I missed the boat at Netgalley to request an ARC of Cinder, but I had heard great things from my blogging friends who had a chance to get their hands on it. The hype in my head was overwhelming and I pre-ordered Cinder on my Nook and started reading the first chance I could! I was worried that I was over-hyping myself and would be unable to remain objective (either for the better or the worse) while reading it. Turns out, I was so immersed in the story there was no need to worry!
The Scoop: (Goodreads)
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. . . .
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.
In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.
So.. Cinder is Cinderella meets the Terminator with a splash of The Hot Zone plagues and quarantines for good measure. Cinder is a cyborg, which at first concerned me in terms of love-interest ickiness (not so sure about robot/human love play).
|I defy you to discriminate against this little fella!|
|Don't think this is what Walt had in mind...|
My only criticism would be that Cinder has fallen into the YA reader-manipulating pitfall of ending a book right in the middle of a major plot-point, thus insuring that the rabid reader will stand in line for the sequel. I will be one of those people (if a bit resentfully), but I wish this madness would stop. It is possible to write/edit a YA novel and wrap up the main story while keeping enough carrots dangling to keep the reader anticipating the continuation of the tale. This just seems like a device for a book that is not as well constructed as Cinder is. The merits of the Cinder alone would have prompted readers to seek out the sequel, the gimmick is unnecessary. If anything, it makes me not want to recommend this book to my friends until the sequel has come out so they won't be hanging on tenterhooks like I am.
|If Stephenie Meyer had ended New Moon right after Bella's cliff-diving scene, I might have been a little ticked off.|