Sneak Review: My Heart Burns for "Cinder"

Title:  Cinder
(Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author:  Marissa Meyer
Format:  Kindle
Length:  5 Chapter Sample
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Age Range: Teen
Rating:  5 stars

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.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.  -Goodreads

Before beginning this review, I must state that what I write here is not based on having read "Cinder" in its entirety.  I am basing my opinion on the 5 chapter "sneak" that I was able to obtain here: "Cinder" Sneak Chapter1-5
That said...away we go.

A Different Kind of Fairytale 
In this retelling of the classic Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg working as a mechanic in the day market of New Beijing.  Though she is a gifted mechanic, her cyborg status makes her a second class citizen and a pariah to all who are aware of it.
Little does she know that working to support her tyrannical stepmother Ari and her two stepsisters will put her in the path of Prince Kai, the mysterious and handsome heir to the realm...and change her life forever.

I have closed the book and am still transfixed by Cinder and her mouthy android Iko.  Cinder is a girl that knows how to survive, and though she has been dealt a hard hand in life she is determined to play it to her advantage.
The author does such a good job weaving the cloak of mystery around Cinder's past that I am chomping at the bit to find out more about her.
Though it is more than clear that there is no love lost between Cinder and her stepmother Adri.  The love for her stepsisters, Pearl and Peony shines through.
My heart sinks to my knees when Peony is stricken with the dreaded Letumosis.
I can't wait to see how things will change for Cinder because of the loss of her sister and friend.

And there is the prince...
Prince Kai needs Cinder to fix his android...why?
Is it just a sentimental attachment from his past or something more?
What will fixing the prince's droid mean for Cinder?

I love the concept of Cinderella as  futuristic dystopian.  Given the "plight of the downtrodden" idea of the original work, this take in the retelling is a "key-in-lock" fit that not only allows Miss Meyer to rework the original tale but also to expound upon it in mind-bending new ways. 
This series is sure to break the "glass slipper" forever.



  1. Nice review. I can't wait until it comes out next year.


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