Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Series, Book 1)



Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Square Fish

Genre: Teen

Purchase: Kindle; Hardcover; Paperback; Audiobook

About the Author:

Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rear view mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Marissa writes books for teens, including the NYT bestselling series: The Lunar Chronicles.

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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.




If you read the Synopsis above and are thinking “this book is not for me”, STOP and read my review first! I honestly dislike Sci-Fi and most Fantasy novels, they are typically not my cup of tea. I am a part of an online women’s book club and this book has come up time and time again in the group and people LOVED it. I never read the description of the book which worked in my favor (will explain shortly). I was able to purchase the whole Lunar Series at my local library for 25 cents each so I bought them all. The reason I said I was glad I never read the description is because if I had I would have NEVER bought this book or any others in the series. The description would have been to Sci-Fi for me and turned me off from reading the book. I started Cinder never reading the description and LOVED it!

The story takes place in a futuristic China. Cinder is a Cyborg and the story has pieces of the Cinderella story wrapped into it. Cinder’s father died and she lives with her Step-Mother and Step-Sisters. She is a mechanic and all money she makes goes directly to her Step-Mother since she is her caretaker. There is a plague that has hit China killing large numbers of citizens including one of her Step-Sisters. Cinder’s Step-Mother blames her for the death of her daughter and sells her off to be used as a genuine pig to find a cure for the plague.

I found this was one of those books where I got really wrapped up in the main character. I truly enjoyed Cinder’s personality and found myself cheering her on throughout the book. Cinder develops a crush on Prince Kai and he seems to feel the same way problem, is he doesn’t know she is a Cyborg.

If I had the time to read this book in one day, I would have done so, I loved it that much. If you are like me and you are not a Sci-Fi fan, I still think you should give this book a try, you may find like I did that you love this book.

Paige’s Rating ★★★★★

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