I found a series that I like! Any hardcore reader understands that feeling. The elation, the giddiness, the rainbow happiness bursting inside. A new series!
This review doesn’t follow the typical review outline. I will not give a synopsis of the novel. I will, however, discuss the literary qualities I liked and disliked about it.
Blurb: Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time…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…
Sixteen year old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her step-mother. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai, 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 future. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel And Friends–Square Fish (Macmillan)
Publishing Date: 2013
Favorite Quote: “Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
As I said at the beginning this post, it took me awhile to pick up this book. I have seen SO many people reading it and constant review posts about it, but the back blurb just never intrigued me enough. I picked up the book countless times, read the back, and put it back on the shelf.
After reading it last week I was glad I picked it up.
The book is exceedingly simple for such a broad concept. The world Meyer created was expansive and has potential to an umpteenth degree, which is awesome. She placed the story in the future in New Beijing including a monarchy, and cyborgs, and moon colonies etc. So cool. I read a review that said she went on and on with the description of the world…and I completely disagree with that. I think she could have added fifty MORE pages of description. Her writing style is succinct. It made this book an easy read. Almost too easy. I’m a fairly quick reader, but when I can devour a book in 2.5 hours and it is meant for tweens, it probably needs some deeper vocabulary.
That being said, for the ease of the wording, the story did not lack at all. I think what I most liked about the author’s style was her ability to say just enough that a reader, with a little imagination, could think up an entire world. But do I hope that the next books with feature stronger wording? Yes. Meyer can go anywhere with this world. I hope she challenges herself with it.
On to the characters. There was a wide cast, which I can imagine growing in later books. Something I have noticed with debut authors, and Meyer is no exception, there always seems to be a stoic heroine and a cheeky best friend. Almost ALWAYS. I don’t really like this, even though, when I write my own stories, I do the exact same thing at times. I felt like Cinder had an identity crises a few times. She would randomly bust out with these smart ass comments that didn’t really suit her personality. I think they better suited the quirky author behind the pages. All the other characters in the novel, held up well to scrutiny. Can I just say even though, I think the best character, the cheeky best friend, better resurrect herself in the next book.
The love story. Meh. I get that it is a quadrilogy (Is that a word?) but as I understand it, they all have a little love story in them, it drives me batty when the love isn’t tied at the end of novels. I want a confirmation that they at least like each other. But as it stands at the end of “Cinder” one of them is doe-eyed and the other is under the impression that the first is a big, fat liar. Which they are. I know, I know, cliff hanger blah, blah, blah. But come on. If it is a coming of age story, don’t make so much of the story about a guy, if it’s a love story, MAKE it a love story.
To sum up the scrutiny;
World building=YES! MORE!
Characters=I’m on board! Though they can be tightened.
Love story=Features some of my pet peeves, but not poorly written.
Who would I recommend this to? Tweens, for sure. Anyone who like a fantastical, unique element to a story. Anyone who likes fairytales.