Book Reviews

Cinder By Marissa Meyer

“They took away her beautiful clothes,dressed her in an old gray smock,
and gave her wooden shoes”

A naive pretty girl tortured by her stepmother and stepsisters. A damsel in distress. She meets her prince charming and they fall in love and he saves her and they live happily ever after. We have all grown up on Cinderella or for that matter fairy tales where the ladies always need the saving. So when i was suggested Cinder as a modern day Cinderella by a friend I was intrigued. I was kind of bored of reading love stories and thought this would be a welcome change.

Synopsis: 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.

What i feel: Cinder is an action packed spin off of Cinderella  set in the future and you just go through it. It is the first book in Lunar Chronicles series and i would say the author Marissa does a wonderful job in taking an age old concept and creating something so different with it. This book has so many simultaneous plotlines intertwined that there is not a single moment you get bored. For one we have the “Cinderella” story of our damsel Cinder who falls for the “Prince” Kai. But is not allowed to go to the ball by “Stepmother” Adri. Secondly we have the Mysterious Lunar Queen Levana, inhabitants who possess the power of persuasion  and influencing human minds. Thirdly we have the worldwide epidemic, which is killing humans and strangely Cinder is immune to it.

The characters are well written. Cinder, the loving,helpful cyborg. Kai, the kind but strong minded heir. Levana, the evil queen who wants to rule all. The only thing I didnt like about it was that it was predictable for me. (Spoilers ahead) As soon as they mentioned about lost princess Selene, I kind of knew that it would be Cinder. However the book does leave you wanting for more. Like whether and how Cinder reaches Africa? What is her next course of action in fighting Levana? Who is that mystery girl who warned Cinder about Levana’s intentions? Will she and Kai meet again? And this is what makes it a perfect first book in the series. I am certainly going to read the next one.

Whether it’s the release of Cursed Child or not but i couldn’t help but make few connections between both Harry Potter and Cinder. Both grew up thinking they were simple human/cyborg and before they know it they are “magical royalty” with powers to destroy the evil villain. Also both were tortured by their adoptive legal guardians. I just hope Adri has a redeeming quality like Aunt Petunia.

I would give it a 3.5/5

My Movie Cast for Cinder would be:

Cinder by Abigail Breslin


Prince Kai by Dave Franco


Queen Levana by Lena Headey



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