My rating: 5 of 5 stars
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.
Warning: This review contain spoilers. Be warned.
Cinder is the retelling of Cinderella, but set in a futuristic world where a fourth world war has already gone to pass. She’s a mechanic, which is pretty smart considering that she’s a cyborg, and around 36% machine herself.
I have to admit: I’m a sucker for retellings. Whether it’s fairytales or classics—I just love it. There’s something awe inspiring about seeing what different people can do with the same premise. How they all change it to be unique, despite stemming from the same thing.
And, “Cinder” isn’t any different. Whereas, some may argue that the comparisons are sparse, I think it was just the right amount.
The ‘evil’ stepmother, the servant treatment of the main character, the handsome prince, the ball, and the dropped “shoe”.
But, at the same time, the author also changed the different aspects of the story.
– Where in the original Cinderella has two evil step sisters, Cinder has one evil and one good.
– Where in the original Cinderella Is treated like a servant because her father passed, Cinder is treated like a slave because the law dictates that cyborgs aren’t human beings, plus, she’s adopted.
– Where in the original Cinderella has a fairy godmother, Cinder has an android helper.
– Where in the original Cinderella drops a glass shoe as she runs away from the ball, Cinder drops her entire foot. (It’s prosthetic)
It was all incredibly awesome. With an engaging voice, Marissa Meyer managed to create this amazing futuristic society, that seemed believable to a point where it kinda scared me.
I devoured “Cinder” in less than a day, because I simply couldn’t stop. I had to know… more. Just more.
There are so many things I absolutely loved in this book. The characters. The plot. The world building. The writing. I adored everything.
This next section will be inside spoiler tags since I might accidentally spoil some events from the sequel. I’m writing this after I just finished the last book in the series, so my brain is a tad muddled.
I personally would have preferred a few differences. Hence the lost half star in the rating (although, I did round up!) . However, I am willing to admit that it might be slightly biased since it’s probably just that I wanted more.
– Garan, Cinder’s adoptive father. Considering that he’s the one who adopted Cinder, I had hoped to know more about him and his motivations/aspirations. However, I know that he was already deceased a short time after the adoption went through, but still… had hoped for a bit more background.
– Peony, Cinder’s good step sister. I absolutely adored her, and I found her entire existence refreshing. Like a ray of sunshine in one big shitstorm. However, the scenes with Peony are very sparse. Considering that she was one of the few humans who were actually decent to Cinder, I wanted a bit more of her. And I also think it’s absolutely unfair that she didn’t get to meet Prince Kai.
– Lunars, the mysterious gifted moon people. I’m a sucker for world building, and I kinda liked the idea that a colony on the moon changed the DNA of the inhabitants, until it was an entire different race. However, I probably wouldn’t have minded a full on history lesson on all things Lunar.
Ah yes. We can’t have it all, can we? Despite my wishes for more content, I absolutely loved the book. If anything, I can always hope that I get a short story or a novella that will delve into the above mentioned things.
Chopchop Marissa Meyer, no dallying. I. Need. More.
If you aren’t sure about this series, try one book—or even one of the free short stories on wattpad—and see if you like it. Personally, I ordered the entire series without having read anything. I’m just lucky it was worth it.
I would recommend this to Sci-fi, Fantasy and YA lovers. It’s truly an amazing series, and I believe both girls and boys will find something to like in this book. Comes highly recommended. To everyone. Go read it. Now.