BOOK REVIEW: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1), by Marissa Meyer ~ Why Didn’t You Tell Me I Should Have Read It Sooner? *SPOILER FREE*

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

~ Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1), by Marissa Meyer

Some books barge into your life, at the exact right time, to help you see things from a whole new perspective. They help you get out of your slump and they also bring a touch of optimism in your everyday life.

That’s exactly what happened when I read Cinder, the first instalment in The Lunar Chronicles series, written by Marissa Meyer, last month.

“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.”


Why didn’t you guys tell me I should’ve read this baby sooner?

Having already read Heartless, by Marissa Meyer, I pretty much knew what to expect in terms of writing style. Cinder though was ten times better, if not more, than Heartless.

Taking place in a futuristic world, where humans and androids live, more or less, in harmony, Cinder felt so very relevant to what we’ve been experiencing with COVID over the past couple of years. It was impossible not to feel for those people, who’ve been dealing with a pandemic nobody knew how to cure. It was also impossible not to connect with Cinder herself; a simple girl who just wanted to fit in, to be wanted.

It’s funny, you know… How even at the age of 28, sometimes I feel like a 16-year-old again. How insecurities and anxiousness, fears and dark thoughts amplify themselves, and all I wish is that I were able to be one of my favourite, kick-ass characters, and just deal with this sh*t. Just like Cinder deals with her toxic step-mother and her extremely insecure step-sister.

That’s probably what I loved the most about this novel; it’s characters. They felt real, approachable, relatable, people with whom you could actually have a meaningful conversation. Well, not all of them, of course, but the vast majority of them.

Naturally, there were the character who simply got on my nerves right from their very first appearance. And no, I’m not talking about the Lunars’ queen. I’m talking about her minion. Gosh! Sybil is the kind of person I always stay far, far away from!

I’m not gonna spoil anything for you, because I do believe you need to read this novel, if you haven’t done so already but, what makes this book unique, despite the many characters’ introductions and the world-building, is its effortless narration.

It’s quite clear that Marissa Meyer had a pretty good idea of where the story would go, when she started writing Cinder. I just loved that we got glimpses of what’s gonna happen next and the characters’ stories that we’ll follow in the next three instalments. I loved that I never got bored while reading the book and that the finale was just a major cliffhanger, that only made me want more.

What I didn’t really like was the sort-of insta-love and the fact that the biggest reveal of the book was kind of apparent to me, straight from the very beginning.

Nonetheless, Cinder was a really good read, probably the most original one i’ve read so far this year. Which is why I ended up rating it with 4 out of 5 stars, and now I can’t wait to read the sequel, Scarlet.

“We all have our weaknesses.”

“I know,” said Iko. “Mine is shoes.” 

~ Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1), by Marissa Meyer

Have you guys read Cinder? If so, what do you think of this book? Who is your favourite character and why?

Thank you all so very much for stopping by once again. It truly means the world to me and I want you to know that I most certainly don’t take your presence here for granted.

Have a wonderful day, awesome nerds, stay safe & stay positive.

Till next time… Toodles! 🌙

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