REVIEW: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Science Fiction, Pages: 387, Reading Level: Easy

Book Description from Goodreads:

“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 a fresh, new, science fiction retelling of Cinderella. Cinder was in a horrible accident. As a result, one hand and one foot was replaced with robotic versions, making Cinder a cyborg. The only thing possibly worse than a cyborg, is a lunar- an inhabitant of the moon with the power to manipulate others’ perceptions or even actions. Prince Kai faces a quickly growing plague on earth as well as tense relations with the lunar queen, which could lead to war. Then fate crosses the paths of Cinder and Prince Kai…

Cinder was very good. Meyer did a great job of incorporating some of the well known details of the classic Cinderella story with a brand new science fiction story line. You’re not going to get a lot of intellectual discussion or riveting quotes from this book, but it is an extremely entertaining and quick read. The story is told from the points of view of both Cinder and Prince Kai. So while the whole Cinderella love story is in there a bit, there is enough science fiction, political intrigue and mystery to keep a male audience entertained, at least in my humble female opinion.

And for you ladies out there who may not be that into science fiction, this could actually be a good introduction for you. We’re not talking about hard core science fiction such as Dune with giant worms, folding space, massive starships, mentats, etc., although that is a phenomenal book. This is light science fiction. Honestly, I think there is enough in Cinder to appeal to a wide audience. I look forward to reading the sequel.

Reviewed by Christina

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