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.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
Even though I love rehashes of fairy tales, I didn't expect much out of this book because it was a YA fiction. There were the standard plot holes for YA works, (For example; Prince Kai isn't exactly up to snuff on political etiquette, what he actually does is pretty vague, and he's a little too innocent to believe.)
With all this talk of a Terminator Princess, I'll admit I was expecting more carnage. But if you can set your skepticism on the back burner, this is an entertaining read. The main character is blessedly down to earth, sometimes funny and very useful. She's not all powerful or anything, it's still a girl we're reading about, with electronic parts and human instincts.
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.
Sure I would, I actually thought it was a pretty neat take on the Cinderella story. Granted it was a bit loose on the connections at times but then she would remind you with a small tidbit. It was interesting and kept my interest throughout the book.
I think besides Cinder my favorite character was her android companion. (I've blanked on her name at the moment.) She always seemed to lighten the mood and said something funny at the time to ease the tension. Which in real life a good friend would try to do.
She did a good job of varying voices for the different characters, I'm not really complaining about the work she did for the android and computer system voices. But I listened to a Doctor who book before this and they had a voice changer that they used to make a robotic voice in that reading. I bet something similar would be a good fit for this story.
I did want to listen to it all. But of course not enough time to do that. It did make me want to know what happens next.
I think a few people judge this book a little too harshly, Some made comments about why there are roads. Which they basically answered in the book seeing as hovers had to be over the road where the magnetic tracks were in the ground. As to why there were roads as well would be obviously because people still have to walk around some.
People also failed to recall in this world it's past WW4. It wouldn't be completely implausible we lost some of our technological prowess after nuclear detonations and the like. Also seeing that it's a completely different society from today where we wouldn't (hopefully) condone basically having slaves. It wouldn't be too shocking that in this world they may do things differently with trying to cure diseases such as the plague in the book. Including using live specimens.
I was a little confused how the old world car was still in a junk yard. But on the other hand it wouldn't be too surprising if someone had kept one for a long time as a part of a collection at one time and maybe it just got too hard to keep any longer. Gas for a car like that might be hard to come by but then, you could make a car run on alcohol if you wanted to so yeah not too shocked there either.
The fact is, if you can't work out these kinds of situations for yourself and you -need- an author to spell out every detail to you, you are probably lacking the imagination needed for a book like this. There's only a couple of things far less obvious than those I was curious about. One would be how they contain the plague when they just pile everyone in a warehouse. Seems pretty risky, personally. And then what they do with the bodies. I'm sue they incinerate them, but if they had a better way of disposing of them it would be interesting to know.
In the end, it was a good book. I've started on the next one and looking forward to seeing where the story goes. :)
Love this. I am a 45 father and think I have now experienced the most well thought out series on audible. My whole family has enjoyed listening to the tale of Cinder.
This teen novel offers an adventure tale that provides content for reflection beyond a simple youthful romance or a relatable and defiant heroine. The familiar sci-fi warnings about class systems and concentrated power ring true in today's political landscape.
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.
This is a re-telling of Cinderella. And a good one at that. Think about almost any decent fairy tail re-imagined story you can think of.
I absolutely loved this book- the story, the characters and the reading. Better yet, I have read the whole series and loved all of the them. Meyer writes a about a dystopia where there is war and it doesn't feel like the conflict is an afterthought as it does in many YA books. I love the play on the classic fairy tails- it adds a level of depth to the well woven stories.