Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd 2012
I read Cinder a few weeks ago, and I made a note to write up a proper review for it when I had time… So, here I am.
Marissa Meyer has created a beautiful anthology series called the Lunar Chronicles, with each book being a retelling of a classic fairy tale.The first book in the series is based on Cinderella, and follows the main character Cinder.
I went into this with really high expectations (holy crap so much hype for this series) and although I really enjoyed it, I didn’t fall completely in love with it. I absolutely loved the retelling aspect of the book, and I thoroughly enjoyed the spin that Meyer put on the classic tale… but there were a few things that fell short for me.
For starters, there were a lot of gaps in the world building *sad face*. It’s like I was expected to know what ‘New Beijing’ looked like, what their culture was like, why it was called ‘New Beijing’ etc.
The characters also felt really one-dimensional and flat to me.
Now, I know it’s a retelling of the classic Cinderella story so there’s Cinderella, the evil stepmother, the stepsisters and the prince… But I was hoping that Meyer would give more depth to the characters in the world she had created. I really wanted to see stronger relationships between them as well – I loved the relationship between Cinder and Peony, but there wasn’t enough!
Aside from those two little negative parts, the book was beautiful. And like I said earlier I did really enjoy it!
The story flowed so well, and once I got over the lack of world building info, I did really sink into the story. One thing I did LOVE about this book was how Meyer twisted the traditional Cinderella character into a strong heroin.
STRONG BAD ASS FEMALE LEAD: CHECK CHECK CHECK.
Cinder’s character growth throughout the story was my favourite thing, and I feel like Meyer did a really good job at making it a believable transformation. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the magical makeover from the original fairy tale didn’t make it into this story – A maid doesn’t need a magical makeover to be beautiful!
All in all this was a beautiful read and I can see why it gets the hype that it does. I will definitely be continuing this series, so hopefully the world builds from this first installment!
Have you read Cinder? Tell me what you thought of it! Or if you haven’t yet, are you planning on giving into the hype and picking it up?