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4 Stars: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer was exceedingly popular last year, so it had to go on my Christmas wishlist ;-). I however had a massive number of books that I needed/wanted to read, so it wasn’t until the sequel Scarlet was set to come out that I finally got my butt in gear, haha. I’m a bit late to the game, but I agree with what many have said before: Cinder rocks! Who would have thought to combine cybords, moon people, a plague, and a Cinderella retelling all together?? Marissa Meyer, that’s who :D.

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Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Length: 387 pages (hardcover)
Genre-ish: Sci-fi/Fairytale retelling YA (with cyborgs!)
Rating★★★– so original, slowed in the middle

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. — Goodreads


  •  Cinder has cyborgs and moon people who have separated from Earth’s population long enough to develop some interesting traits. How awesome of a future is that :D. Sure, maybe I don’t want to live there, but I sure want to read about it!
  • In addition to the awesome sci-fi elements, there is a plague; nothing says compelling like a plague.
  • Omg the crazy plot twists! I can’t actually count all the cool plot developments in Cinder right now. Nothing is as it seems >.> <.<.
  • I always worry with retellings that the story will be predictable because the book will follow the retelling too closely. This is not the case with Cinder!
  • The romance is so adorable *sighs*.


  • I am probably in the minority here, but I found that the pacing slowed in the middle of Cinder. I had to push a bit to get to the good stuff at the end.
  • There is only so much bad news that I can take at one time, and Cinder started pushing my limit. It’s not really a happy book at times….
  • Wow, such a cliffhanger. You’ve been warned.


If you are craving a fresh and amazing sci-fi with a touch of Cinderella retelling and a hint of dystopia, get Cinder. I know that it might seem like a crazy combination of story elements, but there is a reason so many people have been raving about this one folks! I will admit that I’m not actually addicted to Cinderella or cyborgs, but even beyond the cool ideas thrown together, Cinder is a solid story about a girl kicking butt against adversity and making friends in the most unusual places.

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A


 Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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  1. I also thought it was a bit slow in the middle and honestly I had to go off and eat something to try and get me interested again- I know it sounds weird ._. – but then when everything went wrong towards the end, and *hyperventilates*

    Oh and I found out about this book at school, and they didn’t have Scarlet x_x I was stuck on that cliffhanger for months O^O
    And I love how Cress comes into it as a background character, and then a book is written about her on the third book :3 squee

  2. Yay, I was really eager to read your thoughts on this one! Not juts because I still haven’t read my copy >.<but I was curious what you'd make of the story! REALLY happy that you loved this one overall !! I can deal with a slowed down plot at times if overall the read was worth it so I'm thinking I'll really enjoy this one :D I may have to hold off till I can get Scarlet ready in case though hehe Awesome review Anya!

    • Oh you’ll definitely want Scarlet immediately, that cliffhanger killed me and made me so excited to get the library copy of Scarlet sooner than expected :D

  3. Glad you loved it, I did as well!

  4. Yay I am so glad you liked this one. Definitely the most original retelling I read. I still need to read Scarlet though. :)

    • Oo yes you must. If you liked Cinder, then you will love Scarlet, at least I loved it even more than Cinder :D

  5. Glad you really liked this one, I did too! I also loved the crazy plot twists, even though I wish Marissa Meyer didn’t end her books with such cliffhangers! I’m already excited for her next book! :) Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  6. I really love the way Meyer blends everything together, and how she is clearly doing a retelling, but does such unique things with it. So excited for Cress!

    • Agreed, I really like the uniqueness of the retelling, since then I’m not exactly sure how things are going to play out :D

  7. I’m late to the game on this one too. I hope to read it sometime this year, but not sure when, yet. Glad you liked it! :D

  8. Love love LOVE this book! I can see how the pacing is kind of slow, but it’s worth it for me because it sets everything up. The next book is the exact opposite. It’s a whirlwind of action and awesomeness. I hope you love Scarlet as much as I did! XD

    • I just finished Scarlet this weekend and I literally had white knuckles from trying to read so fast, awesome! I definitely liked Scarlet better since the pacing is fast ;-) I hope the rest of the series keeps that up :D


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