Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Review: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Rating: ✮✮✮
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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. 


First off, I really love that cover. It speaks to my simplistic, splash of color, negative space loving heart. I'm a little concerned that the shoe's a little too big for her, but that's the price you pay for a heel that gorgeous.

The twist on the Cinderella fairytale as a futuristic sort of dystopian cyborg fantasy adventure is brilliant, but for all the awesome things Cinder has going for it, not all of them quite live up to their potential. I mean, I enjoyed it. I really, really did. But my bread and butter when it comes to fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian stories is the world building, and Cinder falls short.

There's so much going on, so many threads begun and barely worked through or tied off, and I blame that mostly on this the first novel in a series, and the world building took back seat to all the storylines and awesome ideas Marissa Meyer had to include:

- Cinder is a cyborg, obviously.
- There's a plague ravaging the Earth.
- There are people living on the moon who like, have magic powers and stuff. (This is explained scientifically, but MOON PEOPLE WITH POWERS!)
- The romance. Which I didn't hate! Yay Cinder!
- A plot twist/cliffhanger that I (and probably you) called early on.
- And of course, the awful step-mother and step-siblings
- Oh, and Cinder's BFF, an android that gets a shout out because I loved her.

There's enough of a base in Cinder to definitely make it an enjoyable read. I had tons of fun. But there's too much going on all at once, and the plot barrels on so fast -- like that train that took both Denzel Washington and Chris Pine's combined powers of awesome to stop in that one movie -- that there's no room for much of anything else.

Bottom line: fun, could use some work, still totally picking up the next book.


  1. I agree there's definitely a lot going on in this one with the virus and New Beijing and the Lunars and all that stuff, but I really loved it. Also, mad props to you for working the Chris Pine/Denzel Washington train movie into your review, I so enjoyed watching that one! I'll be interested to see if your opinion goes up with the second book. Awesome review Chantaal!

    1. Thanks! I really did like that there was a lot going on, and I think there's still a LOT of potential for the second book to pick up on and expand the universe.