A re-imagining of the famous fairy tale, Cinder takes place in New Beijing – where it’s been over a century since World War 4 and humans & androids coexist precariously in a land where a plague runs rampant. Cinder, the best cyborg mechanic there is, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister’s illness. Shunned by those around her, Cinder happens on a chance encounter with the handsome Prince Kai who becomes enamoured with her. Conflicted with her own feelings and finding herself tangled up in a larger political plot, she must figure out her role in all of this before it is too late.
I have been waiting to read this highly-anticipated novel by Marissa Meyer for the last few months. The cover alone drew me in, but the premise of the story equally caught my interest. What an imaginative undertaking, to make an iconic of a character as Cinderella be a cyborg. I enjoyed that the setting was not a commonly used one such as United States or England (even though the one mention of Canada uses “hesitant” in the sentence ;)), but I felt the Asian cultural aspect of New Beijing could have been more fully utilized.
Meyer’s writing of her characters is descriptive, with a lot of detail and attention paid to their mannerisms and facial expressions. I couldn’t quite get on board with Prince Kai’s constant sarcasm though. It felt out of place to me, and didn’t match the overall environment of the story. I loved this futuristic twist on a familiar tale, with enough variations on a classic to keep you guessing. Even though I saw some plot points from quite early on, it’s the journey to get to that moment that kept me reading. The first in a 4-book series, Cinder has definitely piqued my interest to keep me wanting more. I’d be curious to see if the subsequent installments are still focusing on the Cinderella story, or whether other fairy tales make their appearances too.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5 stars)
Cinder is now currently available in stores.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.