A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.
So, Cinder comes highly recommended from pretty much everyone. Very highly indeed. I’m not going to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did, but I will say that I don’t quite understand the hype.
Let me being by saying that I adore the premise. As I mentioned in my October TBR, I heard that this book was set in a world not totally dissimilar to the world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, and I can attest to that. The hustle and bustle of the marketplace, the ‘netscreens’ that are up all over the place showing the latest newsheadlines, and the merging and separation of the world’s population are just some of the things the two worlds have in common. The cyborg aspect was just an added bonus. I was intruiged by the relationship between humans, cyborgs, and androids and I wish that it had been explored further.
But. I don’t know how much of a secret the BIG REVEAL was supposed to be, but I guessed it very early on and I think it ruined that aspect of the story for me. And Whilst I quite liked Cinder as a character, in all of her occasionally pouty sixteen year old chosen one glory, I felt like she was the only character who had been properly fleshed out. I mean, Kai was cute, the Evil Queen was evil; everyone was whom you expected them to be. (Well, with the exception of Cinder’s awesome android, Iko, who provided excellent comic relief.) I immediately wanted to like Dr Ehmann, in my head he was basically Stanley Tucci’s Dr Erskine from Captain America, but he was just so creepy that it put me right off him; even after his personality was reversed out of nowhere and he became the character I wanted him to be. I also had issues with some of the writing. There were certain phrases that seemed over used within too few pages, and other phrases that pulled me right out of the story, no matter how much I was enjoying it at the time.
The story and the setting were great and I was rooting for the book the whole way but something just didn’t click. It did get kind of exciting toward the end there though, so I might just have to give the sequel, Scarlett, a read, too.