Cinder was probably one of the first books I put on my to be read list when I joined Goodreads and after hunting it down in a library near me (book buying ban remember?), I finally found out what all the hype was about.
In case the name and description hadn’t given it away; Cinder is a retelling of the fairytale Cinderella. This is the first retelling I’ve read and I think it’s set the standard pretty high.
Since it’s a retelling, it is predictable but that doesn’t mean it’s boring or isn’t worth the read. I knew how it should end but I felt myself worrying for Cinder and hoping that everything would turn out right.
I also felt myself willing Prince Kai to make the right decision and turning each page with a little bit of dread, just incase he didn’t.
If that isn’t the sign of a great author, then I really don’t know what is.
Meyer allowed me to feel Cinder’s feelings, and her stepmother / guardian? Jeez, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to punch a character so much since Dolores Umbridge. I’m getting a little riled up just thinking about her, she was so horrible to Cinder and I could feel that.
The first half of the book a little slow in places but the second half onwards was much more action-packed and gripping.
It’s books like this that make me want to read more sci-fi based books. The very idea that Cinderella is a cyborg is AWESOME and I want to read more books like that.
Scarlet is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series and to be honest I’m a little miffed that another seemingly important character comes into play because I like Cinder and I want to read about her and just her. I don’t want another new main character.
I guess I feel like when one of your parents has a new boyfriend / girlfriend and you meet them warily for the first time and in your head you’re thinking: “YOU’RE NOT MY MUMMY! Don’t you try and be cooler than her!” I’m sure Meyer will win me over though.
Have you ever read a fairytale retelling?