Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Why I chose this book: 
I originally listened to maybe 15% of this audiobook a couple years back, and because it was my first time jumping into audiobooks, I just couldn’t hack it for some reason, so I stopped and never picked it up again… that is, until my friend Addison devoured all of the series in a couple short weeks and swore up and down that I MUST read them.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Format: Paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:
My expectations weren’t super high, seeing that I had DNF’d it a couple years ago, but this time I made sure to read a physical copy, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was a fantastic books, with great characters, and a very creative plot. 

Addison always said that this series had such great story telling, and she is so right. The way Meyer tells the tale of Cinderella in a fresh and completely new way is utterly refreshing! As most of you know, I have always had major issues with retellings. They have to be extremely unique in order for me to enjoy them, and Cinder was just that. It was unique and fresh and all around a joy to read.

The character of Cinder is resilient. In the tale and in the Disney version, it always bothered me how passive Cinderella seemed. I never understood it, but Cinder is nothing like that. Yes, she is under the control of an evil stepmother and a sister from hell, and the world raging against everything she is, but Cinder is anything but passive. She is a character that takes control of her life in any way she can, and I loved seeing her character unfold in front of me.

I definitely have to agree with everyone else who have read this series and has loved them. It’s fantastic and I’m already halfway through Scarlet.

I gave this book 4.5 stars


  1. This book is my favorite out of the whole series, though I seem to be in the minority. (everyone loves Cress, it seems) So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I finished Scarlet recently. This series is one of my favorites! I love Cinder's character. Everything about this retelling. And Kai. I like him too. :)

  3. Who has a BFF with great book taste? That's right. You do.

  4. The story only gets better! I'm glad you ended up picking this up again!! Scarlet I think my favourite of the 3 (and novella) so far. Hope you're loving it!


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