Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer;
Editions: ebook, paperback, audiobook, hardcover
Published January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: own copy
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.~ Goodreads Blurb

1. What were your thoughts on the world-building?

The world was hinting at interesting, New Beijing seemed like a sort of cool place, all the techy stuff such as cyborgs going on had a lot of potential. I would have liked to see more of the world itself, I’m not talking pages upon pages of description but more then I found. I could guess how the world was, but I didn’t feel there was a lot to go on.

The whole Lunar versus Earth thing and the differences between them were also slightly blurry for me. I got the Lunars have some special skills but I would have liked to know a bit more about each culture in particular.
By large, the world felt like it had a lot of potential and it could be fascinating with a bit more info.

2. Did you feel you could relate to the characters and connect with them? Had a favorite?

I actually had poor chemistry with the characters, I’m sad to say. For whatever reason, I had no chemistry whatsoever with Kai, for instance. I didn’t get much from him though he was the prince charming, he could have swooped me off my feet.
Cinder was the one I felt most in contact with, but not overwhelmingly much. I liked Iko and Cinder’s family didn’t disappoint in rendering the Cinderella feeling.

3. What did you think of the plot?

This part I loved. Exciting, dramatic, touching in places (though not overly done in any way), the story was the best part for me. There wasn’t a whole lot of action blurring my vision but it was nice and active and most of all, engaging. I was curious to find out what came next, I still am now that I finished reading this book. And for the plot alone I would totally want to read book #2.

4. How did you feel about the writing?

It was cool, accessible and straightforward. I would have liked more involvement of two or more senses in any given scene, perhaps that’s why I didn’t truly connect with the book all the way. It didn’t elicit a lot of emotional response or involvement from me, it’s the type of writing very focused on what’s happening and less on character reaction to events.
The most focus was on Cinder of course and I got from her more emotional hooks then anyone else, which is why as a character I liked her more. I would have liked more hooks for other characters too, though.

5. What was the strong point of the book, for you? What about the weak point?

Strong point, the plot, totally. It’s a very steampunk mix on the Cinderella story, more evocative of the original in short glimpses then a retelling really. It’s like a steampunk remix more like. The weak point would be characters, I’m sorry to say.

6. On a scale of 1 to 5, what would you rate this book?

For me it was an overall 3 butterflies. Good read, fun and interesting, nice characters, worth trying if you’re into YA steampunk and story remixes. But not overly exciting, and I was expecting a lot of excitement from it because I’m totally into steampunk.

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