Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

Posted August 31, 2015 in 5 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published On: January 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopia, Fairy Tale Retelling, Cinderella
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
5 Stars
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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.


Loving this cover. It’s subtle but fits perfectly with the book. Can you guess which fairy tale it’s retelling?

Initial Thoughts

I loved this book the first time and I really hoped I’d love it the second. I read it quite a whole ago so this re-read was actually a great idea because I didn’t remember as much as I thought.

My New BFF

Can I please be BFFs with Cinder? Plleeeeeease? She’s just such a great character! She’s in a really bad situation but she still makes the best of it and does what’s right. She’s also extremely brave doing all those things she did. Not many people would have the courage to take on a queen in front of that many people.

My Crush

Who could read this book and not fall in love with Prince Kai? It’s basically mandatory. He’s nice and mysterious to draw you in and then you see little parts of his life and see how unhappy he is. You start to feel for him and then slowly fall in love with him. That’s exactly how a love interest is supposed to make you feel! Well done to the author for pulling it off!

Writing Style

I love that even though this is a fairy tale retelling, it’s not that predictable. The biggest chunk of the plot has nothing to do with Cinderella and I’m very grateful for that. The plot is fast paced and designed to suck you in immediately, which it does of course, and the characters are what keep you reading. I can’t say anything bad about this book.

Closing Thoughts

I think this is a book everyone should read no matter how hyped up it is. I know everyone isn’t going to like it but I think it’s something everyone should at least try because it’s so different that it might just spark something in you. I love fairy tale retellings even if they are predictable, that’s just who I am. I can say that this is easily my favorite retelling because it’s not predictable and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love that it’s set in the future and that it’s set in China. I can’t say I’ve read a lot of books that took place in China. I love the dystopia feel of it while not being your typical dystopia book. I love all the genres that are mixed into this book that really do make it possible for so many people to enjoy. I love everything about this book (as you might have noticed) so I recommend it to everyone!


“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

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11 responses to “Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

  1. omg GURL. LET’S TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATH BECAUSE PRINCE KAI IS 100% SWOON WORTHY. I am so in love with that boy it was embarrassing to look at people for a week after I read Cinder. I live for the moments when he came up in Scarlet. AND THE THING IS Cinder is SO worthy of his love (we’ll get there). I can’t imagine any other person being with Prince Kai because he’s on a whole new level of swoon. Thank you for this review, you’ve reminded me of how much I love this series and how much of an idiot I am for not reading Cress yet 😀

  2. loved this book the first time i read it. I just reread it too. loved it the second time around as well. I got so much more out of it because names like jacin and crescent moon jumped out at me when before they meant nothing except extraneous info. can’t wait to start scarlet again and read cress for the first time. plus, now i can also read fairest. woot!

  3. I love your re-review! I really need to read Cinder ASAP. I’ve been dying to read it for ages now, I can’t contain my impatience to read it.

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