My Review of Cinder
Surprisingly good. I’ve read a fair bit of Young Adult, but I generally don’t look forward with more than mild interest to reading books that are popular amongst YA readers. (Mostly because they tend to be fantasy, and we know how well fantasy works for me. *yawns*) However, I’d seen that the prequel to Cinder (Glitches), was free on Wattpad, so I figured I’d go check it out. I pretty much instantly requested the e-book version of Cinder after reading that short story.
Then, I was hooked. Couldn’t stop reading. Is it deep? No. Its a fairy-tale retelling. I didn’t think hard (or at all) about the original Cinderella story, so why would I look for deep, meaningful jabbering in a re-telling anyways? Is it a game-changer? Not hardly. However, it is extremely engaging and the fast pace made sure I zoomed right through it. Meyer crafts a world that sucks you in, and when it finally spits you out, you’re left sputtering and thinking “Wait. No! It can’t be over yet!”
Now, there were some problems. I don’t mind the fact that it wasn’t thought-provoking, but Cinder is… well, Cinder’s an idiot. A good-hearted idiot, but an idiot nonetheless. Some of the decisions she makes just had me tilting my head to the side and going “Eh?” Plus, there’s the vehicle. Nevermind the fact that, y’know, its been so long since anyone’s even used one that the likelihood of her being able to find fuel to run the thing is kind of …well, nonexistent. As a pumpkin analog it just was a bit too much of a stretch. Lets just leave it at that. Oh, and its supposed to take place in “New Bejing” but never once I do get an impression of a different culture beyond chopsticks, buddha, and dragons.
The personalities or lack thereof is something I felt like I should have a problem with, but I really didn’t. Its a fairytale re-telling. Its not like the Disney movies give us complex (or even really believable) characters when you think about it. I love my mindless I-dream-of-smoochies fairytales, so… yeah. The empty slot where the author should have inserted personalities is visible, buts its easy to ignore.
Overall, while the actual story was somewhat unique in its presentation, the tale is almost as old as time, and there were enough issues that had a run-of-the-mill writer spun this tale, I would have easily gave it a rating of 3 out of 5. However, Meyer has talent, and the way this tale was spun has ensured that I will be coming back for more, and (eventually) reading the second in the series. That definitely bumps it up a notch. Definitely a fun YA novel that will keep you entertained for a few hours.
Title: Cinder | Series: Lunar Chronicles (#1) | Author: Marissa Meyer (site) | Publisher: Feiwel & Friends | Pub. Date: 2012-1-3 | Pages: 390 | ISBN13: 9780312641894 | Genre(s): Young Adult & Fantasy & Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: Teen death due to illness | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-1-6 | Source: Library | Available on Kindle Unlimited? No.