“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer

 

Published 2012 by Feiwel and Friends

If you’ve read through my blogs, then it should come as no surprise that I loved “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. I love fairy tales and I love them with a twist and there could be no bigger twist then Cinderella as a cyborg. I originally saw “Cinder” for the first time on the shelf at the public library. I was attracted by the cover art and the title, which told me that the story would be about Cinderella. I was interested to see how this would work out which is why I picked up the book. I stayed because I want to see the evil Queen Levana dethroned; it didn’t happen in “Cinder” but it will in 2015 with the last installment in the Lunar Series, Winter.

Overall this is a great book. I like the Grimm’s version of Cinderella. And I like the Disney version of Cinderella. Okay I like all remakes of Cinderella even the really cheese versions. I don’t have evil step-sisters or an evil-stepmother but I love the idea of the underdog coming out on top, which is what I’m guessing makes the story of Cinderella timeless.  Meyer’s style of writing and the plot are my favorite parts. I really don’t have any parts of the story that I found issue with.

Meyer’s style of writing sets the pace. I worry about stories that run over three hundred pages, because I often find there are sections of useless description or character dialogue, but that isn’t the case here. Instead the style is somewhat abrupt getting to the point using sac sync phrasing and word choice.  Each character was fully formed in my mind and the setting was well developed.  I can’t say that Cinder is my favorite character personality wise, but I like her journey.  There are aspects to Cinder’s development that seem forced, in particular her acceptance of her identity. Her true identity is reveled officially in the last chapter to the character. There are two ways to read this that Cinder hasn’t accepted her identity but accepted that it’s a good idea to flee the country or she has accepted her identity and decided to undertake the journey of reclaiming her throne. Either way it seemed a bit forced because there wasn’t enough internal dialogue to understand her choice.

After reading I did a search of reviews and came across a few that found fault with the books use of Asian culture.  I’ll admit I didn’t notice the faults that these reviewers found but I do think it is necessary to respond because they made good points. In respects to the use of Asian culture I think it was done more as part of a new trend to use Asian culture as a way of making setting seem more futuristic.  I don’t really think it’s about true Asian culture just a way of setting the scene.  I don’t know if that’s bad or good, but it’s my opinion.

2 Responses to ““Cinder” by Marissa Meyer”

  1. I enjoyed your review. The use of the Asian setting didn’t really bother me when I read the book. But I also didn’t think the author really made the Asian setting very unique. I do like the book though. Thanks for linking to my review!

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