I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology
I did not expect the level of depth given to the sci-fi futuristic world the story takes place in, and toward the start, I wondered how on Earth the author would stretch the straightforward story and events of Cinderella across the length of the whole audiobook. After the early introduction of the Prince, I felt as though it could easily be wrapped up in half the book's length.
However, once side plots (like the plague and Lunar versus New Beijing politics) took off, I found the story much more enjoyable. I liked Cinder's lack of helplessness - she was determined and was her own Hero, and in many ways she seems set up to save the prince and the kingdom herself rather than be a damsel in distress.
By the end of the audio book, I could see ample plot to justify a sequel, and the cliff hanger ending has me enticed enough to warrant buying the sequel when it comes out (Feb 3, 2013 according to Amazon). I have not had a book prove me wrong before like this. I've picked up "chick lit" or other fairy tale retellings and found them so formulaic and predictable, with settings devoid of depth, that I was worried Cinder was headed in that direction. I am glad to be proven wrong. I found myself rooting for Cinder, and more importantly, I found myself REALLY hating the Lunar Queen. I am actually looking forward to the moment in the book series when the Lunar Queen gets what's coming to her (which I assume will occur).
I was interested in how cyborg parts functioned in the story, though not much detail went into detailing the science behind it. As I have watched Star Trek extensively, I am used to a degree of science and explanation behind scientific advantages, so this is clearly "soft" science fiction, versus traditional sci-fi.
One thing that did make me rate it at 4 and not 5 stars is that it is simply not the same level of literary work as other books I love. This book is written at an approachable but pedestrian vocabulary level, making it pleasant reading material for teenage girls or average intelligence adults. There were no words used that I did not know the meaning of. The level of mystery or suspense was shot because I guessed a major plot twist early into the book due to the conventional, even obvious, way clues were mixed into the narration.
Nevertheless, I found it an enjoyable story, and I look forward to a sequel to see where the story goes from here.
I passed this one up a few times but I finally took a chance, and WOW am I glad I did!
I loved the vague parallel with Cinderella. This story had its own personality which really came to life and drew me in. The narrator was on her game! I can't wait for book 2!!!
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Yes this is a Cinderella type story that totally surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. This new Cinder is a mechanic and seems to be the sole provider for her family, which consists of a step mother and two step sisters. Only one of the sisters is kind to Cinder. When her father was still alive she had an accident and is saved with new cyber technology. There are many things that are similar between the stories but many differences. The plague twist makes it even more interesting. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I hope audible adds it soon.
Oh yeah this is a YA story, and I am an adult but I really, really enjoyed it.
I love this book. Very creative take on old fairy tales. Can not wait for the next story.
I wasn't sure this book was for me but I got caught up in the story and found myself excited to hear the next book.
It immediately caught, and held my attention. I actually cared about the fate of the characters. Marissa Meyer created an intricate diagesis which stays internally consistant. As a result, it is easy to suspend disbelief in a world very unlike our own.
When I first looked at this book I was skeptical. A retelling of the cinderella story? Like that hasn't been done before...
Despite my reservations, I purchased it, and was pleasantly surprised. It was a refreshing adaptation of an overused format. Instead of the Cinderella character passively languishing in self-pity, Cinder is a strong, self-sufficient character. While it is a story of transformation, it comes in the form of self-discovery. This is not a story about a frumpy girl who is given a makeover by a benevolent character with an awesome wardrobe. Poof, you're hot. Go dance with the "prince" (see: all teen movies in the late nineties).
Instead, she is an active participant in her story.
I can't think of any. I love futuristic dystopias, but this is in its own class. The world reminded me a bit of Bladerunner, although not quite as dark.
It's hard to say. I was impressed by how distinct each character was.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Yes, there is a parallel with the Cinderella fairy tale, but there's so much more! This story is unique, fast-paced, suspenseful and heartwarming. It has a cliffhanger ending. Reviews indicate that Scarlet (Book 2) is mainly about new characters and that the story of Cinder and Kai progresses only slightly. While that is frustrating, I am excited at the prospect of things getting more juicy and complicated than if they had ended in this book.
NARRATOR - Rebecca Soler is very, very good. She does male voices well and also a couple convincing foreign accents.
BOTTOM LINE - You should definitely listen to Cinder, but realize that it will take at least two more books to find out how the story ends.
Despite a number of positive reviews, I found the book and the performance pretty boring. If I had realized that this is really a book for teenagers or younger I wouldn't have purchased. It's not that the retelling of the Cinderella story was juvenile, but the way the story was written and presented was. This is the first time I have disliked a book enough to not finish listening.
You get the Cinderella story but better. All the portions of the story are well thought out so nothing feels contrived. Cinder and the prince get to know each other. There are good reasons for Cinder to keep some secrets from the prince. The prince has urgent needs for himself and the country. Cinder may be just what the prince needs, even though neither he nor Cinder realizes it. It is adventurous and adorable. Strong female lead. Touches all the key points of the fairy tale.
I was never a big fan of audio books but this series changed my mind. I loved the narrator's voice and the story itself. I believe everyone should read or listen to this series because I feel like you wouldn't regret it.