Review – Cinder
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  • August 30, 2011

Once in a while you discover a book that really stands out; a book that excites and restores faith in the book market and in writers’ creativity as a whole. Cinder, a 2012 debut novel by Marissa Meyer, is such a book. I am so excited to write this review for the book. And, be forewarned, I will be gushing. At length.Cinder is a cyborg living on Earth in the future. She was taken in by a man as an orphan while she was living in Europe. The kindly man died soon after of a plague that is spreading throughout the world, leaving Cinder at the disposal of Adri, a cruel and calculating woman. Now, years later, Cinder is employed as a mechanic in a shop in the market and reminded constantly of her place. One day the prince, Kai, enters her shop with a request, and a broken android. This event sets into motion a story that is fresh and creative, and familiar all at the same time.


There’s a reason that Fairy Tales keep appealing to generations of readers. The themes utilized in these stories are just as meaningful, poignant, and evocative as they were centuries ago; as they will be centuries from now. We continue to be charmed by these stories because they are much of the foundation of what we read today, what writers work around. Meyer has done something very smart in taking this beloved story and setting it in the future.; she’s subtly implying that these elements of storytelling will live on to captivate future readers. This simple decision of time period and setting underscores this notion beautifully.

I love how jaded and real Meyer’s Cinderella is. Cinder is an ideal heroine for young women to be reading in this age of drippy female leads. Cinder is all strength, and quick wit, and spunk, and sardonic mouth, and action. She is the kind of character who gets business done and takes names later. I absolutely adored this character and I loved how Meyer maneuvered her story within the story. Her idea is so inventive she should patent it; future impending war, a Lunar Queen, a plague, political scheming, and a classic myth. Awesome. Perfect. I read the entire book with a smile on my face and now my cheeks are aching with delight.

The ball scene…the ball. Wow! Go Marissa Meyer!

I know there are more planned in this series – I suspect a trilogy, since everything is a trilogy these days. She ended this book on a very pronounced cliffhanger that I am angry at (because I have to wait for the next book). I cannot wait to see what Meyer does with a sequel. She has hinted at other fairy tale characters within this world and I hope she figures out ways to incorporate their tales into this idea. I want to see how these allusions pan out.

And gods, I hope they leave in the line about the dominatrix queen throwing a tantrum (please don’t cut that out! please don’t cut that out! please don’t cut that out!).

This has shot up to one of my favourite books of 2011. 10 out of 5 stars. I positively, ridiculously love this book!

– BP

* Cinder releases January 3rd, 2012.

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4 Comments

SusieBookworm (Susanna)

2011-08-30 16:45:37 Reply

Great review! I’ve heard about this from others recently and thought it sounded absolutely fascinating; it’s nice to hear that it lives up to expectations!

Meghan

2011-08-31 03:34:01 Reply

Really liked this review. You make the book sound kick-ass!

bibliopunkk

2011-08-31 12:31:54 Reply

The book makes the book sound kick ass, I just loved it. A lot. I really appreciate a determined heroine since many authors are still writing Bella wannabes.

The Lovely Getaway

2011-09-04 08:12:40 Reply

I first saw this book on your fcbk and I fell in love with the cover. Now, thanks to your review, I know for a fact I’ll have a girl crush on the author. I love fairytale retelling’s (especially if they come with a twist). & I agree with Meghan; you make it seem like it’d be alright for us to sell an organ for an ARC of this book (anyone need a liver?) 🙂 Only messing…. but truth be told, I will be eagerly awaiting the release of Cinder.