By Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Published on January 3, 2012
Source: Library

Summary taken 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.

I have heard so much about this book that I was excited when I finally had a chance to sit down and read it- I have to say, it wasn't at all what I expected.  I think I am going to break this review up into positives and negatives- negatives first.

What didn't I like about this book?  Well, to be honest, most of what i didn't like centered around the fact that this was a book about cyborgs. I don't like reading about robots or cyborgs, or science fiction in general.  Based on everything I had heard about this book, I really wanted to try it anyway, because I knew everyone had loved it.  It took me 75% of the book to get over the cyborg hurdle.  Honestly I think that was because so much of the story was about science through the first part of the book that I couldn't move on from it until the point in the book where the story focus was more on the Lunars and less on science.  

What did I like about this book?  The fact that it felt like I was reading about Sailor Moon!  I am a HUGE Sailor Moon fan and I have to say, I loved reading about  a Moon Kingdom and Moon Princess!  The story between Prince Kai and Cinder was enjoyable, although I had a hard time believing they were in love after only meeting a few times.  I felt like that storyline was redeemed for me at the end when the story took an unexpected turn.  

All in all, this was a pretty good story. Was this the best fairy tale retelling I have ever read?  No, but I think that may have to do with how much science fiction was in the book.  But I will read the second book in the series because I did enjoy Cinder.


  1. I really enjoyed Cinder great review!

  2. I really enjoyed this one! The audiobook is amazing, all the narrators voices were spot on. I think the weaving of Cinderella elements made it something extra special.

  3. I liked that this one had a lot more elements added in to the fairly simple Cinderella story-gives me hope for the world-building for the rest of the series!


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