Sash: Cinder by Marissa Meyer – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
Feiwel & Friends, 387 Pages
Sub-genre: Retelling/Science Fiction
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Voice Actor: Rebecca Soler
Recommended by: Em (and everyone else!)

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I’ll admit that when I first heard about Cinder, I was a bit skeptical. Fine, A LOT skeptical. Not only are fairytale retellings a hard thing to pull off in terms of creativity, but even with the right idea, the execution has got to be there as well. There’s a storyline that everyone knows so well, so how will this plot and story play out in a similar but different kind of way. It’s just not possible – but OH, it is!

I love love love the cyborg/futuristic world that Cinder takes place in; it’s both familiar and alien. Marissa Meyer reworked this classic story into something totally new and fresh and I was so caught up in it that I almost forgot that it was a retelling!

My only question is why didn’t someone force this book down my throat aka MAKE me read it? This series has that special something that makes me read past the first two books (Yes, I’ve already both Scarlet and Cress).

  • October 23, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Pam@YAEscapefromReality - I was really hesitant to read Cinder too. I kept seeing it around, even in airports, but I just wasn’t interested. Finally I picked it up and I loved it! Such a fantastic series. So lucky you got to read Cress already!ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2013 - 12:07 am

    Amanda @ Hell-Bent to Read - Yes! I didn’t read this book until about a month or two ago, and I was kicking myself for putting it off for so long. I loved the original spin that Marissa did with it, all while doing those nods to the key scenes in the original tale!ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2013 - 10:55 am

    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I am always surprised by how much I loved Cinder and Scarlet because I really don’t like science fiction. But the Lunar Chronicles are probably my favorite series currently. I mean, series that aren’t finished.ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    Lisa Schensted - Yes! I was the same and didn’t read this book FOREVER and it was the worst decision ever! So glad you finally got around to reading it and loving it!

    SO glad to hear Cress is as good as this one and Scarlet. Not that I really doubted it but you know.ReplyCancel

  • October 28, 2013 - 12:04 am

    Sash: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - AUDIOBOOK REVIEW - […] Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Release Date: February 5th, 2013 Feiwel and Friends, 452 Pages Sub-genre: Retelling Source: Advance Reader Copy Age Group: Young Adult Series: Lunar Chronicles #2 Follow up to: Cinder […]ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2014 - 12:05 am

    Sash: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - AUDIOBOOK REVIEW - […] any sense. I totally understand the appeal for mixing a retelling with something like mythology (Cinder is a great example of a retelling mashing with Science Fiction) but for me, it just didn’t […]ReplyCancel

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