Sunday, October 30, 2016

Crown Review #4 - Cinder

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1
Length: 395 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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.

“Even in the Future, the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” 

This book was amazing, but there is something I want to say first: Those who rated this book low because it wasn't like Cinderella needs to rethink their statement. Some people have said that Cinder is "based" on the tale of Cinderella. While true, I feel that inspired would be a better word for the description of this book. 

Readers would have probably enjoyed the tale of Cinder more understanding that the tale was "inspired" rather than "based." I believed that some readers did not enjoy this tale because someone said that it was "based" on the story, and that this story should be very similar to that. Let me tell you now, its not

While Cinder has bits and pieces similar to Cinderella, the tale of Cinder is completely different and set in a completely different world. You can match some of the characters to their respective inspiration to the original tale, but for this story, they stood out in many, different ways.

If you read this book like I did, choosing to read the story as it's own and not based on another story, you would really enjoy this book more than the others did. 

Now, let's actually look into the story where it was good and where it was bad. The good parts were the storyline and the details. Most of the world-creating were well executed as well. Everything was well-explained and thought out perfectly. I could not imagine the characters, setting, and everything else in any other way other than the details provided. (Although I may have imagined Iko differently.)

The only part of the book I didn't like was the brief explanation of Lunar Planet (or moon, that is) and the history behind it. It was only briefly stated about what happened in the past, and that was it. It was not really explained well and it really could have been explained better with more details. Although I understood what was provided, I wished there was more to it. There were other details falling in the same scenario, but the Lunar setting part was on the top of the list.

Other than that, I do believe that most people can really enjoy this tale, but I hope they were just as open minded as I was while reading this amazing book.

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