Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer

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Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Source: Borrowed from the Library

Rating: 5 Stars

Review: AMAZING!

This is another one of those books that I was hesitant to read – I mean it’s a retelling of Cinderella, and “Cinderella” is a cyborg mechanic – not exactly my usual cup of tea. Thankfully, the world of book bloggers convinced me to give it a shot.

I literally finished this book in less than 24 hours – Thank Goodness I checked Scarlet and Cress out of the library at the same time! Otherwise I would be seriously cranky. Now onto the review gushing…

The book sucked me in immediately. The world building is phenomenal! This futuristic society is easy to visualize.

The characters are well developed. I liked Cinder from the start, she is somewhat funny and easy to sympathize with – kudos to Meyer for not overdoing the poor Cinderella role and still getting the right vibe for our main character. I loved Peony and Iko, they were the perfect supporting characters. Prince Kai is wonderful. The villains serve their purpose – they are detestable!

The writing is excellent. The plot moves at a great pace, I was up late last night with major “just one more chapter syndrome”. The romance was well written, woven in just enough so that it complimented the story without ever overpowering it. The twist was somewhat predictable – like I knew it was coming, but the way it was written blew me away.

So basically, if you haven’t read this book yet and are holding out for some silly reason, just give in and read it because it’s simply amazing and un-put-down-able.


  1. I so glad that you read Cinder, Emily! This is a fantastic series that stays fresh, and keeps getting better as it progresses. Don't forget to check out the novellas as well. There're free to read on Marissa Meyer's wattpad.
    Monique @ Mo_Books

  2. Yayaayay you read it! I'm glad you loved it! I'm excited to read the rest of the series!


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