This book was un-put-downable! That’s the only way I can describe it. I read it in less than 24 hours (started it Saturday afternoon and finished it in bed Sunday morning) and it was great.
I went in to it with a bit of trepidation, as I always do with books that are highly recommended by friends and the online community. I’d seen this everywhere and, out of curiosity mainly, I did eventually succumb to buying the eBook. I don’t regret it.
If anyone doesn’t know what Cinder is about, it is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella. It doesn’t follow the original story word for word, it only loosely uses the plot of the story we’re all familiar with, actually. It follows Cinder – part human, part cyborg – and she is awesome. It’s the only way to describe her. Our underdog protagonist has a lot of trials to overcome in this novel. There is so much going on in this book, there is a plague, a lost princess and an evil queen from the moon on top of the things that we’re all familiar with from Cinderella – evil step-mother, a ball and a prince. I mean, that gives it no justice and sounds absolutely crazy but it’s a fair summary!
While this was perfectly fun and readable, it wasn’t mindblowing. It was good but it was predictable (I mean, even with the twists and turns and deviations from the original story, it was bound to be predictable). The characters were good, the story was good, I loved the twist in the tale, it was engaging – I read what is a 400 page book in only a few hours – but it just didn’t resonate with me how it seems to have with others! I’ll continue reading the series because I’d like to see where it goes, but it’s not top of my list.
Overall, this gets a 3/5.