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Friday, July 27, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: brief review

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
Feiwal and Friends (Macmillan)
ISBN: 978-0-312-64189-4
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy From Indigo

Description: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earths fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. Shes a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsisters illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kais, 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 worlds future.

The Good Stuff
  • Unusual and fun take on the Cinderella story
  • well crafted and creative world, reminded me at times of the landscape of Blade Runner
  • good uses of humourous dialogue
  • liked the love story wasn't overly angsty
  • broke my heart at times (can't go further than that or would be too spoilerish)
  • Love the relationship between Kai and Dr. Erland
  • Strong willed feisty heroine who isn't afraid to do what is right
  • Enjoyed the android sidekick - she got some of the biggest laughs
The Not So Good Stuff
  • A tad predictable at times
  • drags a wee bit about a quarter way through
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Iko rolled to her side, clasping her metal grippers over her chest. "Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I'm overheating."

"I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when i find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on."

"And yet, the memory  of his fingers against her skin refused to fade."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Would say it would appeal more to younger YA readers
  • For fans of YA fantasy (would describe it as bladerunner/cinderella hybrid for the ya set)
4 Dewey's

I purchased this at Indigo


  1. I enjoyed the audio of this one, surprisingly. Im not a huge YA reader but loved this take on Cinderella.

    1. I must start listinging to audio books -- think I would stay on the treadmill longer if I had something to listen too - the sequel comes out soon and it is very good too