Dystopia (YA) | Fantasy (YA) | Science fiction (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (#1 The Lunar Chronicles) re-read

3. May 2018

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

Young Adult/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopia

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

Credit: Goodreads.com

RATING & REVIEW

Rating 2015: ★★★★★/5
Rating 2018: ★★★★☆/5

I wanted to re-read this series, mostly because I fell so hard for it when I initially read it in 2015. I listened to it by audiobook, because whenever I have books that I want to read (but don’t want to spend a lot of time reading) I use audiobook because it gives me the possibility to just listen and enjoy.

I’m a sucker for retellings, and that is one of the reasons why I loved The Lunar Chronicles. I also love the science fiction twist about it, and how Cinderella is an android. I also love the different characters, and how Meyer made this universe match with the one of the classic Cinderella, but at the same time make it totally original and sci-fi!

I love Cinder, I love how bad ass she is, and how much she cares for the people around her. I also love that she’s not the stereotypical character that needs to either be girly or a tomboy. Cinder is perfectly sculpted from both worlds, a mechanic but also totally a girl. I love that!

Iko is also one of my favorite sidekicks of all time. She’s such a cool character that I have loved both times reading this book. I also like how when I read the second book I got a different feeling of our “mother of the year” – because I seriously feel like she isn’t evil, she just doesn’t know any better.

I listened to this on audiobook, and to be honest it kind of enhanced my experience. The fact that the person reading the book makes voices, makes it easier to remember them! I also liked Dr. Erland much better than the first time around, and I hated Queen Levana even more (was that even possible?).

But I wanted the book to be longer, or at least span over more time than it does, because it feels rushed and a bit like “we need to get as much information in here so that we can continue the series”.

But, for some reason I found Kai to be a bit, disappointing? I really liked him the first time around, but this time I actually felt like he needed more depth. He’s just not in it enough for me to like him and root for him and Cinder! Plus it annoys me that he actually reacts the way he does when she tells him she’s a cyborg.

This series is so good, and I can’t wait to continue the series, but I have to put that on hold for a while because I’m so behind on my tbr! If you like science fiction, and you like retellings and strong heroines, this is the perfect series for you!

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