Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Merissa Meyer

Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Merissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Macmillan on January 3, 2012
Pages: 400
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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.

Cinder is one of those novels that you wish you had written yourself. At least, that’s what I thought. Sometimes I’m guilty of feeling jealous of authors who come up with a really awesome idea before I do. I think, “Man, I could have written that!” I wonder if I feel that way because I need to be BFFs with Marissa Meyer. I’m pretty sure we’d get along great. 🙂

I’ve always loved fairy tale retellings and adaptations. There’s just something about taking a familiar story and turning it in to something new that really appeals to me. The balance between familiar and new has always intrigued me, especially when thinking about turning an old concept into something new. Where’s the line between “inspired by” and “totally ripped that story off”? Reading a book and realizing that the story is just *too* close to something you’ve read or seen before or that it’s *too* inspired by another story is the worst feeling for me. But not to worry! Cinder does a beautiful job at giving the Cinderella story a face-lift. Cyborgs, androids, Lunar people, New Beijing. They all bring a freshness to the story that sometimes makes you forget the story’s original story line.

I haven’t been this intrigued by a futuristic setting in a long time. I’m really curious about how this world came to be. Why is it New Beijing? I hope I get some more answers as I continue on in the series.

In all, I loved Cinder. It’s a fresh take on an old classic. I can’t wait to read more.


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  • Bookworm Brandee

    Oh yay, Jessica. This is a series I’ve been wanting to read. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Cinder. 🙂

    • JessicaWorkman

      Girl, get to reading because this series is fantastic! I’m on this massive library waiting list for Scarlet. I can’t wait to get it.