2021 Book Review Book Reviews Sci-Fi


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 3 out of 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.


Cinder was an entertaining novel that I enjoyed reading and had a lot of fun with. I loved the concept of this Sci-Fi spin on Cinderella and the entire plot was so creative. Marissa Meyer set up this futuristic world amazingly and the way she described each character perfectly to match their status and opinions was incredible. It was especially cool to read from Cinder’s pov since you could see what she saw as a cyborg and her everyday life went when she had to work around people having prejudices against cyborgs. It was interesting to see how she would try to hide how she was a cyborg, especially with people she was close to. Another good thing that came from reading multiple povs was that you were able to understand parts of the story that certain characters hadn’t pieced together yet. This created a big amount of suspense about whether the character would finally figure out something, that really had me sitting on the edge of my seat.


The story is mainly told from Cinder’s pov, but there are still times where you got to read from other sides of the story and they really helped the plot. Also, reading scenes where only a certain character knows something, but can’t tell the other person always had me sitting on my seat. My favorite character is probably Prince Kai because he was always trying to do the right thing for his people. He also just seemed like an overall good person. My least favorite character is probably Adri (or the infamous step mother) because she was just irrationally rude and mean. She never failed to tick me off and she was really, really annoying. Adri and her daughter Pearl were just the dynamic duo of annoyingness.

One thing that I was able to see coming was a plot twist with one of the characters. I don’t think it was meant to be something hard to figure out so the fact that I already knew what was coming didn’t taint the story at all.


In the end, this novel was was fun to read and provided an awesome world to dive into. Each character was written beautifully, even if I didn’t fully agree with all of them. Everyone easily fit into the Cinderella story, but also held a unique story of their own that was amazing to read. I would recomend this novel that is looking for an easy Sci-Fi read that doesn’t hold too complicated a plot that requires lots of thinking.

Cover Art:

This beautifull cover art was created by Tomer Hanuka.

Let’s Talk:
  • Have you read Cinder or any other novel from the Lunar Chronicles?
    • If so, did you enjoy it?
  • Do you think Sci-Fi Cinderella is a good idea?
  • What is your favorite retelling?

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