I'm normally not a fan of reading alternative story lines but the author integrated creative new ideas to bring a futuristic twist to the time aged tale of Cinderella. Give it a read as it is a short and simple novel.
Absolutely entertaining. This book is creatively written. If fun and interesting is what you're looking for, give it a chance. The narrater is fantastic!
Meyer does a great job of interweaving the story elements from the Cinderella story into a well-told tale that takes place sometime in Earth's future--a world of androids, cyborgs, and hovercars.
The main characters were likable and relatable. That is an important factor for me in enjoying any story, movie, TV show, or video game. I don't have to like the villains necessarily (although sometimes I do) but I do need them to be compelling and worthy opponents.
There is some violence but not over the top. There are no sexual themes or actions (a kiss or two maybe). So I would be comfortable letting a pre-teen read this book, depending on whether the parents think their child can handle some violence and death and the ravages of a deadly plague.
The narrator does a nice job representing the characters. I never doubted which one was talking, which can be a problem with some narrators.
I have already started the sequel. That should tell you something right there.
I agree with the other reviewers who say this is a young adult novel where the plot has lots of holes. It's all pretty predictable and I didn't find the ending surprising much. However, the story is creative and interesting. So much so that I will probably spend a credit on the sequel.
Something about this book intrigued me and I had it in my wish list for a while. I bought this book during a sale that audible had and I'm glad I did. I would have been pretty upset paying full price because it really wasn't great. There are a few intriguing parts and the book ends as if there will be another one but it left a lot to be desired. The narrators voice wasn't too pleasant to my ears and the story seemed to drag many times. The main character annoyed me with how wimpy and weak she was when she's supposed to be the heroine. I think this is supposed to be a spin off on Cinderella but apart from the evil step-mom and step-sisters there isn't much else in common which is a good thing if you're looking for a new story. If you get the book on sale it may be worth it but with so many other book options out there, this may be one to skip. I think the book has potential and the authors creativity is great but it needs some rewrites to make it less boring.
Fiction Book Editor. Audio Book Lover. Mom of Three. Wife of One.
I really enjoyed this unique retelling of Cinderella. Besides the subtle undertones of the classic, nothing is what it seems. The narrator was amazing as well.
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.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
This has to be the best Cindarella variant I've heard yet. I enjoyed to the relationship to the original Cinderella but slowing for a new story.
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.