Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Square Fish
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Purchase at: Amazon
Cinder is based on the fairy tale, Cinderella. But Marissa Meyer added her own personal twist on the original story and changed a lot of it. Cinder is a cyborg and the best mechanic in New Beijing. She has an evil stepmother and stepsister, but she also has a little android friend, Iko. Cinder is abused by her stepmother to do all the work for the family and earn for them. But this is not a typical rags to riches story. There’s a plague spreading in the planet and there is an impending intergalactic war, and Cinder has a role to play in it.
I am sorry to say that I was underwhelmed by this book, and I’m usually the kind of person who agrees with the majority in liking a book. People have been raving about this and saying so many good things about it, but I did not see or feel whatever they did because this book just didn’t sit well with me.
I don’t understand why they have prejudices against cyborgs. This is supposed to be a time of peace for the whole planet Earth (they have a peace festival every year!), yet they are still oppressing these people. It’s not like they had much of a choice. They can’t function well if they don’t get these robotic parts attached to them. Why do people shun them? This is supposed to be futuristic or something.
I know that this is a fairy tale retelling, but the whole story was just way too predictable. I hate that it’s so predictable, I would just point out what would happen and I would get impatient for it to actually happen already. I wish I would be wrong and surprised somewhere along the way, but it just didn’t happen. It felt draggy.
Cinder was an okay female lead, but I don’t really have much going on for her. I like her sarcasm because it makes me laugh, but nothing more other than that. I don’t really understand Kai very much. I definitely did not fall in love with him. Also, the characters that I really liked only existed in the first parts of the book so that added to my distaste. Although I think the villains were well-made. They are definitely evil.
OVERALL, I’m sad to say that I didn’t like this book very much. I started feeling iffy about it from the first chapter, but I finished it in just a few hours so I think that merits something. I didn’t like the prominent characters, and I hate how predictable the story is. And now, I’m quite afraid to pick up the rest of the books. This did not work for me, but it worked for a lot of people so I guess people should give it a try.
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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