Cinder by Marissa Meyer

CinderTitle: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 390

Rating: 3.5/5

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.

I feel like almost everyone loves this book, but I wasn’t too impressed with it.

Cinder wasn’t that interesting a protagonist, at least not for me. I didn’t care too much about what was happening with her, and I didn’t care if she got her prince. This story seemed like it was trying too hard to emulate Cinderella. Yes, I get that she has an evil “stepmother” and stepsisters (well, just one sister in this case), but I feel that they weren’t fleshed out enough for them to truly become their own characters.

My main problem with this book was that I saw the twists coming way, way before Cinder figured them out. I’m not going to say what the twists are, but I guessed them way too early for me to enjoy the story. As Cinder meandered through the mysteries and such, I was screaming at her to get a clue. I don’t know why I picked up on the twists so easily – I’m not sure I’ve seen a lot of reviews talking about the twists being too obvious, and I’m not the type of reader who figures out all the twists and ruins most books I read, but that’s what happened with this particular book.

I think readers might really enjoy this story if they don’t figure out all the major twists like I did. I’m still going to give the next book a chance, though – it involves a reimagined version of Little Red Riding Hood, I believe. Cinder is still around, which isn’t really incentive for me, but whatever – I just really hope that the second book is better than the first, at least in my opinion.



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