Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cinder - Review

Cinder (Book One of the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Rating: Great!
Source: Library (Audio)

Description:  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 suddenly becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself in 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.  (From Goodreads)

Genre: Young Adult

Why I Picked This Book:  Pretty much everyone on Earth told me I needed to read this and the cover is so eye catching!

My Impression:  Why why why did it take me so long to read this book??  I mean I know the whole teenage cyborg in the future thing didn't sound like my cup of tea but still! But I've finally read/listened to it and I have to say that everyone who told me to read this book was so incredibly right.
So what did I like?
The characters.  Cinder herself was smart and tough and vulnerable all at once and really just plain nice.  I loved her relationship with Peony and how she tried to help her.  I loved Kai and Dmitri and their relationships with Cinder.  I even loved that while Audri is obviously quite the evil stepmother she's isn't all evil (except when it comes to Cinder).  Oh and Iko!  I loved Iko.

The World.  I was a little concerned that I would have no idea what the world was like but I could visualize New Beijing and all the characters from the start.  I could picture the castle, the market, Cinder's family apartment - all of it.  But I didn't feel like there was page after page of description explaining it all to me.

The fairy tale retelling part.  This was something I was really concerned about.  How can a teenage cyborg in the future be a Cinderella retelling?  I was worried that it just wasn't going to work or that it was going to feel forced or that there'd be some weird addition that wouldn't make sense to the plot.  But it so worked!

The plot itself.  I was intrigued from the beginning and holding my breath a bit at the end.  I wasn't sure what was going to happen next or if plans were going to work out.  It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger but it does feel like one chapter of the story is finished.

The narrator.  I went the audio route and very much enjoyed Rebecca Soler's performance.  Her pace and inflections are good and she isn't overly dramatic.  She captured Cinder's sarcasm and practical nature perfectly.

What did I not not like?
There wasn't all that much that I didn't like.  My only complaint was that I did feel that there were a few parts that were a little slow in between plans and disasters.  However, I was also listening to it in on audio book and wasn't able to listen for very long stretches during those times so that may have affected my feelings.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes!  I've already put Scarlet on hold at the library.  I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Would I Recommend this Book?:   Absolutely!  I don't read much YA or sci fi but I absolutely loved this one.


  1. Yay!!! So glad you love this one. I had the same reservations you did but it blew me away. I agree the audio was great. Lovely review!

  2. Glad this was good! I have to admit a Cinderella retelling in the future seems iffy to me too, but yes all the raves must be on to something. I like that she's a mechanic and a cyborg too? that seems interesting. And nice that the worldbuilding is there without feeling like an infodump. Nice review!

  3. *does a happy dance*
    Iko is life. Soooo funny. The characters are my everything. Especially come Winter when there's like 13 or more POV's(don't worry it doesn't get overwhelming).
    And the narrator is spot on. I think she's one of the best. And as you'll see through Scarlet and Cress she's able to distinguish a bunch of voices with no over dramatics.
    Can't wait for you to continue. You're just going to love the series even more as you go on.

  4. My sister has read a couple of books in this series and loves them, so that kind of worries me because she likes a lot of romance and I don't. How do you feel the amount of romance was? I love stories with a space theme, but if there is a good amount of romance it is not for me. :)

  5. lol... how's that for timing?? I've just posted my review of Cinders, as well:). I, too, really liked it and thought it worked well and I'm also looking forward to reading Scarlet. A great review!

  6. I ADORED this series....found it with a five chapter freebie and have gobbled them all. I'm 60, obviously not a YA and a retired minister. I cannot say enough good about these books

  7. I'm so glad you liked this one. I hope to find it on audio but I don't think my library carries it. I will try to give the book a go one of these days. Hmmm...maybe for Saturday's read-a-thon.

  8. Glad you enjoyed it, I only read it a couple of months ago, as you said everyone seems to have read it but I am glad I did!

  9. I'm so glad you enjoyed this!! I was also surprised with how much I loved this. I had the same concerns as you but this was written so well I was blown away. I love the narrator too and she's becoming one of my favorites. As soon as I was done with one book I quickly put the next one on hold for my library too. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Great review!

  10. I love this series so much and recommend it to everyone. My sister who loves YA though didn't enjoy it which literally shocks me!!! SHOCKED!!

  11. I skimmed your review since I hope to read this one soon(ish). Hopefully. I am glad you enjoyed it so much! I am trying to keep my expectations reasonable, but I am hoping I'll love it. :-)

  12. Ahhhh! I still haven't done these either and know I seriously need to. It always sounds so amazing :D