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Update 18/11/15 having now read the whole AWESOME series: Read this book and stick with the series! This is the weakest of the four.. get book 2, you won't regret it!
I'd had my eye on reading this book for a few years, I thought the premise of a sci-fi reworking of Cinderella with cyborgs sounded pretty cool! I did enjoy it; I wasn't blown away by it but it was a fun read.
Lihn Cinder is a teenage cyborg and talented mechanic, who lives effectively as a slave for her step-mother who was forced to adopt her when her "father" or rather creator/saviour died. One day Prince Kai visits her market stall to get his android fixed, and then when her nice step-sister contracts the mysterious and deadly plague that grips the planet, she finds herself involved in something much bigger. When the Emperor dies of the plague, Kai inherits the throne and the evil Lunar Queen Levara, with her design on marriage, threatens the freedom and safety of Earth.
On the whole I liked Cinder as a character. Some of the more forced cutesy-quirky things like her permanently messy hair and her oil stained clothing irked me a bit, merely because it was mentioned so often. If it bothers you Cinder, just comb your hair and tie it back with a better bobble! (I realise that this is just one of those tropes I'm going to have to put up with reading YA fiction as an adult!) Prince Kai was a bit of a cardboard cut out "dreamy" character. He was a little bit too perfect, and therefore really dull. Their love story was also unconvincing considering that they barely to know one another, but it's fairy tale so I'll let that one go this time (I must also remember they are teenagers!). Happily their fairy tale ending, at least in this novel (I'd anticipate book four ending that way!), is not the focus. I would have liked Andri, the step-mother, to be a little better rounded as well. We hardly get to know her, or step-sister Pearl. They just come across as selfish and cruel, and little else. I now this is the case in the fairy tale, but with the length of a novel would have been nice to flesh them out a little.
As I said it was quite a fun read, an imaginative adaption of Cinderella and entertaining enough for me to read most of it in one sitting on a lazy Sunday (this is saying something, I've been trying to read The Maze Runner but I just can't stick to it)! The main criticism I have it was it as really predictable. As soon as the presumed dead Lunar Princess is mentioned along with Cinders lack of memories from before the cyborg procedure she has at eleven, about a third of the way into the novel, it was painfully obvious where all this was leading! And then it took so long for it to be actually revealed, seriously.. the last few pages! The way that Dr Erland (fairy godmother) would reveal tiny dribs and drabs of information and then not appear again for ages became a bit frustrating.
I'd say that once the bigger pieces of the puzzle (which were obviously to the reader already) are finally revealed to Cinder, the story really picks up in the last third and especially the last few chapters! I was far more into it at the end, so much so that I almost forgot to eat my dinner! So it was shame that then this novel ends, obviously setting up the sequels which hopefully will be much cooler now Cinder knows her heritage and all that goes with it.
It's definitely flawed, but nevertheless some good silly fun! I'm a sucker for robots, space ships and a few special powers.
For the record, 14 year old Alice would have eaten these books up!
Awesome concept, and it didn't give me any "juvenile" feeling to it either. Meyer's world seems very rounded and concrete, events not beyond believable, and characters were individual and compelling. Waiting eagerly to read the next one!
The second time around, everything pieces together so well! I couldn't help but re-read this series.
Third re-read and I'm still charmed. It's the blend of magic and science, the characters, the mishmash of fairy tales. It's a comfort read for me at this point.
Really enjoyed it.
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As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
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I went into this knowing only that it was a retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale, and not necessarily that it was set hundreds of years in the future: surprise! I was intrigued and fascinated by Meyer's worldbuilding skills and her ability to incorporate just enough of the original themes as to be recognizable, but few enough that the story can stand independently on its own two feet. Though I'm a tad disappointed in the cliffhanger ending, as I was just looking to get a feel for the series and hadn't planned to read further, I'll be recommending it to my teen daughter. ( )