Monday, April 27, 2015

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.


Title- Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) Audiobook.
Author- Marissa Meyer.
Publish date- 2012.
Publisher- Macmillan Young Listeners.

(Goodreads)

Review time...

(A Brief) Synopsis:
A retelling of Cinderella, Cinder takes place on future earth, in the province of New Beijing, where a mechanic not only has to struggle through every day with the prejudice of others hurled against her for being a cyborg, but with the fate life has planned for her. It includes princes and evil queens and mind alteration!


What I thought:
Cinder. Oh, Cinder. I don’t really know what to say about you. You were an idea I was intrigued by, when you first came along, and I had the luck to receive an ARC of you, though I couldn’t get through it.
A few years later I got the audiobook out from my library, wanting to try again after reading a lot about it around our bloggy world. Got to disc 2 or 3s end and quit, for a second time.
And again, a year later, I decided to retry, because Angela and so many of you reviewers out there loved this series so much.

I got past disc 2 or 3. I got through it all. And I enjoyed it, amazing and astonishing as that seems to me.
It was predictable, certainly, very few of the plot twists surprising me, and I found Cinder’s complete lack of sense when it comes to her personal safety to be pretty frustrating (I mean, just get away from Audrey already!), and Kai’s persistence was… confusing, especially when it came to Cinder’s reactions to most of the things he said or did, but none of that really hindered my enjoyment, as such. I raised my eyebrows, frowned and shook my head, but in a way that only proved I was starting to get quite involved with the story. Because I also smiled, and squirmed with happiness, or listened on with anxiety, though lets pretend it was because I was running that my heart was beating faster, okay?

Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella, and it is a good retelling. It builds up a world that is fearsome and changed and damaged, with people living on the moon ruled by a fearsome queen, and people on earth struggling against a devastating plague. Cyborgs are part of the world- Cinder is one of them- and they are not counted as human in any way. It was painful to see so many people discount Cinder and cyborgs as feelingless, as robots who couldn’t love or care or have emotions. It was really hard hitting, that.

One kind of big question- or point- I have, though: why is Cinder the best mechanic in New Beijing? Because the mechanical skills she shows over the course of the story aren’t all that spectacular. She hits things on the corner of and against tables, cleans wiring and replaces the occasional worn piece. To me, that’s common sense. Not really best mechanic in the province kind of stuff.

Rating: Hmm… to Ooh, very good. Not really either, a bit of both.
Well I did it! And I enjoyed it, too. Cinder was original, if not all that difficult to see where it’d go, plot-wise, but it was a good retelling of Cinderella and I’m certainly going to move onto the second book.

22 comments:

  1. YEAH!!! Another fan of this great series. I really cannot wait for the last book to come out. I think as the books get further along they become more Fantasy then the first book which had more of a sci-fi feel to it. I just fly through these books. It is really quite crazy that I just can't put them down.

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    1. You got me, Angela! I'm excited to read Scarlet (waiting to see if my library will get it on audio) and am even more excited about the series getting progressivey more fantasy- I liked the sci-fi feel, and I do like sci-fi, but it does kind of feel like it could be even better with fantasy elements included. Sci-fantasy!
      xx

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  2. Well, at least you were able to get through it, finally, after so many tries! Third time's the charm, as they say! The sequels are even better thatn the first book so I can't wait until you get to them and give a BIG EXPLOSION MIND BLOWN rating! Hha.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Yes! When I realised I would be able to, I was feeling really triumphant! This would be the most work I've put into trying to get through a novel ever!
      That's really good to hear- here's hoping for a big explosion of love for Scarlet, Cress, Fairest and Winter! I mean, here's hoping I'm up to date with the books by the time Winter's out! That's be fun! xx

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  3. I think it's interesting that for as many people that ADORE this book there are others that are really not in love with it. I'm glad you ended up liking it, though! I can definitely understand your hesitation about a few things, though. I found it to be very predictable as well, even though I really did enjoy this book.

    I hope you like it enough to continue, Romi, because SCARLET is super duper lovely. Much less predictable, an awesome heroine, a super amazingly hot and gorgeous love interest (that's always a good reason to read it, right? XD), and yup. It's a really good sequel. I haven't read CRESS yet but a lot of people say that it's even better than SCARLET so I have something to look forward to :D

    I don't know if you've read THRONE OF GLASS, but I think you should. It's an EXTREMELY loose retelling of Cinderella where she's an assassin. Hells yes.

