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.


Marissa Meyer brings to life a new and a never before retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella. Instead of friendly mice and magical fairy godmothers, Cinder has an android with a quirky personality to keep her company and a gift that only the Lunars have. She is treated by her neighbors and her step-family as if she is the plague herself. Cinder hides behind combat boots and work gloves in order to hide her prosthetic hand and foot, until everything changes when she meets Prince Kai and Doctor Erland. Cinder is the first book of the Lunar Chronicles. The setting of the book is in “New Beijing”, China, after the fourth world war.

This book is where dystopian fiction meets fairy tale. For the readers who enjoy retellings of fairy tales, Cinder is one extraordinary book to read. When I first saw the book, I was quite skeptical about the idea of the story, but now I would say it is one of my personal favorite retellings of Cinderella and an overall favorite.

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
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This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

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