The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder | Book Review

Cinder is a cyborg who lives with her adoptive step mother and her two step sisters. In order to make a living, Cinder is a mechanic, and a pretty well known one. She is so well known for her work that the Prince himself comes to Cinder in order to get his android fixed. There has been, however, a plague going around the city, killing thousands including the emperor. One of Cinder’s step sisters falls victim to it, leading to the discovery that Cinder is resistant to this plague. Cinder has agreed to become a science experiment in order to find a cure for the disease as long as her step sister gets the antidote. There’s two problems, one is the Cinder must come to the castle to be tested on without anyone knowing what she is doing, and two is the prince resides at the castle and he does not yet know Cinder is a cyborg nor does she want him to. She has an important responsibility and she must stay committed to finding a cure.

In case you missed it, Cinder is a futuristic, dystopian, retelling of Cinderella. Except instead of losing her class slipper at the ball, Cinder will actually lose her whole metal foot at the ball (perks of being a cyborg). Cinder is a fearless character. Her love and dedication for the people she cares about is truly astonishing. I love how strong the character Cinder was. She might have started crushing on the prince but she never allowed him to blind her from her responsibilities.

Marissa Meyer’s style of writing is incredible. I absolutely loved how sarcastic Cinder was, and how blunt she was. Cinder was the kind of girl who said what she said and did not care who didn’t like it or who was offended. The best part about this book is it doesn’t solely focus on a romantic relationship. Instead, Marissa Meyer’s shows how loyal Cinder is by sharing parts of her friendship with Iko and her love for her sister as she fights for a cure. This wasn’t a story about Prince Charming rescuing the girl but rather the girl putting herself in danger to rescue everyone from this deadly plague. The only complaint I could give was there wasn’t many scenes between Kai and Cinder, but, like I said before, that was a good thing because it was a fairy tale dealing with far more than just romance. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, even if you are not a huge fairy tale person!