Description from Goodreads:

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 has 387 pages and was published in 2013 by Square Fish.

Cinder is a retelling of the traditional Cinderella fairy tale.  It is the story of a young cyborg that must work as a mechanic to support her stepmother and stepsisters.  Much like in the original story, Cinder meets the handsome prince and ends up going to the ball.

Cinder is not exactly what I was expecting.  However, I really enjoyed this book.  I don’t think I would describe it as the best book ever but I do believe that Meyer did an amazing job of recreating a story we have all heard a million times.  I think it was creative and quirky.  I am excited to read the next installation in the series.

Several reviews I read compared Mechanica to Cinder.  Um, really?  Okay.  Well, they are both retellings of Cinderella, they both have robots and they are both mechanics.  The similarity in these books pretty much end there.  I suppose if you wanted a completely original story line – perhaps you shouldn’t be reading a retelling???

Recommended for fans of fairy tales, old and new.

Rating: 4 Plot Monster Spiders


Notable Quotes:

“She briefly wished she did have some sort of magic so she could shoot a bolt of lightning through his head.”
― Marissa MeyerCinder

“The queen’s eyes smouldered. “I know my own kind when I see them, and right now there is one in these city walls.” She pointed a finger toward the balcony.”I want her found and brought to me.”
“Right,” said Kai,”that’ll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I’ll get right on that.”
― Marissa MeyerCinder

MDW original review.  Source:  Library.


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