Book Review: Cinder


ashley | I’m a little late to the game with this, as I was a little hesitant to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I really like this trend of reimagining fairy tales, but I was worried this would just regurgitate the Cinderella story without really any extra creativity. But a bunch of my friends really enjoyed the series so I thought I’d give it a try.

I was really disappointed by page 50, when I saw the entire story laid out for me already. Part ​of​ me wanted to call it quits, I hate catching on to things so quickly, but I did like the android component and the angle that Meyer came at the familiar story, so I pressed on.

​For a familiar fairy tale, Cinder actually stood apart from the Cinderella story. All the important elements are there (a prince, a ball, an evil step mother etc.), but ​​surrounding these events is very much an original sci-fi​ story that is, sadly, predictable but is also completely enjoyable despite that.

The characters are strong, the story flows well, I read this really quickly and easily. If you’re looking for a light and fun read, this will do you well. It’s just one of those books that are pure and solid entertainment and I can’t wait to read the rest. 



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January 3, 2012