It was my first proper fantasy science fiction and I adored it! I was reading it with a friend who you might know as @sammyreadsbooks on Instagram and that’s why I think I really enjoyed my reading journey as I could share my feelings with someone that was reading Cinder for the first time at the same time.
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 had always found fairytale retellings fascinating as they are loosely based on a story that I am already familiar with and I love seeing authors put their own twist on it as it makes it that much more interesting, this was definitely what happened whilst I was reading Cinder. For some reason I kept putting it off, probably because I thought it was going to be quite scientific and not interesting but I was wrong – this story contains quite a good romance and sister and friend relationship which is one thing I loved about the whole story. Spoilers can be found ahead!
In this story I had a lot of favourite characters like Cinder – the protagonist, Prince Kai – the love interest, Iko – Cinders companion, Peony – the nice sister and we got a glimpse of Cress I believe at the end who I really felt connected to even though we didn’t really get to know a lot about her. I’m not even going to lie I want to hate Queen Levana, who is the villain, but I kind of like her and I think she has become one of my favourite villain. There is just something about her that I find fascinating as she is quite a hidden , no I should say mysterious character that I just want to know more about her and her past. In general I think Marissa Meyer was quite successful at making the Lunar population quite unique as I have never read anything quite like it.
The main protagonist, Lin Cinder, was a very relatable character as she really fell real to me. She is a teenage cyborg girl who when she is in the presence of a good looking boy she becomes awkward and embarrassed which I loved about her. Plus the scenes with her and Kai were adorable especially when he kept asking her to go to the ball, my own heart fluttered and I felt really bad for him when she kept declining him ;( but then I do understand why she did what she did. What was different in this story compared to the original version is that Cinder was actually quite close without if her stepsisters, Peony, who I though was the cutest girl I have ever seen but then she catches that horrible disease and everything gets worse for Cinder and Iko.
Now for me the story didn’t really keep me guessing but I did still find it interesting, it was quite easy to pick up the clues that Cinder was different – that she was a Lunar, and that Dr Erland was different too. Speaking of the Doctor some of the things he said had me laughing out loud like ‘Wakey, wakey, sleeping beauty.’ One of the scenes that made me tear up was when Cinder visits Peony for the last time and Peony’s life escapes her whilst she is in Cinders arms as the things she said to her were beautiful and sweet, I felt so bad for Cinder as she lost the only other person that cared for her.
I think the only thing I would have changed about the story is that I would have loved to see more of Cinders life before she meets Prince Kai as then I could have felt like I knew more about her and understood her more. However I still don’t think that really bothered me as I ended up flying through this book which is alway a good thing.
Overall I rated the book ♥♥♥♥♥ as there was really nothing that made me feel disappointed and I loved it in the end, it has also made me really want to continue on with the series so I really need to order the rest of The Lunar Chronicles.
Tell me in the comments below what you thought of Cinder and tell me which is your favourite in the series as I would love to know. Hope you enjoyed reading my review and I hope you have a good day.