Cyborgs and Moon People: A Review of CINDER by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Marissa Meyer
387 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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’m always on the lookout for the next unforgettable read. For the book that will leave me breathless, that will linger in my mind, and will leave me begging for more.

   I’ve found it. In six letters. Between the covers of a book with a red slipper. I’ve found it in Cinder. The year 2012 hasn’t even begun yet, and I already have a 2012 favorite.

  To describe Cinder as a futuristic retelling of Cinderella would probably be a lie. Because its more than that. Despite the elements of Cinderella, Cinder is something else. Cyborgs, politics, people who live on the moon, Cinder is most definitely something else. Something that will leave your mind boggling. Something that will leave you with one question: how did she think of that??

   Marissa Meyer weaves a story unlike any other in the pages of her debut novel. Not a word in all of 387 pages is wasted. And you won’t want to skip a single one.

   Cinder is New Beijing’s best mechanic – its no secret if even Prince Kaito of the Commonwealth seeks her service. The prince takes a liking to Cinder from the very beginning, but Cinder knows it will never work. If he knew what she really was – a frowned upon, disdained cyborg, he would regret his every word with her.

    Yet Cinder is strong. Her hardcore character emanates from her every decision. And despite the horrible way her stepmother treats her, she still finds comfort in her work. She still finds a way to hope and live in a world dying from an incurable plague.

    The subject of the Lunars fascinated me. The fact that Meyer takes the notion of ‘men on the moon’ and churns it into people residing on the moon with the ability to alter bioelectricity to their will – or brainwash – was pure genius.

    Cinder is a must-read. Marissa Meyer’s debut will captivate you from the very first words and linger in your mind long after the last page is turned. Unputdownable, unbelievable, and incredible. If you ever find yourself in need of a reason to rush to your nearest bookstore this January, Cinder should be it.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

December 30, 2011



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    Jessica ( frellathon )

    December 29, 2011

    I just finished this myself yesterday oh it's good. Gotta write my own review up soon.

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    December 29, 2011

    This sounds fascinating I'm really curious. Especially that everyone seems to really love it. I def. like strong characters as well! Awesome review!

    Xpresso Reads

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    December 29, 2011

    This was a great review! I posted my rave review today too. Wish I didn't have to wait for the second book…

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    December 29, 2011

    Thanks for the fantastic review. I have been hearing a lot about this book lately and am looking forward to reading it.

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    Rummanah Aasi

    December 29, 2011

    I'm so curious as to how the cyborg elements are worked in this retelling. It sounds absolutely fascinating and I can't wait to read it!

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    December 29, 2011

    I loved this one too Hafsah! I agree it's so much more than a simple Cinderella retelling, I love all the new elements Marissa added, they really just catapulted this story into something all its own:)

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    December 29, 2011

    I cannot wait to read this book! So dying to read it!. Great review! Im so curious about retelling my favorite fairy tale.


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    December 29, 2011

    I'm always on the lookout for really strong characters so I will definitely have to bump this up on my reading list. Sounds like a fabulous read! :)

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    December 29, 2011

    Yay! So happy you loved it too! I loved that it was so different yet I could relate to and understand Cinder. She was just a normal girl. But not… I can't wait for the next book!

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    December 29, 2011

    JINX! We are Cinder review twins today. I love what you had to say. Miss you.

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    December 29, 2011

    Hm… in the beginning I was skeptical. But I read one gushing review after the other so.. I guess I have to read it :-)
    Plus, the idea sounds great and unique!

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    Lauren M

    December 29, 2011

    Oh my goodness. I LOVED Cinder! I'm so glad you did, too! I just couldn't get over how magical and creative it was! Like you said, it's definitely a must-read book. :) Great review, Hafsah!

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    December 29, 2011

    Reading Cinder now, and you are SO right, Hafsah! Loving it!

    Great review!


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    December 29, 2011

    Such an awesome review! I so agree about everything. It's definitely one of my favorite '12 reads already and I seriously cannot wait for the sequel.

