250 Word Review: Cinder (Marissa Meyer)
Confession first: Having read so many great reviews for this, I feel like a bit of a cow for not loving it – but I didn’t. I enjoyed it, and I’ll definitely be reading Scarlet, but it wasn’t a ‘really loved it’ or an all-time favourite, and for me, that’s an overall 3-star review. I’d rather just admit that outright, than bump up my review a little to blend in. But please bear in mind, this is only my opinion, and if you loved it, good for you!
Summary (from Goodreads.com)
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the 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.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Length: 387 Pages
First up, I should point out that I’m not a big sci-fi fan, by any stretch of the imagination. However, I do enjoy fairytale retellings, and the rave reviews for this meant I had to give it a look.
I liked the general premise: the cyborgs, the Lunars, the New Beijing setting…but for me personally it just felt like too much in a short period of time – I’d have liked each to be a bit more explored. I also felt the ‘twist’ was too predictable. I know there will be some who say a fairytale is supposed to be predictable, but from my point of view, if the story is retold aimed at a teenage audience, the twist shouldn’t be spelt out for a child to grasp.
That’s not to say I didn’t like the book at all – I did. I thought the characters were good (especially Iko), and I was gripped by the plot at the same time as I was sceptical about it. I don’t in any way regret short time it took to read, and I’m glad I now understand what all the hype was about. It’s definitely been one of my favourites this year, and I’ll certainly be reading Scarlet – but Cinder won’t be making my all-time favourites list.
Buy it? I’d buy it on a deal like 2 for £7, but I don’t think I’d buy it alone for more than £5.
In a nutshell: Definitely worth a read.