The idea of a mechanic female protagonist intrigued me so I gave this book a listen. It was an entertaining read. Despite all her hardwiring, Cinder is warmly human. She is smart, strong, and incredibly vulnerable. I wish the story's setting included more than the palace and Cinder's apartment and I was a little disappointed in how the ending left me hanging. Answers to secrets were revealed, but if you want resolution don't get your hopes up. Overall I give it a three stars.
the reader of this book is very good. I like the different moods she can put into the story.
I will be getting all of the books of this story line.
yes, but was not able to.
Fun to read
Lowly mechanic Cinder doesn't know she is the one person the whole solar system is searching for.
This is a good listen too if you liked the Hunger Games and the Divergent Series.
I was very skeptical at first but I am so glad I started this series, I am totally Hooked. I had to download Scarlet, book number 2, as I was running on the treadmill this morning because I couldn't wait untill tomorrow.
I had my doubts about this book, but kept seeing all the great reviews. I decided to give it a try. Before I finished the book, I was already downloading the next one. Sci-fi is not my first choice when looking for a new book, but I loved this book. I love the way Meyer twist the old fairy tale with futuristic ideas in this story.
If you start with the title, you might think you have a good idea of where this tale is going. However, you would be wrong; Cinder is so much more. Fairytale, sci-fi, romance, bildungsroman, there is just so much to this story. I have not been so completely captivated by a book is some time. A great read!!!
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.
At first reading the summary I was a bit hesitant at buying this book. But after reading several of the reviews, I took a chance. Then another one on the second book and again on the third. Now I can't wait for the next installment!
For those who love the Cinderella story, this one has a total spin on the story and so far, I like this version compared to the other versions of Cinderella. The cruelty of the stepmother and stepsister is consistent with the exception of the younger stepsister who actually has a fondness for Cinder. Instead of mice as companions, she has a very animated android that in some parts made me wish I had one and other made me want to hit her power off button.
Would I listen to this again? Yes. I don't think I can read the book because it wouldn't be the same as hearing it.
I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.
Cinder is a 16-year-old cyborg mechanic who lives in New Beijing after World War IV. She was in an accident as a kid, and saved with robotic parts, including a robotic foot that stands in for Cinderella’s iconic glass slipper. Cinder is an outsider in society, though she is known as one of the best mechanics in New Beijing. Her accident left her without a memory of her time before, and her past is a mystery waiting to be unraveled. Like the fairy tale, Cinder lives with her awful stepmother and two stepsisters, though with a twist. There is also a prince and a ball, but otherwise Cinder spins it’s own story, and there are a lot of surprises in store. Some of the challenges Cinder faces are the deadly plague that’s hit New Beijing, political unrest, family drama, and managing the attention of the young and single Prince Kai.
The heroine Cinder is my favorite part of the story. She is likable, smart and brave, and very human in spite of her robotic parts and extraordinary abilities. The other characters also added a lot to the story, both the androids and the humans. The romance with Prince Kai is refreshingly done and I can’t wait to see how it develops in future installments.
The plot moves at a swift pace, and quickly pulled me in. It was fun seeing how the Cinderella story played out in Cinder’s dystopian cyborg world. The retelling is similar enough to the original to catch the references but with enough of a twist to keep things interesting. Even though I don’t read a ton of Sci-Fi, it was easy to follow along and I could totally envision the world that Meyer creates.
I listened to the audiobook, and narrator Rebecca Soler does a stellar job with the narration. She gives a lively reading and sounds like how I would imagine Cinder to sound. Her pacing is very good and she reads with the emotion that is called for. She handles the different male and female voices and accents with ease, and injects Cinder’s sense of humor into the reading. I actually liked the narrator so much I downloaded another audiobook that she reads to check out. This is a good audiobook to try if you’ve ever been interested to test out the experience.
If you like cyber steampunk, Girl Genius etc then this is a series you will enjoy. The author has a great sense of where to draw the line to keep the story believable and the characters fresh. It was a dose of relief to a genre that had been suffering as of late with the lame. This book is not that way. Very well written I will be getting the others.