Book review: Cinder

Title: Cinder
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: January 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 395 pages


I've heard a lot of great things about The Lunar Chronicles. This series is loosely based on fairytales.


I really enjoyed reading this! I especially loved listening to the audiobook!

The story takes place in the future, where Cyborgs and Androids are part of society. Everyone is looking for a cure to the plague, brought to earth by the Lunars, the people who live on the moon! Lunars are ruled by their Queen Levana, who can manipulate almost everyone to get what she wants.

Cinder is loosely based on Cinderella. With the emphasis on loosely, because Cinder is a kick-ass main-character. She is a cyborg & a very likable character. I was pleasantly surprised when she wasn't portrayed as a girly girl!
Also, she's a mechanic, and a very good one too.

Cinder lives with her stepmom and two stepsisters. I loved that one of the stepsisters was actually kind to Cinder! In the beginning, the stepmother and other stepsister tollerated Cinder, but as the story continues, they treated her very poorly.

Now let's talk about Kai. Marissa Meyer did for sure turn the prince into a very charming, cute, caring, funny and kind person. I loved him!

This futuristic world was very well developed and therefore easy to follow. Characters were very well described. This wasn't a cute, fairytale kind of story, which was one of the reasons why I liked it so much. The writer really tried not to be very cliché, and I think she succeeded!

The only problem I had with this book was that the big plottwist was very predictable.

I would really recommend reading or listening to this book! I've heard that the following books also intertwine the stories of previous characters, really love that idea. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!


I'll rate it 4.5 stars!


  1. I love this series! Read them all! Each book features a new fairytale heroine and a Star Wars hero (lookalike) is thrown into the mix - you'll see. But they're all connected with Cinder at the hell. Great series!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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    1. Hi Rebecca, I love this series too! I'm currently reading Cress, loving it so far :) Thorne & Cress are my favorite couple!

  2. I meant "at the end", not "at the hell". Not sure what happened there. :-)


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