Author: Marissa Meyer
Published by: Feiwel & Friends (2012)
My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭
What a mix of genres this book was! Sci-fi, fantasy, fairy-tale retelling, a bit of dystopia—everything! This would truly take talent to pull off, but Marissa Meyer did an excellent job.
Characters: The characters were well developed to the most part, and I loved the author’s choice of names—Cinder, Peony, Kai, etc. Though I did feel Peony was not quite developed deep enough as a character; I did not get enough time with her to truly love her before she inflicts the disease and then what comes after. On the other hand, Cinder’s relationship with her sister was written well enough that you do feel at least through Cinder’s mind, even if you never particularly knew Peony yourself.
Cinderella as a cyborg—which, I learned, is a human with metal synethic parts—was a great concept, and the whole element was written incredibly realistically! I found it interesting and amusing; Cinder was an intriguing character you just can’t help wondering about.
Setting: The fairy-tale element was a great idea in my opinion, and it flowed with the story wonderfully, despite the many, many, many additions (which were also well written). I liked the way the author chose to paint Peony as one of Cinder’s friends, rather than the bratty stepsister she is in the original fairy tale. The interaction between Kai and Cinder I loved—nothing I’d define as “romance” but definitely fairy-tale love.
Besides the fairy-tale element, the story had clear sci-fi and dystopian elements. The story—which takes place in China—is a futuristic world in which robots are a big part of (dystopia) and is also a world threatened by Lunars, the people from the moon who want to invade (sci-fi). Overall it was a fantastic read and I’m looking forward to see where the story goes in the second book, Scarlet. 5 stars!