Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

January 23, 2013
Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: Feiwel & Friends | Jan 2012
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Retelling, YA
Series: Lunar Chronicles
Cinder (Cinderella)
Scarlet (Red Riding Hood)
Cress (Rapunzel)
Winter (Snow White)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.


     Cinder is a very scientific and political book with a little splashes of romance here & there. It is not something I usually go for, but in this case I was very impressed with the way Melissa Meyer pulled off this exceptionally well written story, and make me fall in love with Cinderella Cinder's fairytale romance again. It actually reminded me a lot of another version of the TV show Once Upon a Time with all the fairytale mixed in one world.

     Cinder is a cyborg which in general term means that she is part robot. Initially I was very bored with her, the only good moments came through Iko, who is an android, and the best character in this book. She's sarcastic, she's funny, and she brightens any scene just by her presence. Yes, I totally fangirled over Iko, can't help it, I freaking loved her. Coming back to Cinder, I started warming up to her about halfway through the story when we get to know more about her background, and hidden secrets. That's when things started to get more interesting, and I was compelled into finishing the story, and finding out more about Cinder's heritage. 

     Melissa Meyer created a very sci-fi world with cyborgs, androids, and lunars which is commendable but I really wished that everything would have been in balance. I get that it's fantasy, but there has to be enough romance in it because it is a retelling of a popular fairytale which was filled with romance. There are very cute moments between Cinder & Prince Kai, but there was very little interaction between them overall, and I never felt their love. Arghh! I just didn't feel it. I don't know why, and that was my only disappointment. But their story is not over yet, and it will continue throughout the series, so I won't judge too soon.

     Cinder is an extremely well written book with one of the most creative & original worlds I've ever read. It is highly recommended to readers who enjoy retellings and dystopians. I love that throughout the book we got glimpses of future characters & princesses, and I can't wait to read about every single one of them, but I'm really hope Iko gets her story because I already know that hers will be my favorite. 



  1. This book made me realize that I can still love a sci-fi books. I normally tend to stay away from them, because it's not really my thing. This book was the exception and I freaking loved it. I can't wait for Scarlet. Awesome review! :)


  2. I would have loved more interaction between Cinder and Kai, too, but I still love them together. I'm glad though that you enjoyed this book nonetheless. Can't wait for Scarlet. :)

    Fictional Distraction

    P.s.: There's a little typo in your headline (it's not Marissa Marr ;) ).

    1. Thanks! That was weird.

      I can't wait for Scarlet, after finishing Cinder, the first thing I did was pre-order Scarlet. I'm really excited to meet the big bad wolf :)

  3. I'm really intrigued about this book and cant wait to read it.

    Manda C.

  4. I am so glad that you liked Cinder. I loved it myself, after fearing that it would be to sci-fi-ish for my taste. Great review.

  5. I'm not very much into sci-fi either but everyone is praising Cinder so much that I should definitely give it a try. Nice review Aman :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  6. Honestly, this isn't really my kind of book but I know that we have very similar taste in books so the fact that you enjoyed it makes me think that maybe I will too. Great review!! :)

    1. If you get the paranormal/fantasy itch, then read this one. It's REALLY good, I even pre-ordered Scarlet.

  7. I actually REALLY loved this book, despite political stuff, but thats how most dystopians are.. all about the government and stuff. Anyhow, im really glad you ended up enjoying it! great review aman!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf


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