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
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Everything! I know that's not a great answer but seriously I loved this story. I loved the characters, the dialogue, the unique take on the classic Cinderella fairy tale. I can't think of anything that I didn't enjoy about this book. Wait...I just thought of something. I stayed up way too late listening to it. Only two hours of sleep at my age is not a good thing.
One of the most memorable moments was when Cinder had to refit herself with her old, too small, foot. Ugh...I could feel her pain and felt so bad for her.
The author did an amazing job of reinventing the big elements of Cinderella (the glass slipper, the evil stepmother, etc.). They are memorable and even though the story is futuristic the elements are relatable and easy to imagine.
Cinder is the first book that I have listened to that Rebecca Soler has narrated. She did an AMAZING job. I think she nailed all the characters and made the story flow. I immediately purchased book 2, Scarlett.
I loved it so much that I actually listened to the audiobook, read the eBook version, and ordered a hardback copy for my bookshelf. Excited to listen, read, and collect the rest of the series.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating 4.75
Story Rating 5.00
Character Rating 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: This was a fantastic story that I was totally surprised I liked so much!
“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder
This book has been reviewed a thousand times so I thought I would approach it a little differently. I am not really a YA reader (only 12 out of my 205 read books for 2012 were YA). This is going down as one of my favorites. There was zero angsty drama, zero triangles, and the story was fantastically rich and full. Even though the story starts with Once Upon a Time, it is not your typical fairytale retelling. In fact, it has all the elements but then takes you on a journey that you won't soon forget.
“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder
The whole cast of characters were very well done! The only draw back (if there was one) was the quickness of the end of the story. I felt that all the characters were in 1.5xx time. They felt rushed so I did a little bit too. Plus, I was left wanting more about 2 particular characters (not saying who) and so that was the only reason for a slight knock down in the rating in that area.
Narrated by Rebecca Soler/Running Time 10 hrs and 6 mins
I highly recommend this book in audio format. Rebecca did a great job with the pacing, voices, and emotion. I will be continuing this series on audiobook.
Final Thought: I recommend Cinder to any reader young and old alike!
I, personally, love rewrites of fairy tales, so this was just up my alley. But I think the particular take on these stories is very clever (Cinderella as a cyborg missing a foot; Little Red Riding Hood as a produce truck driver for her grandmother's farm, Rapunzel as a hacker stuck in a space satellite). They each put the female leads in roles that are not gender-traditional and promote STEM interests, so have a nice educational aspect without being heavy handed. Plus there is an over-arching plot/mystery that is original and connects all the fairytale twists together. While at times predictable (again, working with known stories/fairy tales), quite enjoyable. I have hooked both middle school and high school girls on these.
When I first started this book, I almost just quit reading because I just could not get into the whole New Beijing, cyborgs, etc., but I am now glad I just stuck with it because it turned out to be an interesting book that made me want to continue the series with that being said... it is very YA. Just be prepared for that, but I did quite enjoy Marissa Meyer's style of writing and her descriptions of everything that was taking place.
If you loved the Hunger Games (and stories of that genre), you will most likely enjoy this.
This book isn't as trite or kitschy as I thought it would be. The writing was fun and the setting was actually well thought out. Yes, it's just a spin on Cinderella, but hey it was well done. I say, "Go for it!" You'll probably have a good time if you're into this sort of stuff. I certainly did. I will give you a heads up though - the future books in the series seem to be much less original and fun.
No, I would not. I enjoyed the story, but I did not like the end... or, to be more precise, the lack of a proper ending. Even when a book is part of a series, I do believe it needs an end of it's own, some sort of conclusion of at least a part of the plot. At the end of Cinder, I felt like I bought, and listened to, an incomplete story.
Really enjoyed this story. It dusted off a classic and made it fresh and new again. enjoyed the story and the narrator very much.
I was not a big Cinderella person, I know the story, but this twist was a fresh take on the old story. It was very good.
I had a difficult time getting into this book at first. The whole Cinderella story and Cinder thing was irritating. I didn't catch on to the "play on words" in the title before I purchased the book so I was a bit aggravated when I started to listen. Once I got past the first few chapters and the story mostly got away from the Cinderella story line it got better. I am actually listening to the sequels of this book. The narrator does a decent job. I've heard better but definitely heard worse. I just wish the author would have had more confidence in herself to start the book out with an original story line instead of using a well known fairy tale. Over all a pretty good listen.
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