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    1. I don't think I know of anyone who hasn't liked it, but that is interesting. Not much of a middle ground. Though… I wouldn't say I liked it enough that I adored it. Possibly in time, though. (:

      I'm definitely continuing, am still pretty eager to find out what is in store with Scarlet! It seems like this is a series that progressively gets better, which is definitely positive. I have read Throne of Glass, and adore it to pieces, and I think that's the same kind of thing. I really have liked each book, but they get better and better each time. Aah. Tis such a grand series, that. xx

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  4. I can understand your sometime lukewarm feelings about this book - I thought it was a bit predictable too, and even though the romance was very sweet, it seemed like they were together because they had to be. But the series does get so much more complex and surprising, so I'm so happy you're continuing on with it! I'm sure you'll be a raving fan by the end. :D

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    1. I really didn't understand why, when Cinder was doing her best to avoid and shake him off, Kai still persued her. And I didn't really see why he was so instantly attracted to her, either… because she was natural-ish around him? More genuine than others? Hmm… Well I'm glad to hear that, and it seems to be a general consensus, which is pretty exciting! I'm looking forward to seeing what exactly I am by the end! (: xx

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  5. It was pretty hard for me to get into this book at first, too. But second time's the charm with this one, apparently. ;) I totally agree that Kai was confusing. He's my least favorite aspect of this entire series, if I'm being honest. But books two and three were glorious, Romi, and I hope you enjoy those! ;)

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

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    1. YAY! Thanks for that, Aimee! I'm excited, so excited, so see what the rest of the series holds. Especially with that sneak of Cress! And knowing there's a novel about Levana… is terrifying, but intriguing. I'll go into that with a lot of interest.
      Kai was pretty strange in his behaviour. I'm hoping he'll be a bit more sensical the next time I meet him! xx

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  6. I love fairy tale retellings and have been wanting to read forever. Everybody does seem to love this series and I'm hoping I will too, when I eventually get to it. It was good of you to keep trying with this one, I'm not sure I'd keep trying if I didn't really like a book, and I'm glad you ended up liking it.

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    1. I hope you get to it, too, Rochelle! Maybe it'll work it's clever-retelling magic on you, too!
      I am surprised I kept trying, especially as I don't tend to go at a book more than twice, and then only if there's specific reasoning, but the bloggers! When we're passionate, I suppose we can persuade our fellows into reading any book, practically! xx

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  7. Ah, I can see the points where you've found fault with this one. I do agree that this was very predictable. I don't know, I assumed that that was what Marissa Meyer was going for, as fairy tales are predictable and it was way too obvious a reveal for her to be trying to make that a shocking twist. I am definitely happy that you've decided to continue on with the story! I think you'll hopefully like each book more than the last. There are new, fantastic characters and very complex and exciting story lines going forward. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on them!

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    1. Oh, it’s really interesting to see how many people thought it was predictable- I never read many reviews of Cinder, just knew it was widely loved, but now I’m understanding much more about the series dynamics and fanbase, which is so neat. And that everyone is like “It gets so much better” makes me really, really excited and intrigued.
      I actually didn’t feel like it was supposed to be obvious, not in the way it played out… I mean, I found it to be obvious, and I do think Cinder was pretty slow on the uptake (I mean there were SIGNS!), but I still felt like it was supposed to be a fair plot twist.
      Thank you for your gorgeous comment, Aylee! I loved hearing your thoughts. Xx

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  8. I had the exact same issues with this one-I struggled with it multiple times before I got through it but ended up enjoying it like you did. Like minds! Anyways, I really enjoyed the second book in this series much more and it was what made me fall in love with the books like everyone else out there xD Nice review!

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    1. OOH. Now that’s interesting, Alise, and not the first time you and I have had a very similar experience with reading, if memory serves me correctly (says I, who have a terrible memory!). I’m looking forward to Scarlet, especially hearing how much more most people liked it, compared this. It’ll be exciting to see how the other story lines interweave, too. I’m kind of glad that I can just get through almost all of them at once, not having to wait between books! It’s so helpful having so much encouragement from people who already have loved the books after this.xx

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  9. I'm glad that you ended up enjoying this one okay in the end, Romi! Some books just take a little more effort to get into, eh? xD I can definitely see why you didn't find yourself flat out loving this and yeah, it was predicable but the author wove in the fairytale pretty smartly, imo :D

    Lovely review, hun <33

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    1. Yes, definitely! I’m pretty chuffed that I was encouraged to give it another try, because I doubt I would have gone back to it a third time without that encouragement and the love in the blogging community for this series. I mean, they make it sound incredible awesome.
      Yes. I love that this is a fairytale retelling. It makes it that extra bit intriguing and enjoyable, not knowing what, exactly, would play into the story or how. I think she did that really well.
      Thank you, Melanie! xx

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  10. I definitely want to read this book at some point, but I have a feeling it's not going to live up to the hype... I'm glad you enjoyed it after all! :)

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    1. I can't say it *did* for me, it was just rather good by the end (it took a while to get to that stage, though) and apparently I've got a whole heck of goodness to look forward to in Scarlet, which is like a very large mass of shooting stars compared to this smallish comet, apparently (my words). So if you're not entirely sure once you've read this, maybe try the second book? Anyway, hope it is at least enjoyable for you! xx

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  11. I actually really enjoyed this one, more because I had scarlet with me when I first read Cinder. After I finished, I wasn't sure if I really liked it. Like you said, there is predictability and Cinder is really stupid for a lot of it. but I was like, okay, i have scarlet, might as well read that. And I did and it was magical. I hope you don't give up on this series because it really grows!

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    1. Oh yes, that makes sense and it's happened to me before, too! I wouldn't have continued with the series, but I had the second book and I ended up really loving that! I'm so happy to hear you had such a grand experience with Scarlet! I'm excited to see what I make of it. xx

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