Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Recommendation: Cinder

Cinder, by Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer
Pages: 400
Ages: 12+

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living in New Beijing. As a plague threatens to sweep the city, she's just doing what she can to keep money flowing in and food on the table for her stepfamily. When Prince Kai stops by the shop for a repair, she finally thinks her luck is taking a turn. It is, but for the worse. When her stepsister succumbs to the plague, Cinder's the one who's blamed. Sent to  the labs as a plague research subject, she soon finds herself entangled in a power struggle between the earthbound ruler Price Kai and the cruel Lunar Queen.

A perfect blend of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, fairytale, and fantasy. Meyer does a beautiful job exploring Cinder's inner struggles as a stepchild (ok, that one was obvious), a racial minority (cyborg)  and a girl with a physical challenge (no foot), while slowly revealing the true story of Cinder's past and the intrigue of an interstellar battle for power. There's so much going on in one book, and I'm terribly impressed that Meyer pulled it off so well!

Note: I listened to this on audiobook -- loved the narrator!

Want more book suggestions? See my other Book Recommendations.

But you don't have to take my word for it
Need some more convincing? Check out the reviews of Cinder at Cupcake and a Latte, Hooked on Books, Parajunkee, and The Story Siren!


  1. Oh, I loved this book! I think it's a perfect middle grade read and my Mom even loved it! It's such a perfect blend.

  2. Hi Carissa, heard about your blog at dinner with your parents last night. I couldn't agree more with your review of Cinder! If you would be interested in a 15 year old beta reader I'd love to give it a try.



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