A Review of Marissa Meyer’s “Cinder”

As a big fan of Sci Fi Fantasy (yes its an actual genre look up this little movie called Star Wars, if you want an example) Marissa Meyer’s “Cinder” caught my attention, Of course i wouldn’t read any science fiction novel, if I lived by that philosophy then I would waste my time reading absolute stinkers. But there is something unique about cinder, it is the classic Cinderella story draped in a cloth of futuristic themes. It is a promising concept, and a very unique one. The question is, is Cinder a good read?  Even after burning through it to reach its very unfulfilling conclusion, I still have no idea. It is an entertaining read, It was simple to get into the story of Lihn Cinder, and her life as a cyborg in New Beijing. But thats only the surface of the story, Lihn Cinder lives in a wildly imaginative world, and sadly this is where my biggest gripe with this novel arises. Reading the first few pages I was genuinely excited, after all thats why I picked up the novel in the first place, the first few pages drew me in. All the talk about A cyborg girl, New Beijing, and the Lunar Empire. “This is going to be an amazing Sci Fi fantasy novel” I thought, but it really wasn’t. I still dont know how Cinder could exactly fall in Love with Prince Kai, she is a robot after all, who are the Lunar Empire people, that question remains unanswered. It seems to me that Meyer decided to not delve into the unique characteristics of the world she created, just to keep Cinder’s story moving at a breakneck pace. Sadly she sacrificed substance and meaning, cinder is a superficial book, yes at points it is entertaining, but I was never transported to a another world through this literature, and ultimately I never gained anything from it.

Word Count: 320

Goodreads, Information on novel

A more positive view on “Cinder”, to contrast my personal opinions.


Cinder is Melissa Meyer’s first in a much wider series.

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