Really good if you're into futuristic science fiction! (I'm not... hence the low rating for me.)
In case you haven’t figured it out, this book is a retelling of Cinderella. In fact, the whole Lunar Chronicles series are retellings of fairy tales in a steampunk, sci-fi kind of way. I love retellings and this one was so unique! I am a big fan of steampunk, so to read a book that combines that AND fairy tales!? OMG!!! This book was AWESOME! I loved the good characters, the bad characters, the androids, the plot, everything! There was a great cliffhanger at the end, not so much that there wasn’t closure, but now I NEED to read Scarlet to see what happens!
I agree with some other reviewers that it was predictable, but I really liked the world and the characters, and it was very fast paced.
Counts for "Young Adult" challenge on Summer Reading.
Predictable from page one, but highly enjoyable.
So...when I was in junior high, I used to read Sailor Moon fanfiction by a writer by the name of Alicia Blade. Her fanfics were my favourites because she got the characters down SO WELL, plus she wrote Season 1 Serena/Darien (back when they still bickered and hated each other and didn't know they were lovers in a past life). Also, she wrote humour extraordinarily well, which is tricky.
Alicia Blade is Marissa Meyer.
I can see Sailor Moon influences ALL OVER Cinder, and I LOVE IT. I remember reading this when it first came out and liking it, but I'd fallen off the series band wagon, so I decided to pick it back up. Cue binge read in 3...2...1..
What an amazing retelling of Cinderella! It was amazing! I recommend it to all who love fantasy & sci-fi and especially those who love Cinderella so they can be as amazed as I was about this new perspective of the story. The ending though, oh my, I can't wait to pick up Scarlet like asap! It's hard to express my feelings for this book without fangirling. I found myself captivated by the book from the beginning! I loved how it had some of the original bits of Cinder, like the stepmother and the two stepsisters and that she was basically the servent (except she's also a mechanic who works to pay off all the bills). I mean I don't want to say anything more because I don't want to spoil it, but its definitely so original. Plus the idea of cyborgs! I loved it! I really won't say anything else because I don't want to spoil it at all but I definitely recommend this to all young adult readers! Beautiful!