Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 3, 2012)
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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. . .I'm of two minds about this book, so I guess I'll just lay it all out there and let you make up your own mind. I thought that Cinder had an absolutely fantastic premise. I love, love, love the idea of a futuristic Cinderella, where "Cinderella" is a cyborg. It made for such an interesting and original story. However, while reading it, there was just something off for me. I felt the same way while reading The Faery Ring, by Kiki Hamilton, like I should like this book more, but something was missing. I think that it's just written a little too "young" for me, like it would click more with the 10-14 year old crowd than the 17 and up crowd, if that makes sense.
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.
Here are my thoughts on why this is the case:
- The setting isn't really detailed. The possibilities are endless with New Beijing, the marketplace vs. the palace, and the Lunar planet, but I never did get any real feel for any of it.
- The language seems young and there's nothing futuristic about it. They even say things like "drat" and "thank heavens." It seems like there should be some new slang, that far in the future.
- I never could really get a grasp on Cinder, as far as how human is she? I guess I don't really know what a cyborg is technically, but in my opinion, you shouldn't have to do any research when reading a book, the story should give you all the information you need.
- The ending was WAY too predictable. You may think this is because of it being based off of Cinderella, but that's not what I mean. I actually like knowing kind-of what's going to happen based upon the fairy tale. But there are other other "mysteries" that should be a little less obvious, but unfortunately were not.
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Book Doppelgangers: The Fairie Ring by Kiki Hamilton, Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon, Entwined by Heather Dixon, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
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- Sexual Content: Mild
- Profanity: Mild
- Violence: Moderate
- Other Notables: Mild