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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (edition 2012)

by Marissa Meyer

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Authors:Marissa Meyer
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (2012), Paperback
Collections:Read but unowned, Favorites
Tags:dystopia, fairy tale retelling

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I feel like one of the last people to pick up this series but alas here I am! I had just finished a highly anticipated 2017 release and needed something that wouldn't let me down. This is where Cinder by Marissa Meyer came in. The readers of Twitter agreed that Cinder should be my next read. I was a little hesitant because so many people love this series. The Lunar Chronicles has been a steady favorite among readers.

I really enjoy retellings and Cinder hit the mark! Set in a futuristic after world society ( my favorite) Cinder, a cyborg, is living an unfulfilled life as a mechanic under the watchful eye of her step-mother. Cinder is looking for a way out and she finds one but the price behind freedom is costly. Of course, I was looking forward to the budding romance of Cinder and the mysterious Prince Kai. However, Meyer did a wonderful job of not focusing the whole story on their connection. The story explored how far Cinder was willing to go to protect the ones she cared about. That made for a beautiful mechanical retelling of the classic Cinderella. One of my favorite characters in this novel was Iko, an android, that was constantly at Cinder's side. I loved her witty and carefree personality. She would be the android to have!

I did feel a little "iffy" about the secrets of Cinder's past, which I don't want to spoil. In a perfect world, I would also have like to seen more into Prince Kai. However, I haven't read the next book in the series which I have heard great things about. I know I won't be disappointed! If you are like me and hadn't picked up this series till recently, or have been thinking about it - I totally recommend it! It has the perfect mix of tech, swoony moments, and action to make for an enjoyable read! ( )
  NautiGirlReads | Mar 4, 2017 |
I'm a sucker for fast-paced YA, which this totally was. Unfortunately, I was distracted by little things here and there, but most of the time, something neat enough happened to distract me from whatever piddly thing had bothered me. Then I reached the second half.

The super obvious reveal still hadn't happened and we were spending all this time navel gazing with Cinder or her love interest about one another or, vaguely, the plot. Last chapter, we finally get the super obvious reveal and...the story ends.

I get that it's a series, but it was such a satisfying remaking of Cinderella until this point, such cute and clever little nods all over. Then it all fell apart and the book was over. I feel fairly certain that she didn't repeat the theme or stretch out the resolution over two more books. I suspect she started mixing in other fairytales (yeah, I see you Rapunzel on the moon) and, although I'm sure they are fun to read, I am just not interested in slogging through another. I was into it, but I was so disappointed by the end that I just don't care about any of the characters or the story anymore. It stopped being fun real quick. ( )
  meaghangray | Feb 26, 2017 |

What an interesting take on one of my favourite fairy tales! I'm not a YA fan, but even though Cinder fits the age, the story doesn't have any of those annoying/boring YA moments. Proof not much could ruin a Cinderella story.

Everything you might expect is there (well, most of it): from the horrible stepmother and hard life to an evil queen, and if you look at it that way, there isn't anything special about it. The basics alone are in the I like it category anyway. At least, as far as I am concerned.

However, the setting (both time and place), the problems of this world (an incurable disease is killing people on Earth) and this particular Cinderella are very, very different from what you might expect. So, even if you don't get a proper ending, Cinderella theme and this extraordinary world are an awesome combination and what has been done with it is worth at least a half a star more.

I hate cliffhangers, but even I must admit the one that ends this book is pretty good. ( )
  Aneris | Feb 15, 2017 |
I am at a loss of words with this book. Where do I start? That it’s a fantastic somewhat retelling of Cinderella with a futuristic twist that includes cyborgs, other planetary beings, and a couple that you want together so freaking bad you can feel the sparks fly but when they’re so close they take two steps back and you fall back in your seat in complete frustration...yeah it’s that kind of book.

It didn’t take me too long to finish this one. It’s very engaging, loved the setting and Cinder as a character. She’s no Mary Sue, nor a damsel in distress. She’s just someone who was dedicated to taking care Peony and doing her job. We definitely love main characters like these!

The writing in the book was excellent, the characters are extremely well done enough that their personalities bring out the feelings from the reader. (My God, I hated Adri and Pearl so much I almost was spitting venom whenever they appeared in the novel). I loved Cinder and Kai. The chemistry is there, both of them are extremely likable, and you just KNOW they’re meant to be.

The plot is also well written. A plague is introduced in this novel, with otherworldly beings from the Moon also part of the story line with a ruler that makes all other dictators hang their heads in shame. The plot thickens with your usual villainous Evil Queen but I’m sure she’s got more up her sleeve as the series progresses.

YA lovers will absolutely love this book. It’s such a great read, it won’t take long to finish. Great start to the series, can’t wait to read more of this! ( )
  sensitivemuse | Feb 13, 2017 |
I was supposed to be studying but stars I could not put this book down!! Although I saw the end coming, I couldn't contain my excitement when my speculation was confirmed. This series is going to be freaking EPIC!! I can't wait to read the second book Scarlet but I'll have to wait until next year because I bought 7 books this month and I'm broke... Story of my life... ( )
  bookishpeach240 | Feb 7, 2017 |
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For my grandma, Samalee Jones, with more love than could ever fit into these pages.
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The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.
Book One: While her sisters were given beautiful dresses and fine slippers, Cinderella had only a filthy smock and wooden shoes.
Book Two: There was no bed for her, and at night when she had worked herself weary, she had to sleep by he hearth in the ashes.
Book Three: "You want to go to the festival, all covered in dust and dirt? Be we would only be ashamed of you!"
Book Four; The prince had the stairway smeared with pitch, and when Cinderella tried to run away, her left slipper got stuck.
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Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

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As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.… (more)

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