Marissa Meyers’ intergalactic Lunar Chronicles series begins with Cinder.  The conclusion, Winter, was just published in early November 2015, so we’re taking a look back at the series book-by-book beginning with where it all started, Cinder.

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.

  • Cover Art:  I will be honest, for years I refused to pick up this book because of the rounded toe red heel on the cover.  I loved the steampunk X-Ray of the android leg, but couldn’t get past the Minnie Mouse appearance of a round toe shoe. Yes, fashion has that affect on me.  I greatly prefer the Spanish cover:
Marissa Meyer Spain Cinder Cover
Marissa Meyer Spain Cinder Cover
  • Overall:  It was a bit of a slow start, but Meyer builds a book that you simply can’t put down and by the end, when you realize there’s another book in the series, you’re willing to forgo sleep to finish it up.  A FANTASTIC opening book for this tetralogy.
  • Prose Style:  The writing is surprisingly simple in this story, but don’t let that mislead you.  Interspersed with the fairy tale version of Cinderella, Meyer builds upon the traditional fairy tale with an intergalactic account of the struggle between Lunars and Humans.  Meyer does a beautiful job of bookending feelings and sentiments at the beginning of the novel with actions and consequences at the end.  In the meantime, she builds New Bejiing as a crowded, diseased city, mired in politcal drama and possibly on the brink of intergallactic war while simultaneously building a beautiful story between Cinder and Prince Kai.
  • Audiobook Narration:  Rebecca Soler is an excellent narrator.  She flawlessly captures Cinder and Kai’s characters, as well as Dr. Erland’s accent.  I will mention that maybe one person can’t do ALL accents, but it wasn’t distracting from my enjoyment of the audiobook as a whole.
  • Kick-Ass Factor: Cinder is faced with so many strikes against her, that I’m surprised she finds the wherewithal to continue.  But, not only does she fight against Adri & Pearl’s cruelty, but she persists in trying to do right by her loved ones.  I’m team Cinder all the way!
  • Open tab/Last call:  There are coffee liquors, right?  Because I’m leaving my tab open and forgoing sleep until I’m done with this series.
  • Favorite Quote:  “Ruin my life to save a million others? It’s not much of a choice.”
  • Don’t Believe the Hype:  #JoinTheResistance

Order your copy of Cinder here.

Also, read more about the continuation of the Lunar Chronicles series after Winter here.