The story has a lot of promise, with likeable characters and a great adaptation of the Snow White storyline. However, the character development seems too slow. Dialogue makes the younger characters seem so childish. Still, this is a YA series. It's a decent book for the demographic. I wouldn't bother if you're over your teens.
I'm surprised by the overwhelmingly positive reviews. The framework of the story could have been interesting: a future with cyborgs, people living on the moon that have become quite different than Earthlings, a plague. I liked the fact that the main character was a strong female and that the relationship developing between the two prime characters wasn't overly sappy as can happen in YA novels. But the characters are so incredibly thin. How can a prince that's first in line to be emperor be so politically unsophisticated? How can a cyborg and mechanic who's adoptive father was a cyborg specialist have no interest in his work? How can persons under 18 be given over to medical research? How do they not even know the transmission vectors of the plague? The clues are so obvious it's hard not to trip over them, making the book unfold in a plodding way. And even just silly things are annoying --- like somehow the English monarchy is once again in power in this futuristic Earth. And the writing itself is strictly ho-hum, which doesn't help.
I would describe the narrator as "Valley Girl" - a tone that sounds more or less entirely like an annoyed teenager. I don't think that helps the book.
This story threw me and it was awesome. The whole series is fun and enchanting. These books are not dark, like a lot of fiction/fantasy novels, so that was a nice change of pace.
A riveting story that combines an old story line in a new futuristic era.
No matter when we live past present or future, there continue to be villans and heros. Ms. Meyer brings them both to life. The charming prince, the poor down trodden girl, the wicked step mother and sisters, and even an evil Queen. But in spite of all her handicaps, Cinder rises above the obstacles. The hero and the reader can see her true worth. I love the suspense; Will Cinder go to the ball? Will anyone find out her secrets? What will happen between Cinder and the Prince? What will happen to those who befriend her?
But lest you think the storyline juvenile, Ms. Meyer adds humorous bits of sarcasm and irony to the story.
I forgot the world for the time I was reading...
Ms. Soler moves from one voice to another with ease. I will definitely be looking for more narrations from her!
Story line is easy to follow
Well described characters
Modern twist on a classic
Cinder, or if you want to say it Cinderella.
Well toned voice
Yes it was
This has a great story but I don't like the way it ends. It story doesn't wrap up and there are still too many questions.
It leaves you wanting more where you have to get the next book to finish the story.
Two worlds, One Queen, but who will it be?
Loved the first book of the series. I was able to listen to it through the day with my 7 and 9 year old in and out of the room. They were as excited to see what was next as I did.