This book was recommended to me over a year a go and I just shrugged it off. But once I did listen to it I was so intrigued. To bring such a modern futuristic twist to a classic fairy tale was brilliant. I very much enjoyed this story and can't wait to see read the next!
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I picked up this book because it was on sale and had terrific reviews. I found it to be boring, obvious and stupid from the start.
Here are the list of stupid premises that I could not get past:
1. Cyborgs are second class citizens for no reason at all. Lost a limb in an accident and get a robotic replacement? Suddenly you're scum in everyone's eyes. No reason. That's just the way things work in this idiotic world.
2. People from the moon have magical powers. There is no attempted explanation for this at all.
3. One of the primary leaders of the free world acts like a typical teenager, and has plenty of time to personally go shopping in a market, visit doctors offices for no reason, and hit on pretty girls.
4. Legal guardians apparently are equal to slave owners.
5. Cinder's mom literally tries to kill her, but Cinder goes back home instead of doing literally anything else.
This story makes no sense. The characters are morons. The plot twists are visible from miles away. Just... yuck.
There was so much hype around this book I thought j would be disappointed. But no way no how. So good. World building was awesome. Characters were awesome. Could've used a bit more detail as far as like the fist time someone said "stars" I was so lost. Like what? Then I figured out it was like "omg" or something. Lol. Good read/listen. Fun and cute and very entertaining.
I admit, when I first started listening I thought this book might be a dud, but that quickly changed. Cinder is a wonderful character and I really liked her and cheered for her throughout the book. This is fantasy mixed with sci-fi and I enjoyed the mix. I'm looking forward to book two.
Most stories are resolved by the end of listening for this amount of time. Then in the sequels they develop other characters with references and story lines linked to original characters. Cinder leaves the listener in the lurch. Don't start then you won't have worry about finishing. Yuck!!!!
The story was good, 4.5 stars. The writer had me guessing, thinking I knew what was coming then making me doubt myself. And finally surprising me several times. Her characters are well rounded though a little standard. She used the fairytale as a backbone to structure the plot, then added many twists. I enjoyed it. Not to mention this narrator was by far the best I've heard. I loved her telling of the story and her voice has so much character!!! I enjoyed her the most.
Super Ya! Cute... I was annoyed at times at the characters since they are sooooo teenagers! But come on! It's a cyborg fairytale with prince and Princesses (and robotic limbs). If you don't love that kind of thing then stay away from it but if you are a sucker for cute romances like me then don't think twice ;-). About the narrator... I like her voice. She reads well but couldn't distinguish the characters from each other sometimes. I hope my review helps you.