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.
Personal Enjoyment: ●●●●●
Writing Quality: ●●●●○
Hoo, boy, this is going to be a quick and easy review.
To start, I tried picking up Cinder a few months ago, and just wasn’t too intrigued, but with Winter, the fourth book in the series, coming out this fall, I figured I should probably see what all the fuss is about. Lately I’ve been feeling like the market has been drenched with fairytale retellings that just don’t hit the mark. Sometimes it seems like everyone is trying to take the same old stories and do something new and different with them, instead of just writing new, different, original stories. I was expecting much the same with Cinder— I mean really, how can you plop Cinderella into a futuristic world of cyborgs and moon-people and plagues and maintain the same story we all know and love?
That’s exactly the question Marissa Meyer answered. This is Cinderella through and through, and then some. The story was fresh and exciting, but at heart it was the same story. And that made me deliriously happy.
However, its strength was also its weakness. Because this is a very close retelling, it was pretty predictable. Even when something completely unexpected happened, I could see how it had to resolve itself within the story. Nevertheless, I was so swept up in the world and the characters, I didn’t care that I knew where the story was going. I was thoroughly enjoying the ride.
I should also mention, though this book is set in New Beijing in the Eastern Commonwealth, this didn’t have any significant impact on the book. There is little-to-no Chinese culture or Eastern influence in this book.
Nevertheless, I can’t wait to see how the other stories taken up in the series begin to intertwine. This is the first book in a series, so fingers-crossed that more time was put into world building in later books.
Please read this.