This afternoon I settled down with the sole intention of finishing my 57th book of the year and the 2015 Reading Challenge: ‘Cinder’ by Marissa Meyer, completing #35 A book set in the future. Set in New Beijing far, far in the future, it tells the story of mechanic Cinder and her quest to escape her step-mother (and the evil Lunar queen, Levana).
My Goodreads Review
“‘Cinder’, by Marissa Meyer, is a re-telling of the classic fairytale Cinderella. The components of the stories are largely the same: Cinder lives with her evil step-mother and two step-sisters, is forced into manual labour to make a living, whilst her family spend her hard earned wages on material objects, and she falls for the prince of the land. However, the main twist in this tale is that Cinder is a cyborg – that is, not entirely human.
The characters were all well developed, including Cinder’s step-sister Peony and her step-mother Adri, and the plot progressed at a reasonable rate. The writing style was a little bit juvenile and there were gaps in the information provided, which if expanded would only have added to the story. The “big reveal” was unbelievably obvious and there wasn’t much that surprised me throughout the novel.”
This book (and the rest of the series) has received an extraordinary amount of hype over the last couple of years, and I fail to understand it. I feel it doesn’t deserve all the praise, but I am interested in seeing how the remaining novels develop the story – I fail to see how Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White (the inspirations for the four novels) will intertwine sufficiently well to create a tight-knit universe. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
#35 A book set in the future – Cinder by Marissa Meyer (5/10)
Forty down, ten to go. (Fifty-seven read)
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