Review: Cinder


Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, Book One
Read: 25th September 2015
Genre: Young Adult, YA, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Steam Punk, Fairy Tale, Retelling, Dystopia


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 an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.


Linh Cinder is a cyborg girl with no memory of her past. She lives with her step mother and two step sisters in New Beijing, which is ruled by an Emperor and his son. I really enjoyed the concept of a completely different kind of Chinese society, studying Chinese in college gave me an appreciation for the words used in the book. The whole world has changed and it looks like Europe has unified too. Cinder lives a hard life, working as a mechanic and being the main source of income for her step mother.
But when her younger sister, Pearl, comes down with letumosis, the dreaded and fatal disease that’s raging all over the world, her step mother blames her and Cinder finds herself sold to the government to be tested on for a cure for letumosis.
Only thing is, she survives the letumosis injections.
Letumosis is the deadly disease that came to earth after the people of Lunar, the moon colony, came back down to earth. Now, the queen of Lunar is coming to earth to try to marry Prince Kai and take over the ruling of the earth.
Cinder is thrown on a journey of discovery as she learns who she is and finds love with the handsome Prince/Emperor Kai.

I won’t lie, as much as I loved this book, the retelling of Cinderella and such, the big plot twist is very obvious from early on. The people I’ve talked to who also read the book, told me they also saw the plot twist coming. However, don’t let this take from the book because it is thoroughly enjoyable.


If you like fairy tale retellings such as A Court of Thorn and Roses, Tiger Lily, the TV show Once Upon a Time, or if you like the Under the Never Sky series, you’ll find yourself enjoying this book. I couldn’t put it down, I just had to read it to the end and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


I have given this book a 4/5🌟



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