by Marissa Meyer

Summary:  Cinder lives in a futuristic, war-ravaged world.  This cyborg (half-robot, half-human) is one of the most talented mechanics in New Beijing, but is living a grim life.  She knows nothing about her past, is hated by her step-mother, and is now being blamed for her sister's illness.  Her life takes a turn, however, when she meets the alluring Prince Kai and becomes involved in an intergalactic battle.    

Thoughts:  Author Marissa Meyer reimagines the classic tale of Cinderella in this surprising, sci-fi retelling.  I was pulled in from the fabulous cover and completely engaged until the last page.  There is a lot going on - robots, cyborgs, plagues, evil lunar villains - but the author craftily knits it together creating a cool, clever, fast-paced novel.  The tough, smart Cinder and the handsome prince are interesting characters that give the techy story heart and humanity.  I can't wait to see what the author does in the upcoming volumes of the four-part series!  

Read Cinder if you: 
  • like creative retellings of the classic fairy tales.
  • enjoy sci fi novels with cool technology and gadgets.
  • are looking for a futuristic story with a twist.
  • like your novels with smart, strong heroines.
  • enjoyed The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.   

Visit Marissa Meyer's blog to learn more about this young, anime-loving author and the Lunar Chronicles.  If you're an aspiring writer, be sure to read her posts about the writing and publishing processes.    


  1. LOVED this book! Lovely review! New Follower btw :)

  2. Thanks for following, Jade! Glad you enjoyed CINDER too. Such a clever book!



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