There were quite a few roll your eyeball moments for me. Enough so that I finally skipped to the end and missed.... Nothing at all. Predictability kills the story. It must have been boring to write much less read. One major negative for me was the premise... Which, at first sounded interesting. I like reading twists on classics and the summary of the plot sounded unique but as the story went on, it just sounded ridiculous. If someone spends hundreds of thousands of dollars turning you into a cyborg, you're instantly a sub-class human? Because scientists like to go around and experiment on accident victims and homeless people or something? Sorry, the only people who could afford to be turned into cyborgs would be people from the upper class and they would not relegate themselves to servitude because now they're physically as well as mentally superior thanks to the supercomputer and machines that have been integrated into their bodies. I just didn't see a plausible reason for the cyborg/subclass status.
Another major setback for me was that it seemed to take forever to get to the next plot twist you saw coming from a mile away... It wasn't all bad but I just ran out of patience with this book. So much so that I don't want to spend another moment thinking about it or it's flaws. I recommend reading this at your local library rather than spending your money or credits.
I was expecting a twist to the normal Cinderella story, and a twist is what I got. What I didn't expect was the type of twist and the way Prince Charming's character was written. It is the classic fairy tale that means the science fiction twist we have all been waiting for! I can't wait to read( or listens to)the next book.
The best cyborg book I've ever read. if you love twisted classic fairytales, this book is for you. It manages to be entirely it's own story without losing the key components of Cinderella. I've always been a Tomboy at heart, but this book gave me a non-Disney princess Too admire. i can't wait to see what Cinder does next.
She was a cyborg, she didn't have a fairy godmother, and she had a good relationship with one of her stepsisters. Also a deadly plague and a looming war sets this story apart from being a simple retelling of Cinderella
None come to mind at the moment, except for Cinderella.
Cinder's grand entrance to the ball. That scene was hilarious. Where were was her fairy godmother when she needed one?
Cinder moments with her stepsister, Peony. It was good to she a version where both stepsisters didn't treat her badly.
Cinder ends with a cliffhanger, so be prepared for no Happily Ever After.
I'm not sure if the author was intentionally writing everything to be simple or not but it did limit my enjoyment of this novel. I could tell that it was a premise with promise but it was not achieved in this telling. The protagonists are pure good and the villains pure evil and the rest of their character is similarly bland. Most of the "twists" in the plot were obvious from literally the very first clue (especially the biggest one). Aside from the amateur elements, what really drove me nuts was the way the main character responds (or lacks response) to her stepmother's abuse. She gets treated horribly and never once fights back, even verbally. All she ever does is simper and apologize. She doesn't even say anything when she's ordered to give up her foot for crying out loud! It just made me furious to listen to it. I had to quit the Dresden books for the same reason (in that case Dresden passively taking abuse from his lady cop "friend"). I want to like this story but it's definitely a shadow of what it could have been and pretty mediocre as is.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've had it for sometime now and kept passing it over in favor of other titles. I'm so happy I decided to go ahead and finally give it a try. The story is not only a cleaver reimagining of a classic, well known fairytale, it is very well written and well paced. I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys SciFi, fantasy, and YA novels.