Book Reviews

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Cinder Book Review Marissa Meyer

Rating 3

Spoilers! (ish)

Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicle series has been on my mind for a while now. I heard a few things about this book and the series in general and I should see for myself how good the books really are.

Synopsis Snippet

“Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of a evil queen – and a dangerous temptation”

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who doesn’t really know where she is going in life. Society has deemed her inferior and her stepmother can’t stand her. Essentially this is a coming of age novel, but you don’t get the final outcome until you read Winter.

As an individual novel Cinder’s storyline is a more basic in plot. Since the story does not move to quickly and all the information comes out at the very end I have rated it 3. There are interesting elements but the main focus for Cinder are two things, save her sister and then get out of commonwealth while declining invitations to the ball from none other than the prince himself.

The Universe

Since the novel is a retelling of the fairytale Cinderella you are already set up for the initial storyline. However, Meyer’s does a great job of putting her own twist on the fairytale. I thought it was a little slow at first but that is understandable since I have watched basically every Cinderella based movie – including the one with Selena Gomez!

I really enjoy the universe that Marissa Meyer created. It is set in the future with technology that is believable and unique. I personally love Cinder’s character and her cyborg features. She is not like any Cinderella I have comes across over the years.

Ultimately, the novel is interesting and the last 20 pages are intense and set the stage for the rest of the series. I would definitely recommend because the plot thickens in the next novel!

To see what rating Scarlet – the second novel in The Lunar Chronicles Series received click here!

Did you enjoy the Lunar Chronicles? What novel was your favourite?

Happy Reading!

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