so much.
    I wonder if Scarlet picks up where Cinder leaves off?

    1. See, that frustrated me that the doctor knew the whole time. He could have saved everyone a lot of grief... but then, I have to remind myself that there wouldn't be a story otherwise.

      Still, while you were shouting, "I KNEW IT!" I was screaming back, "WHAT THE %$&* WERE YOU THINKING?!?!"


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