Book Review: Cinder By Marissa Meyer


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.


Overall this novel leaves a big chunk of it to be figured out in a second novel, not sure how I feel about that.

The ending was very expected. A Cinderella retelling in a dystopian and fantasy way.
So, Cinder is a young cyborg mechanic and is forced to give her earnings to her evil step guardian mother type figure if you can even call her that.

The prince needs help fixing one of his androids so she sees her. There is also a pandemic plague (yes, any novel out before lockdowns make me think they are predicting what was our future back then). And this evil Lunar Queen who has the powers to manipulate everyone comes to earth and tries to force a marriage with herself and the prince.

I felt a lot of areas was repeated sections and it was broken down to a dumb level which was not necessary and that the ending was very expected. Great story but a lot of unneeded writing and I would have appreciated a faster pace as it felt dragged. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next novel based on the events that occurred.

3/5 Stars


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