Reviewed by Kerri S., Grade 10
Cinder by Marissa Meyer tells the story of a brand new world, created after the Fourth World War. The first book in a fiction tetralogy called The Lunar Chronicles follows a girl named Cinder who became part cyborg after “a hover accident.” The Earthen Union is being ravaged with letumosis, or the blue fever, and is desperate for a cure. Luna, a human colony on the Moon, with a mystical power is ruled by their frightening queen, Levana. Cinder meets Prince Kaito, the heir to the Eastern Commonwealth’s throne, after he comes to her booth to ask her to fix his childhood android, Nainisi. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, accepts. Cinder, and one of her stepsisters go to find parts for Nianisi in a scrapyard where the stepsister, Peony, becomes infected with the blue fever. Cinder is volunteered for the cyborg draft for a cure by her pretentious stepmother. From there, she goes on to find out her true self and help bring justice, peace and order to the galaxy with a band of misfits.
Cinder, and the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, are a blend of something new and something old. Marissa Meyer beautifully mixes fairytales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White with the dreamy future. It’s a galactic version of Into the Woods. It’s action packed and full of fantasy and plot twists, and the series has plenty of strong, empowered female characters. Every character is connected to each other in one way or another, complete with the drama. Even the romance in the backseat for the cosmic travels. The first book elegantly creates and explains this new world. The characters are all relatable, diverse, and complex. There’s never a dull moment with these characters. There’s sassy one-liners, great chemistry between characters, settings beyond your imagination. Cinder could captivate you enough into canceling your Friday night plans.