Thursday, 29 January 2015

Review: Cinder

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Year: 2012
Pages: 387

Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella and follows Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing. She is, however, also a cyborg which is slighly frowned upon in her society. When her stepsister suddenly falls ill, her stepmother blames her for this.

I want to start out saying that, yes, I did notice this novel's flaws, its predictability and not-so-perfect-writing. However, at the time I read this, I was in the mood for a simple but fun young adult read. And this was just it.

Even though the story is based upon another story, it is a very interesting new concept which I really enjoyed to explore. The world building was done quite well too - it was interesting finding out how things - politics - worked. Moreover, would we look at the themes of Cinder, it is relevant, and applicable to today's society (racism, for example). The themes were perhaps too obvious, though, maybe even too didactic.

I would reccommend this to anyone who is in the mood for a quick, young adult, science fiction read. Just don't expect it to be brilliant and mind-blowing, because half way through, you'll know how it ends.

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