Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl....
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
©2012 Marissa Meyer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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.
Fairy tale with a different perspective, female character with sensitive side, a mechanic, can kick butt and not shed a tear.
I know that many fo Cinderella stories have been written over the years, but for me this is my favourite.
For the critical reader then, be warned that I am not being very partial as I write and that my weakness for romance has most certainly biased me towards this story.
what I liked :
The character of Cinder had much one could relate to, her role being that of the justified underdog and the author did a very good job of exploiting this point. It is where I bonded most with Cinder. That sense of self righteousness is addictive, though admittedly not advisable in every case.
The author's use of the future setting comfortable and well rounded. Many writers, in an attempt to draw in the sci-fi crowd ring their world's dry. This was not the case here.
What I didn't like:
While the world was well crafted it did seem just slightly simplistic, mostly early on in the book.
I don't have a lot bad to say about this book. To be honest I couldn't put it down.
My advice, at least try it. Its not this reader's opinion you'll regret it.
Just a good listen. Could hardly put it down. Worth more than one credit. You won't be disappointed. Also a great narrator. So many twists and turns. I immediately bought the next book.
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