Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)



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. (Summary and cover courtesy of


This book was FANTASTIC!! I have been hearing about “Cinder” for ages and was somewhat dreading giving it a shot since I had heard such rave reviews.  The book did not let me down, however, everything about it went beyond expectations.  Though the book was a loose retelling of Cinderella, I still found quite a few twists and turns in the book.  The way Cinder and Kai get to know each other is also really sweet.

This book could have easily taken on too much as there are a lot of things going on: potential romance, cyborg societal status, spreading illness, political conflict and a science fiction, but Meyer blends it beautifully that never felt forced.  The book definitely ends in a cliff-hanger though, so be prepared to commit to the whole series!

Warning: Contains some violence.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Young adult fans looking for a science fiction twist!

Want to read the whole series?