Book Review: Cinder

Book Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa MeyerCinderBook Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer

“Fractured fairy-tales” are one of my favorite sub-genres. I love when an author takes a familiar tale and morphs it into something new. Still with familiar elements, but altered into a new story.

So of course I had to read Marissa Meyer’s book Cinder. It’s the first in a dystopian series, and they are all going to feature some familiar characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White.

I feel like I shouldn’t have liked the book as much as I did. A lot of it is predictable (even knowing that obviously some things will be predictable when it’s a retelling of a familiar tale), but it was just so much fun to read that I didn’t mind.

My biggest issue with the book? That it’s the first in a series, when the last book isn’t even scheduled to be published until 2015. One of the advantages to being slow to read series books is that often the entire series is published and I don’t have to wait for the next one to be released. In this case only the first two are out (and book #2 was released last month. My library doesn’t even have it available yet.) I’m impatiently waiting to find out how some of the cliffhangers from book #1 are resolved, and if some of the unanswered questions get answered, or if I’ll be left grumbling that the author didn’t ensure she wrapped up all of the dangling plot lines.

If you’re not a fan of fantasy or dystopian books, this one won’t persuade you otherwise. But if you do enjoy them, this one is a fun read with some great characters that will have you rooting for them.

Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: CinderBook Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Author: Marissa Meyer
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
Length: 400 pages
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. Perfect, Sheila! I’ve wondered about this one!! {Love fractured fairy tales, too!} Definitely going to add it to my wish list…

    • I think this would be an ideal between-semesters sort of book, to balance out all of the more intense reading you’re doing. Quick, easy, fun, and no deep reflection required!

  2. Sounds cool! I like retellings of fairy tales, especially if the main female character is less of a damsel in distress.

  3. I haven’t heard of this one. sounds fun!

  4. This looks right up my alley, along with your others from this week’s what I’m reading!!!


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