CINDER (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter
Published by Macmillan on January 8th 2013
Pages: 448
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Also by this author: Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter
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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.

Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men.

Which of your characters is most like you?

I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no—I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naïve side—things that could be said about me too—although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it. Where do you write?I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?

Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued.

The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood.

What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?

Scarlet is awesome—she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)

Reading time 3 mins

I am so late to this party. Better late then never, right? Cinder was completely worth the hype. Although the book wasn’t perfect, it was damned near. I finished this book in one day.

Cinder is an adopted child, who works as a cyborg mechanic. Cinder’s work supports her and her step family. She is also a cyborg, which she tries to keep people from knowing. When the prince Kai shows up to her shop with a job, Cinder is completely smitten. She might have been in the running for his hand if it weren’t for her evil stepmother’s plans to keep her busy. In this world there is a plague, Letumosis, threatening the people with no known cure. The king has that Letumosis and has very little time left, and there is also a looming war if the queen of the lunar colony, Levana, is not appeased. When the plague strikes close to home Cinder is forced to do her part for the community. Levana pays the people of earth a visit and flaunts all of her magical glamour over the palace. Cinder and Kai both end up in really bad situations and major secrets are revealed.

Cinder has two step sisters, just like Cinderella, but one is actually kind to Cinder. This book uses the skeletal outline of Cinderella, but it is unique and completely different. There is an orphan and a step family, and a prince, that is where the similarity ends. Cyborgs, science fiction, and a plague…there really isn’t much similarities there to Cinderella. The step-sisters were a bit of a surprise, with one of them actually being a friend to Cinder. The step mother is spot on in her resentment to taking care of Cinder.

This is the perfect beginning to what is sure to be an epic series. Cinder is well paced with rich character development. The world the author has created is rich with places I want the characters to explore. I want to know more about evil Levana and the Lunar colony. I have to know more about the Lunar race, which is different from human and has magic. The prince was such a sweet character and I adored his reactions to Cinder. It is the ideal start to a series, setting us up for the follow up book, Scarlet.

Although I loved the book, I guessed the twists. Half way through the book I told my daughter, (who has been trying to get me to read this series for about a year), exactly what would happen. I was too far invested though, and had to see if my hunches were correct. I just have to remind myself, this book wasn’t written for me. It is a YA book and so I can understand why the twists/ending was such a surprise.

Even though I guessed what would happen, I still really enjoyed this read. Anyone who has read the book can understand why I just have to read on to the next in the series. I doubt anyone could really read this book and not want to see what happens next.

My Rating


The Lunar Chronicles

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

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