10 Jul

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Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Fantasy YA

First Published: 2012

Page Count: 387

Type: Paperback

Film/ TV Adaptation: No

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Note: Book 1 of The Lunar Chronicles 

This story is Cinderella 2.0 with its nod to the classic tale but with a modern, sci-fi twist.


*Unique Retelling     *Strong Original Story


*Famous Ballroom Scene

“’Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just… programmed?’” In the distant future in the city of New Beijing, a mechanic named Cinder, who happens to be a cyborg, spends her days making a living and doing whatever else her stepmother and step sisters ask of her. Until one fateful day when the handsome Prince Kai and Cinder’s paths cross and her life is changed forever. With a deadly disease ravaging the planet and the rising tensions between Earth and the Lunar people on the moon to contend with, Cinder gets pulled into a complex world of politics that will teach her more about herself and her past that will make her question everything she’s ever known.

I put off trying out this series for so long because, frankly, I thought the concept was silly. A cyborg Cinderella? That is neither pretty nor princessy, so how could I possibly enjoy this retelling? Thank goodness for recycled bookstores because I don’t know if I ever would’ve been tempted to buy this book otherwise! Though the book definitely has all the elements that the original Cinderella story has in one form or another, the retelling feels very secondary to the overall plot. The writing is original with the setting taking place in a futuristic city and all the conflicts that are unique to Meyer’s book such as the plague and the Lunar people.

There isn’t much to complain about since this book is action packed but also romantic since it is a Cinderella story. However, my one big disappointment in the book was the hugely important ballroom scene. It is the main thing that everyone remembers about any Cinderella story and I had high expectations for something exciting and different much like what I’d read from the rest of the book. I don’t want to give anything away because it is pretty pivotal to the book, but I was underwhelmed to say the least. I think there could have been some way to have that Hollywood Cinderella moment in this book, but Cinder is not your normal Cinderella. Maybe that is why we are left with a not so traditional ballroom scene?

While I was right in thinking that this book wouldn’t be a fluffy, Disneyesque Cinderella retelling, I was wrong in thinking it would make for a silly story having our Cinderella be a cyborg. It’s a wild concept, but no reason to turn your nose up at this series like I did for far too long! There are great parts to this book that give it an original feel and make it stand on its own against the classic story. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the books in this series to see what happens to Cinder. Will she get her fairytale ending?



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