Review: Cinder


Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: February 7th 2012
Purchase: Book DepositoryAmazon
Received From: Lori at Lori’s Reading Corner

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 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.

My Review:
Cinder is an imaginative and unique take on the Cinderella fairy tale, it’s based in a futuristic world filled with death and poverty where both humans and androids coexist. I was extremely excited to read this book and I went in expecting to love it. Instead, I was left disappointed and saddened by my lack of love for Cinder.

It was difficult to keep my focus and attention on Cinder from the very beginning and although there was action and things were happening, it was a struggle to read. Some authors are brilliantly subtle in dropping hints but it’s not foreshadowing if the author throws the hints like bricks to your face. Cinder had many bricks making it predictable.

There were things I did enjoy like Dr. Erland. He was made of awesome and I loved his character. Cinder was many things; strong, smart, a great mechanic with an awesome love for old cars but I didn’t feel anything towards her. Kai was bland and I cared for him even less though I did like the interaction between him and Cinder. They may cause a slight fluttering of the heart. Neither the villains nor the stepmother left any strong impression on me.

Funny thing is that Cinder would have me yawning and wishing it would finish when BAM, there was a sprinkle of awesomeness where the story pulled me in leaving me glued to the book and engrossed by everything. Part 4 of the book was especially like this. I would feel a multitude of emotions and wonder why it wasn’t like this throughout. I lived for these parts and then it would revert to its previous bore. The writing was great, beautiful even. I could imagine the markets and streets, every squashed up building and the scents of decay and panic that tinged everyone.

Cinder had the aspects to make a great story yet it didn’t come together for me. I was two extremely opposite feelings, either bored wanting to abandon this book or just flipping excited. I’ll remember to never go into books with high expectations and definitely read if you’re a fan of fairy retellings and futuristic worlds. Considering that I loved the final part of Cinder I am excited for Scarlet, the potential still exist that I could love the Lunar Chronicles.

3 Stars

2 thoughts on “Review: Cinder”

  1. Renee C.

    Hi Isa, I have been so curious about this book – I’m wondering if it’s because I just love the cover! lol I’ve heard such mixed reviews that I feel now I need to read it too to see what the fuss is all about.

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  2. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    Lovely review, Isa! I gave this book a similar rating. While I did like it overall, there were too many moments where I wasn’t at all interested. I hope the next book is even better. :)

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