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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer – Book Review

Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance




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Marissa Meyer


Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance

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“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”


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.


Since this is a retelling of Cinderella, you get the familiar dynamics between the protagonist, her step-mom, and evil step-sisters. Some of the main plot points are still there from the original. Since this is one sci-fi, you get many different elements in terms of character development and plot twists, which were fun and a great spin on the original.

While the plot was predictable, I will read the next one since there’s a cliffhanger, and I like Cinder enough to know what happens to her.

I tend to love high-fantasy for the world-building and unique characters, races, politics, etc., and Cinder manages to have intriguing politics, and I hope we get more of that in the next book. The sci-fi cyborg elements are fun. I like Lunar magic. I would recommend this light, fun, easy read for a weekend.




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