‘Cinder’ by Marissa Meyer was interesting.
Synopsis: Cinder is a cyborg and because of her wires and metal parts, she is thought of as less. Working as a mechanic, all her money goes to her legal guardian, her stepmother. As one of her sisters is diagnosed with an incurable disease, Cinder is enlisted to the volunteer programme only available for cyborgs. The results of the tests she undergoes prove that there is more to Cinder than meets the eye, and her past is a dangerous thing to unravel.
The story is set in the future after a fourth World War and it is centred in the Commonwealth which, from what I can gather is the Asian continent in today’s World. We are also introduced to a country that I think is the moon? I’m sure it was explained but I can’t compute that a whole moon is a country, regardless of whether the book is fiction or not. The people who live on the moon are called Lunars and they have magic/powers/electromagnetic stuffs. There’s a disease that is ravishing the human population and there seem to be a lot of androids about.
I don’t know how I feel about Cinder. She’s mature for her age however I can’t help but view her as a little blind when it came to certain obvious truths. Even though the plot as a whole was quite predictable, I found her more so. Kai on the other hand was definitely an interesting character. His emotions and the strength in them allows him to be someone that captures everyones eye. I look forward to seeing more of him and I am eager to find out how he deals with the Queen.
There were a few similarities to the original story, such as Cinder having an evil stepmother, an orange form of transport and there being ball. The rest of the book was very loosely based on the traditional tale and I was quite thankful for that to be honest. I actually think that Meyer has managed to meld the futuristic vibes well to the basic bones of the story. However, there was something that I can’t put my finger on that didn’t ‘WOW’ me. I felt slightly underwhelmed after I finished the last page. Perhaps it’s because everyone I know raves about this series and I expected to be blown away from the get go. Who knows. I also don’t like it when an author says that a character is something, and then doesn’t prove it. In this case, Cinder is the best Mechanic in New Beijing but we don’t actually get to see evidence of this. Every scene where she fixes something, the things she does seem ridiculously obvious to me.
I enjoyed it. I really did and it was a fast read so I definitely gobbled it up. But like I said before, it fell short for me. I’m hoping that the next one in this series manages to step it up a notch!
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”
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