Book Review: Cinder – gazillion constellations 20


Would the term “ADORE” be acceptable in a review??? Because I ADORE this book!

5 stars, 100 moons, 1,000 solar systems, 10,000 galaxies, and gazillion constellations!

About the Book

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), by Marissa Meyer

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.

I can’t believe that Cinder was a DNF when I first read it back in 2009!

But I guess it was like the old saying attributed to Buddha Siddhartha Guatama…

When the disciple is ready the master appears.

Back then I was mostly into PNR and wasn’t ready to appreciate this fantasy/sci-fi jewel.



I read this book last year. BEST in 2016 and finishing the Lunar Chronicles series in 2017 was EXACTLY what I needed to beat the winter blues!

I don’t even know where to start!

The world! Yes! Let’s start with the world. WHAT A WORLD!!!

I was fascinated by all the science behind this world: the cyborgs, the droids, the endemic virus, the ships, all the technology, the dystopian society rules…


Ahhhhhhhh Marissa you are an artist!!! SO I AM JUST GONNA SAY THIS AND THEN GO HIDE…

The Lunar Chronicles World is as good as Star Wars’


There. I said it! Humph!

[If you need me I’m hiding under the bed so the outraged Star Wars fans cannot find me 🙂 ]

The world is so well-developed that it develops the characters, the plot and the story arc as well. This is a futuristic society afflicted by an endemic virus where cyborgs [technology enhanced humans] are treated as slaves and don’t have many rights. And then… Great characters and stories just pop everywhere!

[POP!] There goes the perfect MC for this world, Cinder, a cyborg of course. But not ANY cyborg but a very, very, very smart mechanic. GIRL POWER!

[POP!] There goes the perfect obstacles for the MC to overcome (prejudices, discrimination, sickness, death…).

[POP!] Then there goes the perfect character arc as Cinder overcomes all those obstacles.

[POP!] There goes the perfect love interest and secondary characters to support the MC’s arc.

[POP!] There goes the perfect villain to make it all very difficult.

[POP!] There goes the perfect plot devices and twists, [POP] the perfect actions scenes, [POP], [POP], [POP], [POP], [POP]. Mini Big Bangs everywhere and the awesome universe of The Lunar Chronicles is created!

EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK IS PERFECT [the writing is impeccable too, but I’m not sure I would notice if it wasn’t. That’s how blindly infatuated I’m! 🙂 ]

I only have ONE COMPLAINT.. WHY ON EARTH ISN’T this book a movie already??? This series would be the most spectacular blockbuster ever, comparable to Star Wars!

Ok, sorry, bye! Gotta go hide again from the Star Wars’ fans 🙂 [If you need me I’m under my bed, curled into a crying mess because I already finished this series and THAT IS SOOOOO SAD!]

What about you my friends? Have you read the Lunar Chronicles?
Were you infatuated like me? Were you convinced that NOTHING, ever, could be as splendorous?
You didn’t like it??? HUH??? Did you go to the doctor? Please go! You need immediate medical attention!

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20 thoughts on “Book Review: Cinder – gazillion constellations

      • Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

        Well it’s good to know I haven’t changed since you last posted this since apparently I still had the same thoughts lol.

        Idk, you used some crazy rating for some other review recently and you said one book owed you stars and this one has whole constellations instead of stars, haha. Can you blame me? 😛 I like your ratings though, they’re creative!

  • Tamara Narayan

    i’ve seen this in book stores, but I am always reluctant to dive into YA fantasy. I guess I’m afraid they will turn out to be lesser versions of The Hunger Games, (mainly because I read the Divergent Series and liked it, but didn’t adore it.)

  • Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I read this a few years ago and like you, loved it. Since then, I have managed to collect all the books (except Fairest) and want to read them but know I would need to probably re-read Cinder first. That’s the only thing holding me back. Did you know that they just released a new original story graphic novel “Wires and Nerves” or maybe it’s the other way around. You might want to check it out. I love the pic but did you really put your book in snow? We haven’t seen much snow this year and while I’m grateful for no real sub-zero temps, I find snow quite pretty.

    • Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

      No I didn’t know about the graphic novel! I’ll check it out.
      HAHA! I’m glad you noticed the book in the snow. There is a “No book was harmed in the making of this post” policy here on this blog ;-P. The book is resting on a plastic sheet 🙂 we had snow this week and more coming Sunday UGH

    • Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

      I did not know about the graphic novels!!! OMG I’ll check them out. I cannot get enough of the LC!!!

      HA! first to noticed [or to say anything] 🙂 I bet your bookworm’s heart skipped a beat 🙂 Don’t you worry Barb! No books were never harmed in the making of any post on this blog 🙂 The book was paced over a plastic sheet 🙂

  • Prabhleen

    Okay, but I think Star Wars is overrated, so you are fine with me lol I have reread Cinder 6 times. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH UNGH

  • Karen Blue

    I think comparing this world to Star Wars is almost right, except the Star Wars Universe is so much bigger. I bet if Marissa Meyer had written as many books as there are about Star Wars and expanded the world a lot there would be a fair comparison for these two worlds.
    I love your review style for this post! Glad to see you loved this series as much as I did.

  • Amanda @ To Read or Not To Read?

    I love Cinder! The whole Lunar Chronicles series was *fantastic*. I’m about due to re-read them, I think. I haven’t read them through since the series finished. I’m still working on Stars Above, but so far it’s pretty good too.
    Oi, I’m a Star Wars fan and…not going to dispute you. I mean, you didn’t say it was *better* than Star Wars, and I think Meyer uses her worldbuilding, interconnecting story lines, and character arcs much better than half the Star Wars movies out there!

  • Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Bahaha. I’m a Star Wars fan, but not too outraged with that statement. You did make me gasp a little – and then chuckle. 🙂
    I did like this one although not quite as much as you did. I enjoyed Scarlet and eventually I’ll get around to reading Cress! I’m buddy reading with a friend and we haven’t actually done our review together of Scarlet so we CAN’T go on yet!

    I do think that it would make a cool movie series! Especially from book 2! All that ship flying etc! 😀

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

  • Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I’ve had this book (and series) on my bookshelf for sooo long and yet to pick it up. I hardly ever pick up fantasy but I am intrigued by this series. And all my bookish friends promise that I’m going to love it. I really need to pick it up soon! Glad it was such a hit for you!