cinderReviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Reading Grade Level: Age 15+

Summary: Cyborgs, even though they are part human (and started off all human) are deemed second-class citizens. They are owned, not free. What they do is dictated by their owners and if they work the money they earn goes to their owners.

Cinder is a mechanic and a cyborg. She meets Prince Kai at the market when he shows up to have an old generation android repaired. They click pretty well for persons just meeting and of different social classes.

Her late father’s family runs through money like water, but doesn’t work, and the mother is prepping her oldest to capture the hand of the prince. The eldest stepsister is selfish, and has an inflated sense of self-worth.

The younger sister is Cinder’s favorite person. When the girl gets sick, the stepmother blames Cinder and basically shoves her into the hands of police androids to take her away. She will then be used as a lab rat for the scientists trying to find a cure… and the fate of the world rests on her.

Why I started this book:

I started this book after reading the summaries of several young adult books on Audible. I was planning a trip and wanted something fun to listen too. This was pitched as a futuristic (cyborg) Cinderella. A fairytale and science fiction and moon people? Okay, I’m in! It also had hundreds of ratings in the positive… so it can’t be bad… correct?

Why I quit this book:

To answer the previous, self-imposed question — no, not correct. The world building is quite fascinating, but unfortunately it’s based almost entirely on the dreaded “plague.” Disease and sickness in great details take over the narrative. I do not find this fun or entertaining. I tried to buck it up, because the story for the fairytale seemed like it was going to be epic. There is also something about a moon colony / mutation / mind-control/possession peoples/monarchy with supernatural powers, but I didn’t get far enough to figure out what that really was all about and how it would play into the story. Seemed unnecessary…

Buy: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

Rating: DNF (Did Not Finish)

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