Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Spoiler Free)

December 21, 2017

“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?” ― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

Where has this series been all my life?

Funny story, I never really knew what The Lunar Chronicles was about or really that it existed until I joined Bookstagram. One day about a year or so ago I was at Target picking up one of Rick Riordan’s novels and I noticed a lone book with a cyborg leg in a red shoe on the cover. I had no idea what it was about, but I figured it had to be good if it was nestled up next to some of my favourites.

So I bought it and it dusted on my shelves.

It wasn’t until recently that I found out it was a part of a much larger series that was very well loved, so last week I decided to pick it up and boy did I LOVE IT. The synopsis is as followed:

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 is a whirlwind of interesting! It is has an amazing futuristic setting, great characters, tons of fascinating lore, and a main character that provides drama, humor and above all else: heart.

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

The setting of New Beijing is such a fun idea. The mixture of traditional and futuristic was so well done. From the way Meyer describes the palace to the market to the intricate details of a grand ball, all of it provides beautiful imagery. As for the futuristic elements, they never seemed forced or over the top. Everything was incorporated seamlessly from the netscreens to the cyborg attributes. I can’t wait to read more and more within this series to see what else Meyer can come with tech wise.


There is a plethora of characters who are all different and each leave pretty big impressions on you as you read. One of my favourites was an android named Iko and of course Kai who was a complex character to read. I want to know what is going on inside his head even more. There were, of course, both protagonists and antagonists alike and I liked them both. The evil in this book isn’t brute force or scary faces, but cunning minds and wickedness, which is what we all want, right? The characters really make the story and I hope you will find yourself slowly falling in love with them as I did.

Let’s talk about Luna for a moment. Or shall I just say “crazy moon people”. The whole idea that there is another race of people living on the moon was my favourite is incredible. An Earthen threat is one thing, but one from another planet? Sign me up! I loved the contrast between the Earthens and the Lunars and hope to see even more of them as the books go on! One of the most interesting plot lines I have ever read. BRAVO!

“Mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

As for Cinder herself, she is one of my favourite main characters! She is witty, smart, passionate, loving, brave, and she stays true to herself no matter what. Cinder also never gives up which what I like to see in a MC. I think over the next few books her character will continue to grow and I cannot stand not having the rest of the books, it’s killing me! Oh did I also mention that she is a badass mechanic who can fix pretty much anything and rock grease stains like a queen? Cause she is and she can. She is the heart of the book and without her strong character, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much as I did.

Overall I give Cinder 5/5 stars. I do not have the rest of the series, but will be getting them in the new year if it is the last thing I do! I need to know what happens with everyone and I cannot wait to meet more of the characters that I have heard so much about. I am off to read Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda so be on the lookout for a review for that as well as my Game of Thrones experience post which should be up this weeked! If you have read this book, did you liked it? Let me know!’

Oh! And if you have read the series, can you please tell me which order to read them in for Fairest and Stars Above? Or is it just publication order? Thanks.

Happy Reading!

– Haley

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21. Blogger, Star Wars, Marvel, and Book Enthusiast, Over-thinker, Aspiring Author who hates everything she writes, and mother to Gracie & Ghost.

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