Dystopia · Fantasy · Retelling · Romance · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Book Review: Cinder

fb_img_1480502398502Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance, Retelling

ISBN: 9780312641894

Publishing date: January 3, 2012


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.

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“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.”

I enjoyed this book. I saw some flaws in this book but it is not much of a big deal.

Let’s start on the negative side of this book. I know, its a retelling of Cinderella but it didn’t gave an impact for me as I was expecting it to be. The story or the plot can still stand on its own with or without it. I also noticed that some information and revelations are give out just like that and it was so predictable.



I mean, they could have revealed those things in a more unpredictable way. Yes, I expected “almost” all of what is going to happen next. Another one is the characterization specially Kai. Prince Kai was such a dull character. He was so boring. Yes, B-O-R-I-N-G for me. His personality didn’t even gave impact on me eventhough he was always mentioned in the story.

On the positive side, it is in the science fiction genre which involves cyborgs. Not just a cyborg but a cool and awesome cyborg. I also liked how caring and loving Cinder is specially to her sister Peony. I can’t even describe how I feel whenever I recall the scenes involving peony, it was just heartbreaking.

I also love how I hate Levana. It’s like I want to stab her with a knife back and forth. This was the first time I really hated a character this much, well, in a good way. It’s like I’m really in the shoes of the other characters that hated her. I can also feel their rage towards Levana. Die Levana! Die! Die!

The romance in this book was not really engaging as other but still I find it cute. That’s all I can say about that part because it didn’t quite impressed me.

Overall, I still liked this book. I just wish it becomes more better in the second book.

My Rating: 3.5/5


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