Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer


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 am, by far, a minority in my opinion of this book…but I wasn’t a fan. Now before you send me off to trials for such blasphemy, hear me out. I wanted to love this book, all of my friends have been hyping it up for months/years. I think the hype left me with high expectations…higher than normal and for this I think it started the downfall of Cinder for me.

The greatest problem I had with this book was the foreshadowing, I seriously knew how the book was going to end and how the second book would play out within 30% into Cinder. This was like a giant spoiler for the series to me and really killed my desire to finish it. However, I forced myself to complete it and as anticipated, the story played out exactly as predicted. That extreme foreshadowing made a unique plot boring, I don’t plan on reading the remainder of the series because so much was already spoiled.

I really liked the concept of the story, the synopsis had me excited and wanting to read. Prince Kai was enchanting, swoon-worthy, and selfless. Cinder was resilent and determined. Both characters were relate-able and down to Earth. Cinder’s step-mom and the Lunar Queen are hate-worthy characters who instantly had me wishing their rapid demise…*cough, cough, death*. They were awful characters, I cringed and got irrationally angry at their mention. In the end the book was an easy read but the overly forward foreshadowing killed the story for me.


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