10 Reasons to Read Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Posted August 28, 2015 by Carlisa in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

10 Reasons to Read Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Also by this author: Fairest, Scarlet, Cress
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3, 2012
Genres: YA, Fairytale, Retelling, Science Fiction
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is one of the most iconic fairy tale retelling. It’s the story of Cinderella (I hope you were able to figure that out from the title) but with some major differences. Differences which make the book so lovable and unique. So here I am, telling you the reasons why you should read Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

  1. Cinder is a cyborg. Sci-fi Cinderella. This is such a unique concept and I love it. It takes place in the future in New Beijing with cyborgs and androids and hovercars. Not exactly the classic horse-drawn carriage scenario.
  2. Cinder isn’t the dainty little princess we know and love from Disney. – She’s awesomely sarcastic. She’s a mechanic who isn’t afraid to get dirty. In fact, grease can almost always be found on her face or arms. And she doesn’t need a fairy godmother to save the day. She does it herself. And that’s pretty cool, I think.
  3. This quote:
    “Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
  4. And this one:
    “Cinder twisted up her lips. ‘Do you think it could have a virus?’
    ‘Maybe her programming was overwhelmed by Prince Kai’s uncanny hotness.’” [lol]
  5. And this one:
    “They were beautiful. The most beautiful things she’d ever owned. But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.”
  6. The secondary characters are wonderful. Sometimes the small, secondary characters are my favorites in a book. And in Cinder, I just love Peony and Iko. Peony is one of her step-sisters and Iko is her android. Both have such lovely personalities and Iko, though a robot, is hilarious.
  7. Prince Kai. *cough* ‘Nough said.
  8. The original fairy tale magic. Even though it’s a retelling and has a lot of new additions, this story still retains the magic that is Cinderella. Fairy tales are classics for a reason. They’re magical stories.
  9. At least one of the “Ugly Stepsisters” isn’t so ugly. Like I said before, I love Peony, Cinder’s stepsister. In the classic tale, the sisters are both horrible people…so I like that Meyer kind of changed things a bit. She made one of the sisters lovable and fun and bubbly and sympathetic and just overall wonderful. Peony loved Cinder and Cinder loved Peony. And I think that relationship helped Cinder to become the strong girl she is.
  10. Because I said so. Yeah, this should be reason enough…Just kidding, but not really.

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  • Jordyn @ J. Bookish

    I like to listen to audiobooks at work, and the first time I started this one I almost immediately turned it off; I heard cyborg and Cinderella and she was quite cranky at the beginning and the picture in my mind was not AT ALL how the story turned out! I gave it a chance after I saw a million reviews about it being amazing, and it is! Can’t wait for Winter asjoesje;ojf ;oi

    • I’m glad you kept going! It’s not a perfect book by far. The ending is kind of predictable but I just enjoy the story and I love it! AND I KNOW. WINTER. 800 PAGES. SDOSIAJDISOADSADOJSAID

  • Brittany

    Awww YAY! I love your 10 reasons! That was so much fun to read — and they’re all SO true ;D
    SO glad you’re enjoying the read along so far! 😀

    • Thanks Brittany! You’re so awesome. You’re especially awesome for hosting the Readalong!

  • Rissi

    Reason number 7 suggests an amazing prince? I’m SO ready for this series. 🙂

  • This is definitely a book I was wary of reading because of the whole cyborg thing. I was like “how am I going to be into a cyborg cinderella??” But I was!!! I was bummed that I let something like that kept me from reading such a good series for so long! Definitely CAN’T wait for Winter!!!