CinderCinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Pub: 2012

A mechanic in a future world tries to save her stepsister from a plague and prevent the handsome prince form finding out that she’s really a cyborg.

Opening lines:

The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one grinding twist after another.

With the recent release of the third book in this series, I found myself wondering once again why I hadn’t taken the time to read this yet. It’s got a fun mix of elements, from fairy-tale re-tellings to cyborgs to an insane/supernatural race of people that live on the moon. It’s one of those things that sounds so crazy, there’s no way it can’t be awesome.

What I liked: I loved the sci-fi aspects (the mind control, the cyborgs, the search for a vaccine for a worldwide plague) and how the author tied in so many of the Cinderella elements (a cruel stepmother, a handsome prince throwing a ball, even an old beat-up car the color of a pumpkin) and yet made it new and fresh, turning Cinder into a character who was trying to rescue the Prince, rather than the other way around. And on that note, it was nice to see a female lead who didn’t spend the entire book swooning over the handsome love interest.

What I didn’t like: Well, if you’re paying attention at all, you’re likely to be able to figure out the ‘twist’ at the end within the first fifty pages or so. It also ends on a cliffhanger, so be sure to have Scarlet ready to pick up as soon as you’re done with it.

Overall: Really fun sci-fi twist on a fairy tale


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