The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

“I am not human. I am a cyborg. I am mechanic. That’s all I am….right?”

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Synopsis:

Linh Cinder is New Beijing’s best mechanic and world’s most loathed step daughter so when Prince Kaito the heir to The Commonwealth approaches her to fix a beloved android her only goal is to not screw it up. For the most part Cinder’s life is ordinary if you count the fact that she’s part cyborg and her closest friend is a service droid named Iko.

But tragedy strikes Cinder’s family and she suddenly finds herself given up to the Cyborg draft to cure the ever deadly Letumosis plague with nowhere to turn but the eccentric Doctor Erland for help.  While trying to hide who she really is from Prince Kai, Cinder finds herself in a battle of wills with her guardians and her heart.

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Prince Kai is The Commonwealth’s most eligible bachelor with the weight of the remaining world on his shoulders. His father is dying from Letumosis and the threat of war from the evil Lunar Queen Levana looms on the horizon so with what little time he has left Kai decides to search for the missing Princess Selene; The only one with the power to stop Levana.

Caught in a battle of what is right for the needs of the many and what is right for his own happiness, Prince Kai will risk his life and future to protect the land and people that he loves. In the first installment of The Lunar Chronicles Meyer will make a surprisingly dark twist on the fairytale classic Cinderella. Click the picture above to go to Goodreads.

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My Thoughts:

I walked by this series for years and I am beating myself up for waiting so long. The first book in the dystopian sci-fi takes part in New Beijing which makes up part of the Eastern Commonwealth. This is where wefollow Linh Cinder a renowned mechanic who was remade into a part human/part robot hybrid following an accident in her youth that nearly kills her. If you know the story behind Cinderella then you know there’s a wicked Step mom (Adri) and two step sisters (Peony & Pearl). In this retelling Peony does love Cinder and Iko and defends them against the tirades of their mother and sister which is a relief because the whole of the Commonwealth is against Cinder unless she’s doing them a service. I have to say that Iko was one of my favorite “sibling” characters with her overwhelmingly charming personality chip and her love and devotion for Cinder. Hell, the way they loved each other tugged at my heart strings a bit. Okay who am I kidding. A LOT. Iko is Cinder’s right hand man and only wants to help Cinder and brush up on her sarcasm in the mean time.

“We all have our weaknesses.”

“I know,” said Iko. “Mine is shoes.”

The story progressed rather slowly in my opinion but this is the first book in a series that spans over 2,000 pages so it was all world building for the story to come. It finally picks up when Cinder encounters the plague in the Junkyard and from there is taken into custody of Dr. Erland after Adri blames Cinder for a certain spoiler I won’t reveal. While working with Dr. Erland Cinder slowly begins to suspect that she isn’t just some cyborg full of spare parts. There is so much that is complex about Cinder, from her wiring to her very history.

“Miss Linh, somebody went through a great deal of trouble to bring you here, and now you are in extreme danger. You cannot jeopardize yourself.”

Now Prince Kai’s POV was the one that I found most interesting; His chapters have a lot of the important dialogue because he’s leader of the Commonwealth, I also loved how genuine his character was in all aspects as well. One of the parts that I most looked forward to was the interactions between the world leaders and their decisions regarding The Lunars. The whole of the delegation is diverse (in race and gender) and they all have important roles to play in the story since the world leaders are so few after Letumosis ravaged the world. A lot of the struggle within Kai’s chapters was the fact that Queen Levana wants Kai’s throne and is determined to do absolutely anything to get it which includes marriage as the back up option, so you can guess what her first option is. War.

“I’m afraid we no longer need to speculate if Levana intends to start a war against Earth. Our sources lead me to believe that war is not only likely but imminent.”

The last half of the book was a pretty steady read while you wait for Cinder to decide whether or not to warn Prince Kai about Queen Levana’s plan to steal his throne or to get the hell outta dodge and never look back. Obviously it wouldn’t be Cinderella without a ball that Cinder unexpectedly crashes looking like she just got out of an accident. (which she did). The story ends with Cinder being approached by a certain character with very important news about her past that sets the adventure up for the next book.

“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”

I also loved the slow burn between Kai and Cinder in this book, the romance was definitely there but it wasn’t the focal point of the book which is nice because I hate when the main character can’t focus long enough to get anything done. Luckily Cinder is the Queen of self preservation and Meyer likes her female protaganists independent. It doesn’t stop Cinder from overheating whenever Prince Kai is in close proximity though.

“I know this is stupid, but part of me felt like if I could come see you today, if I could convince you to go with me tonight, then maybe I could still change things. It’s dumb. I know. It’s not like Levana cares if I, you know, might have actual feelings for someone.”

Cinder is the only person I know that can be denial about someone’s feelings for her when they say it straight to her face. Like hellllllloooooooo?

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Wrap up:

Overall I thought that the first installment was a great build up for the rest of the series even if it was kind of long. I’m currently on the third installment and so far i’m enjoying it much more than the first two. I would recommend this story to anyone who has a love for sci-fi novels with an exciting twist, it’s not as dark as what i’m used to but I have hopes that as the series progresses Queen Levana will prove to be a worthy villain. I rated this book 4/5 🌟

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“If there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.”

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Stay tuned for my review of Scarlet!

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6 thoughts on “The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder by Marissa Meyer”

  1. This is a fab review! It sounds like just the kind of book series that I know I’ll love. Sci-fi, yes please. A twist on a fairy tale, yes please. It ticks all the right boxes. I get what you mean about not liking it when a character can’t focus on anything long enough to get things done, especially when their focus is on a love interest because that gets old fast. I love that there’s a slow burn of a romance in this because, let’s face it, there’s a whole series of these books for them to develop that love… IF they develop that love. Who knows, anything can happen. Thanks to your review I’m seriously considering putting this to the top of my TBR pile.

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    1. Yes honey!!! I love the slow burn because it makes the big moments between the characters so much better and you should totally start this series! The girls are all so independent and the retellings are so fun. It is a super long journey so prepare for a ride 😂 ugh I love your feedback ITS SO GOOD.

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