Sunday, July 07, 2013

Review- Cinder by Marissa Meyer


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.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a retelling of Cinderella except where Cinder is a cyborg. Before getting into Cinder I had read a ton of reviews, all excellent for Cinder. The whole concept upon which Cinder is based was really unique and fascinating. It was not like any other book I'd read.

Its the future and humans and androids live on earth. Every thing is very high tech but still there's an Emperor who rules over all others in New Beijing. Other creatures have also been discovered and one of them are Lunars who live on the moon. What no ones knows is how the fate of one girl connects them all together.

Cinder is a gifted mechanic and cyborg. She is obviously a second class citizen being a cyborg and lives with her stepmother and stepsister. The nation is racked with the plague which no one seems to have found a cure for. And when her stepsister gets diagnosed with it Cinder does everything in her power. Cinder was a great protagonist. She was strong and smart and determined. It was fascinating to watch her mind work.

As the story progresses and we come to know more about Cinder's past and you feel more than a little anger at what was done to her. I wanted Cinder to get justice and find out everything that had been going on with her. In between all this is Prince Kai who is struggling with so many problems of his own. But all their stolen moments together, sparse as they were, were super sweet. The romance is slow and steady.

Marissa Meyer effectively blends everything together. All the story threads entwine perfectly well and her writing style is great. The story is well paced with a steady flow of surprises. Unfortunately Cinder ends on cliffhanger with no happy ending in sight. But it is a real, substantial cliffhanger not a scene left halfway in the middle of a climax. Lucky for me Scarlet is already out and I hope to get to it soon. Cinder was a different and good book which should be tried by all sci-fi lovers.


  1. I loved this book. This might have something to do with the fact that Cinderella was my fav fairy tale. Cannot wait to get my hands on Scarlet :)

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  2. I am so pleased that you enjoyed this! I really enjoyed the sequel and the introduction to Scarlet and Wolf. Kai and Cider still remain my fave couple, though. :) Great review!

  3. I'll be the last one to read this book it seems. I must read it soon then. I also have heard only amazing things about this one and I'm kind of scared of reading it. But you liked it so I hope I'll. Great review Janhvi! :)

  4. Cinder sounds like an entertaining read! I've never read anything like it, and I enjoy books that are unique or take a fresh twist on a theme! I loved your review--you've made me want to read this book!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape


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