- Title: Cinder
- Author: Marissa Meyer
- Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
- Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Emma, Guest Reviewer
- Rating: 5 out of 5
Description: 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.
Review: Well, what to say about this book!
I love reading books with beautiful prose and vivid descriptions that paint pretty pictures in your mind and carry you away somewhere else.
This book is not one of them.
This book seems to have taken the other route, the route where the author focuses on the story more than the prose, the characterization rather than the setting. This is not writing by numbers, this is writing by feel.
Cinder is an intelligently written story and I like the choices that Meyer makes throughout the book. The writing is clean and simple in the best way possible, you barely notice the writing. It flows, it’s smooth, it’s secondary to the telling of the story. It’s not distracting. Meyer gives you just enough for your mind to fill in the rest. She is not showy with her skill, and I believe it takes a skilled writer to write in such a minimalist way and for the story not to suffer for it. Instead of being carried away by pretty writing, it’s the story itself – and the way Meyer tells it – that draws you in. If she would have written in flowery prose it would have read like the original fairytale, and a fairytale this book is not. Meyer hasn’t re-written Cinderella, Meyer has taken all of the pertinent moments from Cinderella and re-invented it.
If The Brother’s Grimm were only now writing the fairytale of Cinderella, this is the story they would write.
Bravo, Marissa Meyer.