Book Review

Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I was on hold for Cinder by Marissa Meyer on my library’s Overdrive for what felt like forever. I was nervous though. The last few books I’ve read have failed to entertain me thoroughly, leaving me leery of YA and and worried this book would be the final strike before I found myself needing a break. But, with all the glowing reviews and recommendations by friends, I decided I needed to give it a try. Oh boy, am I glad I did!

12973964Humans 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)

I give Cinder by Marissa Meyer out of 5 stars!

Now, some logical part of me is over here saying, “shouldn’t that be 4?” My answer? “No, because I enjoyed the book on a level of 5 stars!

I also have a confession: once I put a book on my TBR/kindle, I don’t usually read the synopsis again before starting to read it. Maybe I should, so I know what I’m getting myself into, but usually I have at least some vague idea. The fact that the story started with Cinder removing her foot was quite a shock! And it hooked me.

I haven’t read many retellings, they aren’t something I seek out. But I enjoyed this one immensely! I also enjoyed how there were mentions of other stories in it, and one that I remember was a reference to Romeo & Juliet, and I thought it was funny that an oft-used premise was mentioned in a book that was, in fact, a retelling of another popular story. I enjoyed how, instead of having two evil stepsisters, only one was really evil, and the other was Cinder’s friend.

I also really enjoyed the setting. Having read Marie Lu’s Legend recently, one might think the similarities (screens everywhere, plague, the dirty/crowded markets) would have been a turn-off for me, especially given that I didn’t find Legend especially enjoyable. However, Meyer’s ability to weave the story made those elements feel natural and interesting in Cinder, making for a read that once I started, I didn’t put down until I finished it (at 2AM). The screens everywhere, for example, felt much more natural in a world partially inhabited by cyborgs and androids. The plague was a constant source of motivation for the characters, and the market felt timelessly real.

Oh and Cinder herself! I really liked her. I liked the conflict she had with being able to feel emotion but not to cry, with wanting her autonomy and the frustration that technically she was property. I liked that, although she liked Kaito, she didn’t turn into a pile of mush and lose her goals because he smiled at her.

I liked the other characters, too. I loved Iko. She had quite the “personality.” Even Adri, the evil stepmother, seemed to have more going on than Cinder ever really got to see. Sure, she was evil and all, but I didn’t feel like she was a flat evil, if you know what I mean.

OH! And I really enjoyed the added aspect of the Lunars. I liked how obviously there must be more than the public’s notions of the greedy, evil Lunars, and I’m curious to read more about them.

I enjoyed the history, the politics, and the secrets.

Overall this was just a fun, fun read for me that I enjoyed so much! I’m looking forward to reading Scarlet, but there are 4 people ahead of me on the list.

Like many others, I had this story figured out pretty close to the beginning. I understand this can be a major dislike for some readers, but it makes things fun for me. I like to see if I was right. I like to watch the pieces fall into place. I like to take the journey, I’m not solely concerned about the destination. It’s been a while since I’ve been excited about a book I read, and I’m glad my turn finally came for Cinder.

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3 thoughts on “Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  1. It’s so funny — I was a high school librarian when Cinder came out, and I resisted it for the longest time. Because of the cover. After a bunch of students were gushing to me over it, I read it and loved it and Scarlet, but I’m behind now. Have Cress sitting on the shelf staring at me!

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