The Lunar Chronicles #1: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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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 to protect her world’s future.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a wonderfully imaginative, exciting, and suspenseful retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella that is sure to glue readers to their chairs.

Cinder certainly did glue me to my chair. My only regret when reading this book was the fact that I wasn’t able to read it in one sitting. You can only imagine how antsy I got waiting to keep reading. This book was so great! The storytelling- by itself- was not anything ridiculously interesting, but, the story was so imaginative! It is a tad bit weird but so good!
First off, the characters were good. Nothing amazing, but I found Cinder to be very relatable. She was hardworking, sarcastic, but sensitive, and protective. I liked most aspects of her character. However, Kai was kinda boring. Sure he had some depth to him to an extent but all in all, he was just the sexy love interest. It was boring. However, his storyline is extremely interesting and I can’t wait to see how it keeps going in the next books!

The story was one of the best parts of the book. It was unique, exciting, and heart-wrenching at a couple of parts! It was fast-moving, but not so fast that there was no time for character development. I can’t say a whole lot about the story/plotline without giving too much away, but just know that it was good!

The message was mediocre. It was about not being ashamed of yourself, as is part of the message of the classic fairytale. However, seeing as it was a retelling I was hoping for something more. Something deeper. It didn’t give me want I wished. Although the message was not terrible.

The setting was extremely interesting! It is futuristic, but so much that it is unbelievable. I loved that there were references to our American history and other histories around the world. I liked that the author highlighted the architectural details of the palace and how it was built in the image of current Asian palaces. There was a lot of thought put into the setting that I really enjoyed. At first, I was weirded out, but I soon learned the ingenuity of it!

Triggers: a few mild curse words, kissing, romance, peril from a virus, explicit death/dying/decaying scenes.

Overall, this is a great book for teens or older who are sci-fi or fantasy lovers! Also, if you are a fan of MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy, you might enjoy this book to, for I got major throwbacks to that movie while reading this book.

Well, that’s all for today! What did y’all think of this book? Unique or cliche?
Thanks for reading everyone!! God bless!

A book is a garden carried in the pocket.

Chinese Proverb

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