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

Hey guys!
Today is book review day. The one I chose this time is a novel by Marissa Meyer, I’ve read tons of good stuff about it and the blogosphere seems to be in love with the entire series, so I finally decided to give Cinder, part 1 of The Lunar Chronicles, a shot!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Cover from Goodreads

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Cover from Goodreads


The Plot:
Cinder is a 16-year-old Cyborg living in New Beijing. Loathed by her stepmother, she works as a mechanic to earn the family’s income. Her life is about to change when Prince Kai, soon-to-be emperor, visits her shop and asks her to repair his android. Cinder gets pulled into something she didn’t think she was part of, but believe me, she was wrong…


The Rating:
It’s incredibly hard to pull of fairy-tale retellings. Most of those end up a cheesy copy, unimaginative or simply weird. However, Marissa Meyer surprised me by kicking off The Lunar Chronicles with a fascinating modern version of Cinderella.
One of the reasons this works so well is because Marissa Meyer doesn’t attempt to stick too closely to the original story. There are many moments where she hints at something but still strays far enough from the fairy-tale to deliver something completely new.
You have no idea what to expect and I can guarantee, Meyer will surprise you numerous times. It’s easy to see how much effort and heart she put into this book (and it really pays off)!
Despite the story definitely having sci-fi elements, the characters are still so very relatable and not even the weirdest thing she mentions feels out of place.
The only thing that bothered me is the whole love-story part. It annoys me a bit that whenever we get a strong, interesting female character, there’s always needs to be a man she can fall in love with. But granted, you can’t do fairy-tales without a prince. So I’m prepared to overlook this flaw, as I really really really want to know what happens next!

An amazing book you can hardly put down! I honestly hadn’t expected to like Cinder so much but the plot fascinated me. So excuse me, I need to rush to the library to pick up the next part of The Lunar Chronicles!


Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #1)

  1. I had similar feelings about the book. I liked the grand deviations Meyer took, but hated that the story still hinged on finding her prince. Unfortunately, every story in the book has that problem and I wished a modern fairy tale could have had a modern ending. I also didn’t find the writing itself terribly impressive (I’m a fan of style over plot), but I did read all four, so that should say something!

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    • I can’t say too much on the style, I only read the first book in English, the other parts were only available in German at the library – however, there were some parts about it that I disliked and put down to the translation. But I guess, the original wasn’t written much better 😉
      That thing with the prince is what kept annoying me until the very last page as well!

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