Book: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4.5/5

Cinder-Marissa Meyer

Cinder does not have a good life. Marissa Meyer recreated a science fiction novel, retelling Cinderella with some twists and turns. Marissa Meyer was always a fairy-tale lover. She started when she was eight years old with her fairy-tale love. As a child, she loved to dress up as fairy-tale characters. When in 2008, she entered a writing competition. There, she wrote a futuristic version of “Puss and Boots”. That gave her the idea of Cinder and the further novels in “The Lunar Chronicles”. She wrote Cinder for young adults or kids 12 years old and up. Lihn Cinder is a cyborg girl, who her guardian doesn’t want at all. After witnessing her stepsister contract a deadly plague that has been sweeping through New Beijing, she “volunteers” for a vaccination experiment by her stepmother command. She meets the handsome Prince Kai and gets entwined in an intergalactic battle of the Lunar race.







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Marissa Meyer recreated a science fiction novel, retelling Cinderella with some twists and turns. Marissa Meyer was always a fairy-tale lover. She started when she was eight years old with her fairy-tale love. As a child, she loved to dress up as fairy-tale characters. When in 2008, she entered a writing competition. There, she wrote a futuristic version of “Puss and Boots”. That gave her the idea of Cinder and the further novels in “The Lunar Chronicles”. She wrote Cinder for young adults or kids 12 years old and up.


Writing Style:

Cinder was a great book with some interesting plot twists. I wish Meyer would have gone more in depth with Queen Levena’s background and story, as I was very interested in the history of Lunars, and their unusual powers. Marissa Meyer uses some advance words, like gussied and soldered, along with some real and made-up engineering terms like, magbelt and fuel injectors. The book was very keen on plot twists, but didn’t do a great job putting some back ground on some people, like Peony, which could have added more effect when people around Cinder contacted the plague. The genre of Science Fiction stuck with it throughout the story, with some added romance for Kai and Cinder.


My Thoughts:

This book was a very good book that kept me reading until 10’o clock at night. Marissa Meyer did a wonderful job recreating the magnificent Cinderella through Cinder. Every minute I was not doing anything, I was reading. Cinder had a bad time with her stepmother and I felt for her as she met Prince Kai and he asked for her help. After a few days, he even asks Cinder to the ball, after Cinder is told she can’t go to the ball. I had faith, however, in the author that Cinder would go to the ball, and somehow rid Levena of her place. Sadly Levena captured Cinder, but she escaped. I would recommend this book to people who had grown up with fairy-tales, and are in for a new twist on the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Red Riding Hood. I would rate this book 4.5 star.


Book Reviewed By Daniel Liu


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