Overview (No Spoilers): After seeing so many of my fellow bloggers reviewing this series I couldn’t resist adding Cinder to my reading list. Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy a good Cinderella story? My personal favorite Cinderella tale is the 1965 Rodgers and Hammerstein version, which we watched countless times growing up. I remembered having the startling realization, when I was much older than I probably should have been, that when you fall in love with someone the two of you don’t break out into spontaneous, choreographed song, much less having the whole neighborhood join in The point being, fairytale adaptions are usually easy for me to add to my reading list due to the nostalgic feelings they drum up. Specifically, this futuristic tale world where cyborgs, androids, and humans coexists within castes, and the moon has been inhabited to the point of creating a totally different species of human. While the world building lacked a bit in detail category for my liking and despite the overall predictability of the plot, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the storyline for what it was meant to be. Cinder, a lonely cyborg, terrorized by her stepmother turned out to be an extremely likable character, along with her sidekick droid Iko who made me laugh aloud on multiple occasions. Really, the character development created by Meyer, from the main protagonist to her terrible stepmother, saved this book from the abyss that I’ve banished the Red Queen. Overall, with taking into context the YA genre and general predictability, Cinder is an entertaining, fast paced read that draws you in with both endearing and infuriating characters!
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- Early on in Cinder it was mentioned that the rightful heir to the Lunar throne had been killed as a child in a fire and that there were subsequent rumors that the youth had survived. With regard to predictability, it was fairly obvious that Cinder would eventually end up being this long lost heir.
- I thoroughly enjoyed the Prince’s interactions with Cinder, however wonder the extent that the relationship would have been different had Kai known that she was a cyborg. Why are cyborg’s treated as sub humans? I realize that they have metal parts so their bodies have stayed alive, but it sounds like in typical circumstances they retain their previous memories. Will Cinder be accepted to the throne now that everyone knows she is cyborg?
- I hated Cinder’s stepmother who was just awful, especially when she took the poor girl’s leg and tore Iko into pieces. Will Cinder be able to revive Iko? Her surviving Stepsister was almost as terrible as her mother. The scene where the girl opened Cinder’s gift from the Prince and proceeded to ruin it was positively infuriating.
- Did the Queen of Luna purposely drive her people to Earth to spread the plague, thereby having a cure as a bargaining chip? Will Kai or his scientists find a cure? Will Kai marry Queen Levana?
- How did Dr. Erland stay hidden as a Lunar fugitive for so long on earth especially with his prominent role in society?
- Who was girl that called Cinder to from Luna to warn her about the Queen’s intentions? Will she be caught or play a bigger role?
- Kai has Cinder’s leg that holds Iko’s personality chip and the uplink to the Luna informer. Will he find them?
- The death of Cinder’s kind stepsister was so heartbreaking, especially as Cinder had the cure for her in hand when she passed. Will the public realize that Cinder gave the cure to Sunto instead, ultimately saving him?
- What is Konn’s story and is he looking out for the good of the realm or is he actually against Kai?
- I liked that the story was based in China, which was a fresh take compared to most YA fiction.