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Posted on Jun 17, 2015 by in Book Reviews |

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….Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


This book review may be extremely inaccurate cause it certainly has been a month since I’ve finished it. (Probably should have done it as soon as possible but better now than never). So now into the review.

I found this book really fun to read. As can be seen from the cover and title, it was slightly based off of Cinderella but what makes it unique was how it was mixed in with robotic people called cyborgs. (I believe…or maybe they are called andriods?)

The plot was amazing and kept me interested. It did have some pacing issues. I felt bored at times and was actually close to dropping the book altogether but I felt attached to the characters so there we go. I also wanted to know what was going to happen and dang that plot twist was worth it.

Character relationships were sort of cliche. There was the best friend who gets taken away, hateful mother and most importantly, woW PRINCE IS HERE AND NOTICES LITTLE TOWN GIRL?!? IT MUST BE FATE.

I find it strange how stories always have this girl who isn’t even looked for at first to then be noticed by the most HANDSOME and AMAZING person that everyone SWOONS over. Yeah, okay I guess they’re all lucky but I’m sort of used to this now so I’ll let it pass. Not everything can be completely original right?

Now characters themselves I liked. I loved Cinder. Her main goal throughout the book was to save her sister. Often, protagonists get carried away by their love interest or some other side goal but not Cinder. It remained pretty consistent to me, or at least as far as I remember.

This book is also diverse. Robotic prosthetic and it takes place in China. Woo it’s finally not set in America! I do believe that this series are going to add several more characters with more diversity in race and ethnicity. I’m really looking forward to reading about all of them.

Overall, amazing book and would recommend it to everyone.