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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Another fairy tale pastiche, Cinder is the Cinderella story cast in the distant future.  The quirky spin on this YA novel:  Cinder is a cyborg.

There is a selfish, avaricious stepmother, one good and one egotistical stepsister, an evil queen, and a handsome prince. 

Of course, Cinder and the prince are immediately attracted to one another.  This is a retelling of a fairy tale, after all.  It is easy to understand on Cinder's part-- I mean, what teenage girl would not fall into fandom with a handsome prince who seems down t0 earth and unassuming.  Not that Cinder doesn't try to deny her insta-liking; of course, she does.  She is fully aware that if poor and socially unsuitable isn't enough to put off any male (much less the PRINCE), the cyborg factor would be a game changer.

The cyborg device makes for an interesting twist to the familiar tale, an ill-fitting prosthetic leg instead of a glass slipper.  However, several things bothered me, and some areas felt either repetitious or unnecessary. The plague aspect didn't work for me; it felt unreal and glossed over, used as a convenient plot device, but never generating the fear and panic such a deadly plague would create.

A lot of potential, but everything felt very surface, which is, indeed, a characteristic of fairy tales.  

Cinder is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles.  Young readers who want a fast read and enjoy a fairy tale romance will enjoy this novel.  In fact, it seems to have been extremely popular and most reviews are very positive.  It isn't that I disliked it, but it didn't have the "je nais se quoi" that Megan Whalen Turner, Jane Yolen, Robin McKinley, and Donna Jo Napoli have in their books.

YA/SciFi.  2012.  


  1. I love retelling of classic stories or fairy tales. I, too, have read some positive reviews for this one. Too bad it didn't quite work for you.

  2. I am curious about this one, and have been wanting to give it a try. I don't know if I will like it as much as others have, but hopefully I will enjoy it. Maybe?

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  4. oops. Forgot I was on the HT account. As I was saying, I didn't love this, but I still want to read the rest of the trilogy at some point.

  5. I've really been curious about this one. I will probably have to try it one of these days!

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  6. Marie - It almost worked! And I probably will read the next one.

    LF - Cinder has a lot going for it; most readers loved it.

    Kailana - Exactly! I will probably finish the trilogy, too.

    Iliana - Give it a try. I'm definitely not a gauge of excellence. :)