Book Review #5: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: 3 January 2012
ISBN/ASIN: 0312641893
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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.

My review:

Let me tell you one thing– I am a sucker for any fairy tale re-telling. Over the past few years, I have grown accustomed to expecting the worst in any fairy tale re-telling there is (Except Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson which is like the bEST BOOK EVER!!! which I will post a review later on). But man.. when I saw this book in the bookstore, I had constraint myself from buying but the cover is too good I had to buy. And it’s my most awesome decision I have made in my entire existence.

This book revolves around year 2020(?) or so, basically in the future where cyborgs are like human and human are like cyborgs (because they are cold-hearted) and you cannot actually tell who’s who anymore. There comes our protagonist named Cinder. Cinder is a cyborg. She lives with her sisters and her mom. But ever since her dad died, she had to comply to anything her mom wants. And then she met Prince Kai– which turned her whole world upside down.

Let me start off by talking about the characters. Cinder is an amazing young woman. I love how Ms. Meyer made her a mechanic and actually proves that women can do what men can do (yey empowerment!). Cinder’s lines are just funny at times but most of the time, straightforward and honest. I love Iko and Prince Kai. AND CAPTAIN THORNE.

I feel like I need to create a paragraph just for tHE AMAZING CAPTAIN THORNE. CAPTAIN THORNE is funny as hell and yes- the most handsome man on Earth. I always look forward to his lines and his ‘pick-up’ lines to Cinder. They are funny together and how I wish they would end up but on the latter books (which will also be reviewed sometime), I think THE AMAZING CAPTAIN THORNE has his perfect match.

The character development is also on point. From a simple mechanic girl who always has dirt on her face, she became this confident, law-defying (which is a good thing in this book, trust me) girl that wants revenge and wants to unveil the truth behind the whole governance of Earth and Luna (like the moon literally).

The plot, I must say, felt kind of cliche. But the character’s lines made up for it along with their personality. There were no dull moments in this book. Every part is interesting and I couldn’t actually put it down.

Ms. Meyers’ style of writing is quite unique too. I love how the writing was able to contain every single detail there could be. I love books like this. It wasn’t hard to follow and the transition is absolutely nice too.

Overall, this book is great for Young Adult readers. If you’re not into sci-fi then don’t worry because after reading this book, you’ll be the bigger sci-fi fan there could be :P.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

About the Author



Marissa Meyer

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.




  1. amortalreader1 says:

    Great Review!
    I read this last year and I am still yet to move onto the rest of the series. I’ll be interested in seeing your thoughts on the next books if you plan to read them. It might persuade me to give them a go 🙂

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    Oh oh I ADORE this book so so much! The entire series basically. :’) AJDFKASLDF TO CAPTAIN THORNE. He’s probably my favourite character…although Iko is amazing and Cress is an adorable little dumpling and Wolf/Scarlet are my favourite ship of ever. *happy sigh* OH and I agree about the plot being utterly cliche/predictable. But somehow I didn’t mind because the characters were so good?! 😛
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  3. barbbytes says:

    As a teacher and a voracious reader, I am heartened to see firsthand that books are still important, to the young as well as those who are older. Thank you for sharing this initial book in what will no doubt become a series. By trolling through the book bloggers on WordPress, and through the work of great bloggers like yourself, I will have ideas for lessons and information on what is new and fascinating.


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