Cinder Book Review

Cinder (by Marissa Meyer) book cover
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Illustrator: Illustrator
Published: 2013-01-08
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take onthe Cinderella story.
3.6Overall Score

Cinder

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her ...

  • Plot
    4.5
  • Characters
    3.5
  • Pacing
    2.8

Cinder Book Review

Cinder-Marissa Meyer

Feiwel & Friends

2012

387 pages

Cinder Book Review Summary:

Cinder is the first of a quadrilogy, each retelling a beloved fairytale.

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic-the best in New Beijing, a bustling megacity with the danger of the plague on everyone’s mind. With no memory of her past life, she lives with her resentful stepmother and two stepsisters. Her dreary life changes when Prince Kai, heir to the throne of the Eastern Commonwealth visits her booth with a broken android that harbor information that could save all Earthens from the manipulative Lunar, Queen Levana.

Content Review:

 

Language-

-A couple uses each of h--- and d--n.

 

Violence-

-Little to none, but more in the next book, Scarlet.

 

Spiritual-

-A reference to a Buddha statue.

-Queen Levana has multiple thaumaturges (magicians) that do her bidding and are the spiritual leaders of the Lunars.

 

Sexual-

-References to female curves, an illegitimate child, a sex change (sarcastically), the female reproductive system (and the fact that Cinder’s was unaffected by her cyborg surgery, and a few similar references.

-Queen Levana says that “monogamy is an archaic sentiment” and that Cinder’s mother “was known for her promiscuity.”

 

Other-

-None

 

Personal Review: 4 stars

Cinder was a fun, fast-paced adventure. It was thought-provoking in its use of AI (seen as both a help and dangerous if not used properly). Somewhat predictable, the story was still enjoyable and the premise interesting. Not extraordinarily deep, it was still engaging. The worldbuilding was immersive and the pacing was consistent. The setting, while drastically different from the original story was well-described and entertaining. I am eager to return to this interesting literary world and begin the next book! This story is geared toward the YA audience and fans of fairy tales or the dystopian novels will enjoy it. Some content issues will affect the more sensitive reader’s enjoyment of the story. Overall, this was a fun, light summer read and a series I look forward to finishing.