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Cinder: A Book Review

Wednesday, November 04, 2015


Marissa Meyer

Fantasy is a part of fiction that often gets left in childhood. The days of fairy tales are long gone as we grow up, go to college, get a job and financial responsibility.  The thing is, I have always loved fantasy.

There is something about a fairy tale that just makes me happy.  It is a small escape from the reality of being a "grown up".  This might explain why I have enjoyed years of working in different kinds of childcare before having my own children.  Now I can enjoy fairy tales with my kiddos often.

The thing is, there are great pieces of fiction out there that fulfill the fantasy and fairy tale side of the imagination. Pieces of fiction that are not full of colorful princesses that our adult lives tell us are so far into fantasy we can't really escape into their world...

Cinder by Marissa Meyer a Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles , a great reformation of fairy tales in a futuristic fantasy world by Marissa Meyer.  Linh Cinder is a cyborg who is forced to work for a family that she despises, well mostly.  Through an odd twist of fate, Cinder meets Prince Kai at her market stand and her whole world starts to shift.  

While science has greatly advanced in this new world, allowing for cyborgs to be a regular part of society, there are downsides.  A horrible disease, Letumosis, has started to sweep across New Beijing. Just about every family has been touched by the disease, including the royal family, so of course research for cures is on the mouths of every citizen.  But how do you find test subjects? 

Personal Likes

I really enjoyed the characters in this book.  Of course Cinder and Prince Kai caught my attention right away, as they are clearing Cinderalla and Prince Charming - their story does not disappoint.  However, the supporting characters are just as intriguing. Iko, Cinder's family android, is a fun, comic relief type that character that adds so much to every scene she/it is in.

I also found the setting, the new world really, that Meyer created to be completely fascinating.  I am not usually a fantasy, cyborg, fiction person.  That is probably why this book kept getting pushed down on my to read list.  I really wish I would have just picked this one up sooner.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer  a Book Review on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

There is some cursing this book, mostly slang words, but still I could have done with out it.  And I really wish there was some more stepping stones into Prince Kai's attraction to Cinder.  It felt very close to love at first sight, which is very fairy tale, but I still wanted more. 

Reasons to Read

This is an amazing book of details.  The setting, the plot, the characters are well thought out on Meyer's part and therefore will not let the reader down.  So often fairy tale retellings are so similar to the famous children's versions that as adults we are let down, this book, and series are very different than other fairy tales. Many of the Cinderella aspects align more with the Grimm's version, which is not as well known these days, so that is a nice plus. 

While this is certainly a fairy tale, fantasy fans will also enjoy this one.  Those fans of cyborgs and science fiction will be drawn into the disease and research side of the story. 

Reading List Rating

Five heart rating on Reading List

I am giving this book five hearts, because I could read this one over and over if time allowed.  In fact I have no problem owning this one, and let's be honest, with three kids, I have to very picky about which books I purchase to take up precious bookshelf space. 

My Suggested Audience

This book is considered a YA/teen book, and I would agree.  Considering the genre, it is fairly clean, very little cursing, a good amount of slang that allows for setting, but hardly any adult relations.  There are some vivid accounting of disease and illness as well as some fairly complex scenes with royal family and politics.  I would suggest this series for any teen that is interested in fantasy, but realize that there are some subjects that heavy.  And because of those complex story lines, I believe this is a great book series for adults who enjoy fairy tales, fantasy, science fiction, or any well crafted fiction. 

Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon a Time... #Cinder @Marissa_Meyer @Reading_List1

Have you read Cinder?  Are you a Marissa Meyer fan?  Are you into fantasy and fairy tales? 

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