A young cyborg girl, named Cinder, lives in New Beijing with her step-mother and two step-sisters. In the Cinderella fashion, her step mother makes her go out every day and work, without allowing her to keep any of the money she makes; she is a renowned mechanic that can repair almost anything, but mostly fixes androids and port screens. Both her step-mother and older step-sister is mean to her, blaming her for everything and taunt her often, especially for being a cyborg, "who can't even cry". She has a special bond with her younger step sister, Peony and her android Iko. She is living an mundane life until one day, Prince Kai comes to her booth with an android in need of repair. This is the stepping stone for the story that evolves into a romantic story, with an evil queen and lots of surprises.
This is a good YA book. I purchased it originally because I thought it would be nice break from some of the other books that I had been listening to lately. I liked this story much more than I expected, and when it was over, I wanted to go immediately into the next book (which I did).
The story wasn't too similar to a Cinderella fair tale, which I was slightly concerned about upon first reading the description of the story. It's a new twist on a well known story. Even though you think you know how it will go; you don't.
Although I figured out many of the plot twists very early, that didn't matter so much to me as waiting for the characters to find out. Even with knowing where the story was headed, I still loved every minute of it. Cinder is an old story in a new setting with plenty to keep you entertained.
I had never heard of this series when it popped up on my audible suggestions. I am now so thankful that I stumbled onto it. It is one of the best series I have read recently. You must read it!
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating 4.75
Story Rating 5.00
Character Rating 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: This was a fantastic story that I was totally surprised I liked so much!
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder
This book has been reviewed a thousand times so I thought I would approach it a little differently. I am not really a YA reader (only 12 out of my 205 read books for 2012 were YA). This is going down as one of my favorites. There was zero angsty drama, zero triangles, and the story was fantastically rich and full. Even though the story starts with Once Upon a Time, it is not your typical fairytale retelling. In fact, it has all the elements but then takes you on a journey that you won't soon forget.
“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder
The whole cast of characters were very well done! The only draw back (if there was one) was the quickness of the end of the story. I felt that all the characters were in 1.5xx time. They felt rushed so I did a little bit too. Plus, I was left wanting more about 2 particular characters (not saying who) and so that was the only reason for a slight knock down in the rating in that area.
Narrated by Rebecca Soler/Running Time 10 hrs and 6 mins
I highly recommend this book in audio format. Rebecca did a great job with the pacing, voices, and emotion. I will be continuing this series on audiobook.
Final Thought: I recommend Cinder to any reader young and old alike!
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
Lots of reviews. But there is one thing I must add! I thought the narration was fantastic. I dozed off for awhile and woke up and I knew what character was speaking. The narration was very subtle, but very consistent.
It was well done.
BTW -- I never read the previous reviews before I write mine. I do not want to be influenced by others -- it is my OWN opinion.
Cinder is a very unique take on the fairytale genre - transporting it cleverly to a science fiction settings but retaining the storybook feel. Elements of Cinderella, Snow White, and several other fairy tales are cleverly woven into a complete story in a way that makes an engaging story.
Plot: Cinder is a cyborg - considered less than human and very expendable by a prejudiced society. So she exists quietly on the fringes of society, doing mechanical jobs to make money to support her step mother and step sisters. When a chance encounter with Prince Kai leads to the possibility of attending the big ball, will Cinder take the chance? For she may not just be a simple Cyborg and her fairy godmother may know enough about her to change the course of her life. If the evil Queen Levana doesn't get her first.
I liked the science fiction setting and it is very accessible science. There's a bit of the supernatural in a form of the Lunars (who possess psychological powers). And of course you have the cyborgs, androids, and more. I would never have thought anyone could put all that together and make it work but Meyer does manage it.
In all, I liked (but somehow didn't love) the book. To be a 5 star review, I would have liked to see far more depth in the characters. They were just thin enough to never really be able to get into any of them.
Note that I listened to the audible version of this book and the narrator did a decent job.
I don’t really know what made me download this book to begin with, but I am glad I did. It is an interesting idea based loosely on Cinderella. Just remember it is a YA book.
This book was sweet and even though it followed a basic over-told and over-rewritten story, it had a true spark of originality. Cinderella story aside it was still utterly predictable. But i shed a couple tears, laughed out loud and all in all had great fun reading this book.
A must Read!
The market when they first meet, then the elevator.
She did a fine job with the different voices.
When her sister died.
It's an old story turned science fiction. Loved it! Can't wait to read more.
I am getting really tired of getting to the end of a book and finding it has just set me up for the next book in a trilogy. I knew nothing about Cinder, but was fascinated by the concept when I read the description. I really enjoyed the book, but was extremely disappointed that it was not a complete story.