Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Review

By Marissa Meyer

Jan. 3, 2012
Feiwel & Friends, 400 pages
Source: Publisher & NetGalley

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.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

— description
Sister: What are you reading?
Me: This book about Robot Cinderella. In China. In the future.
Sister: (Blank stare.)
Okay, so it sounds like a nerd book. Whatever. IT'S NEVER STOPPED US BEFORE, FELLOW NERDS! And you know it.

Fairy tales meet sci-fi in this exciting debut novel from Marissa Meyer that had my heart racing from cover to cover. Cinder is a cyborg, and she's completely oppressed and abused by her -- you guessed it -- evil stepmother. She meets dashing Prince Kai when he comes to her for her mechanic skills and it's clear form that point on that there's a spark between them.

Only he doesn't know she's a cyborg. DRAMA!

I called a lot of plot points from the beginning, but there were still so many twists and fun turns (evil space queen! contagious plagues! a fancy ball!) that I was so engrossed. And beneath all the fairy tale romance and outer-space-galacticness, this book really says a lot about what it means to be human.

Beautiful, exciting, a total wow. Sounds like it's going to be a four-book series, and I can't wait for more!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: This song goes out to Cinder. PRINCE KAI IS A FOOL IF HE DOESN'T LOVE YOU, GIRL.


  1. lol. What an appropriate song choice. :D

  2. Hmmmm. I gave up after a few pages...maybe I should keep going.

  3. I'm so looking forward to this book. YA SF Fairy Tale Retelling? Yes, please!!! Loved your review and I'm so excited that it's going to be a 4-book series! I haven't even read it and I'm looking forward to 3 more books? Yeesh!

  4. Um, is Marina (and the Diamonds of course) trying to say that robots are invulnerable and unloveable? I beg to differ. :)

    1. HAHAHA agreed, after reading this book. Robots are, um, PEOPLE TOO! Kinda. Cyborgs definitely are though.

  5. I didn't know this was a series... CPL needs to hurry up and give me my copy.

  6. I loved this book too! Like you I found myself guessing at a lot of plot points early on, but that didn't make the story any less enjoyable (wish people would stop thinking predictability negates enjoyability<---apparently, this isn't a word). I thought this was a really unique take on the classic Cinderella story, and I can't wait for the other books in the series :-)

  7. Hey, I totally had that exact conversation with my boyfriend! Only I haven't started it yet. I was just gleefully showing off the cover when I brought it home. Thanks for the Marina and the Diamonds shout out, perfect Cinder theme song to my mind. Though dear lord I can't imagine being covered in that many sparkles.

  8. Haha, fun review! We really enjoyed CINDER too. Even though it's incredibly predictable, the characters and the world are compelling, so you stop reading for WHAT happens and start reading to see WHEN they find out and HOW they react.

  9. I absolutely loved this book as well. I felt for Cinder. She's still human deep, deeeeeep down.


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