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    Sierra Abrams

    December 29, 2011

    Great review!! I'm BEYOND excited to read this book…so far, almost everyone who has read it has been delighted and amazed at how fresh and awesome it is – so I'm hoping I'll feel the same way. It better hurry up at the library!! >:)

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    Eden (The Prickly Reader)

    December 29, 2011

    This sounds so fascinating! I've been waiting to get my hands on this book for so long. Just a little bit longer :)

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    Book Sp(l)ot

    December 29, 2011

    I've read an itty bit of my arc of this . . . I keep trying to convince myself to finish one more book before I really get going in it (I just got it last week).

    I might have to give up on it, though, and start it tonight :D

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    December 30, 2011

    This book is soooo fantastic! I loved the mythology, Cinder, and the whole world Meyer created. Can't wait to read more. Great review.

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    Juju at Tales of

    January 12, 2012

    Excellent review! This sounds awesome.

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    Ana Death Duarte

    January 12, 2012

    A strong female character, the lovely mix of robots and fairy tales… how not to love Cinder? It's already my favorite and I have not even read that book! (LOL) Me wants that! =]
    And… the moon? I need to read it soon (and/or listen to this!)

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    January 12, 2012

    Amazing review! :D
    Makes me want the book even more know.

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    January 12, 2012

    Great review! I can't wait to read Cinder. I think books about cyborgs or any type of machinery mixed with people will be the next big thing :)

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    January 12, 2012

    Sounds great! I can't wait to read it! :)

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    January 12, 2012

    I'm so excited for this book! I can't wait to read it. I love fairy tales and their retellings so this one sounds awesome! It's amazing how Marissa combine a traditional fairy tale with a sci-fi. I love how it's a cyborg Cinderella, someone that sounds like she would kick butt! Oh, and I think it's awesome that it's set in Beijing!

    Chen Chang

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    January 13, 2012

    This makes me want to read Cinder even more!!!! I love the idea of all these different cultures/societies clashing together. Really intriguing!

    Thanks for the review!

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    Kathrine Roid

    January 15, 2012

    I'd not really heard about Cinder before. Definitely sounding cool.

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    January 17, 2012

    I've seen the cover before and thought it looked good but this review really made me want to read it!

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    January 21, 2012

    I absolutely LOVED this one too. I'm just dying to get my hands on the next one. I'm such a huge fan of fairy tale re-tellings. Most excited for the Snow White, which is of course the last book.

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    January 21, 2012

    I just got my copy in the mail, and I can't wait to start it. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it so much.

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    January 27, 2012

    I'm so excited, I am reading this one next. Right after I finish Eden by Keary Taylor. Totally recommend it if you haven't read it yet.

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    January 27, 2012

    I'm so excited, I am reading this one next. Right after I finish Eden by Keary Taylor. Totally recommend it if you haven't read it yet.

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    January 28, 2012

    This is like the number one book i have been lusting after. Great Review! I need to get my hands on a copy of this book!

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    January 28, 2012

    I'm very curious about this book. I've seen lots of people reading it. And seems most loved it. Maybe i need to read it. Thanks.

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    Eli Yanti

    January 29, 2012

    thanks for the review that make me really excited especially i love cinderella story ;)

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    Chi Kittie

    February 1, 2012

    Wow, super duper review. I keep hearing about this book and how amazing it is. I am SO glad I am going to be able to read it soon. From the looks of your review you really loved it. :)

    – Beckie

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    Laurie Carlson

    February 4, 2012

    This book is out of the genres I read, which is why I want to give it a try! Thanks for the great review!

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    Shandy Jo

    February 6, 2012

    I keep hearing really good things about this book. I have to check it out. Thanks for the review.

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    February 7, 2012

    I was hesitant on picking this up because I kinda dont like the cover but now I'm on page 30 and it's picking up pace:) Great review, btw=D

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    Maji Bookshelf

    February 11, 2012

    yay im glad you likes it!! :D I recently bought it from TBD and its on its waay! Im glad you reaally loved it :D
    Great review! Hope it will also be my 2012 fav

    Farah @Majibookshelf

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    aurora M.

    March 3, 2012

    Thanks for the review. I have this one in the TBR pile! Can't wait.

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    October 15, 2012

    Great review! The subject of the Lunars fascinated me too. The whole concept of the book was absolutely brilliant, and it's one of my favourites of this year too. :-)

    Ramblings of a Daydreamer

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    October 28, 2012

    Awesome review! I def need to get Cinder! :D