BDN Archive – Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Book Review

This was originally posted by me at (no longer available) on May 9, 2013. 


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Genre & Length: Young Adult/Dystopian, 400 pages

The Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts

Plot: It’s Cinderella, but with some beautiful, captivating twists to it. The combination of familiar fairytale with unexpected turns kept ME turning the pages.

Pacing: Smooth. There were a couple of slow spots near the beginning where I skimmed pages a few times, but for the most part it progressed at a reasonable speed.

Writing Style: Detailed and enjoyable. I was able to immerse myself in Cinder’s world, even though I’ve never been to any Asian countries. The futuristic setting was conveyed well, also, and I had no problems believing anything that Meyer set forth that isn’t common in reality.

Would I read this book again: Yes.

What do you think?

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Rebekah Loper writes character-driven epic fantasy featuring resilient women in trying and impossible circumstances who just want to save themselves but usually end up saving the world, often while falling in love.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (...chickens. They're chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she's not writing, she battles the Oklahoma elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.