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Cinder by Marissa Meyer | ๐ŸŽงAudiobook Review

June 6, 2021
Cinder Marissa Meyer #audiobookmonth review

Hi book friends! Welcome back to our #AudiobookMonth celebration!! (if you hadn’t heard … June is Audiobook Month and I get to gush over my favorite books and narrators for a whole month!!). Today, I’m going to share one of my favorite audiobooks that was reviewed 3 years ago during Audiobook Month on our old blog. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles and it’s become eerily similar to our own world condition.

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A Dystopian World Not Too Far From Our Own …

Okay, before we dive into this book, let’s take a minute to talk about how eerily close Marissa Meyer’s fabrication is to our own current reality. The characters of Cinder are suffering from a pandemic called the Letumosis Plague (read: Covid-19). So maybe we don’t have cyborgs (yet!) but how freakishly similar is that??

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Cinder Marissa Meyer book review

CINDER by Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published: January 3, 2012 by Macmillan Audio
Genre: Fairytale Retelling, YA Dystopian
Length: 10 hrs 2 mins
Format Read: Audiobook & Kindle
Buy It: Amazon
Add it on Goodreads
Reviewed by: Megan
Original Review: Ginger Mom & Company


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.

>>> This book review originally appeared on our former blog, Ginger Mom & Company, on June 16, 2018 <<<

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Let’s talk about fairytales!

As many of you already know, I am SUCH A SUCKER FOR FAIRYTALE RETELLINGS! I’ve read Cinderella retellings before but Marissa Meyer takes this well-loved story to an entirely different level, with the introduction of cyborgs and evil mind-controlling Lunars!

Cinder Marissa Meyer #audiobookmonth review
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Expertly crafted characters

Marissa Meyer is an expert character-crafter. She creates ones you can fall in love with and really care what happens to them.

Cinder is entirely about the characters. Just try to tell me Prince Kai isn’t one of the highlights of this book. I adored him. Fan-girled over him. His character is so down-to-earth and, dare I say, normal? Other than the teensy fact that he’s about to be the Emperor because his father is dying of the Letumosis plague.

And then there’s Cinder. She is, essentially, an outcast. She’s a 16-year-old cyborg mechanic, living in New Beijing with her stepmother, Adri (who is one of the greediest characters I know of), and her two stepsisters (one sweet, one totally sour – or gone rotten). Most people, who know she’s a cyborg, shun her. Only Peony, her sweet stepsister, and Iko, her android with attitude, really treat her with any bit of respect. Well, and Kai. Cinder’s personality is one of the things that drew me to her character right away.

Cinder, in a word: snarky.

Iko – my favorite character in the whole world!

Yes, Iko. I think of a child-version of Data from Star Trek TNG – sassy and opinionated, but with an android’s logic. I almost imagine her looking like a smaller version of the robot on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Of course, though I imagine Iko looking like this, her personality is nothing like that grumpy android. Iko has this super-cheery, easily excitable little girl personality and she definitely likes the finer things in life. She is easily my favorite character in this series so far.

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#AudiobookMonth Narration by Rebecca Soler

Do you have any favorite audiobook narrators? Rebecca Soler is one of mine. Her narration of Cinder shows the range of her talents, as she gives each character their own personality (especially Dr. Erland – he is one of my FAVORITES). With an already fantastic story line, you now get to hear the characters, their accents, their personalities, and it’s so easy to “fall down the rabbit hole” and not come back up until you’ve finished the entire series.

Final Answer for Cinder?

If you love fairytale retellings (or even if you’re a super YA Dystopia nerd like me), Cinder by Marissa Meyer is an absolute MUST READ book!! I’ve already read it twice (because I keep getting sidetracked from the rest of the series) and I’ll very likely read it again.

If a star rating is more what you’re looking for, feel free to check out our 5-star review on Goodreads.

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Have you read Cinder before? What did you think of supremely-wicked Queen Levana? Was it Iko’s quirkiness that made you really love the story? Or were you not a fan? Let us know in the comments below and let’s chat! As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful #audiobookmonth!

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  • Reply Jo Linsdell June 6, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve been meaning to read Cinder for ages… Basically since it was released and yet it’s still on my tbr. Geekerella I have read though and it was awesome.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms June 6, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      If you enjoy fairytales and dystopians, Cinder is the perfect book to read! I am re-reading the series because I read the next two and a half books but didn’t review.

  • Reply DJ Sakata June 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Such vibrant covers, I don’t read this genre but the covers suck me right in

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms June 6, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      The one I’m featuring is the new paperback cover. It makes me want to buy another copy of this book, just to get the gorgeous cover!

  • Reply Whispering Stories June 6, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Not a book for me as I’m not a lover of fairy tales or retellings, but can see why people would love it. Great review.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf June 9, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    So glad you enjoyed. This has been on my TBR for ages!

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