Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

I received an eARC from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group via Netgalley. Thank you.

I’m so fortunate to read this book in advance. And let me say this, it was an absolute delight!

Cyberpunk Cinderella—that is what came to my mind when I saw this book. I’m a bit apprehensive at first since I’m both not a huge fan of retellings (because sometimes they tend to be too literal with the adaptation) and science fiction (the terms, the info-dumping and the whatnots). I’m very picky. But Marissa Meyer is smart. What I thought was an impossible combination was actually possible. Proof? Read this book, and you’ll see. Not only did she craft a very interesting world, but the integration of cyborgs, in the well known fairytale was truly clever. I never imagined Cinderella the way this book did. It was really refreshing.

And if you’re worried that this is another sad attempt to revamped Cinderella and losing its fairytale essence. Fret no more, because I still find the Cinderella in there, cybernized and totally cool. Yes, there is Cinder (who is none other than our Cinderella—that ain’t no brainer), of course the prince, the step sisters and the wicked step mother. There’s even a ball. Yep, the whole shebang! But no, there’s no Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo. But who’s complaining? Definitely not me. 😉

The downside for me was the characters. I felt she worked too much on the plot and forgot the characters. They’re not completely bland. But they are, for me, lack personalities. Like lack of zest or something that would make the book more fun. That said the characters were still nice. Despite the limited description, I came to like them. I kinda like Cinder. She reminded me of Winrey Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist. With the whole mechanic thing going on (plus little surprises along the way). Didn’t you know that she’s one hell of a mechanic? My interest on her is growing. Though, I still haven’t figured her out completely because of some overlooked details. But as my initial impression? She’s ok, but could be better.

I’m not a big fan of Prince Kai (he wasn’t really that…impressive for me) but he’s interesting at some point. And have big room to mature as a character. He was too much of a prince for me. And that made him a bit archetypal…and weak.

I think this book is very ambitious. It’s a make or break idea. It’s either people will love it or hate it completely. And I’m glad to say, I am more of the former. It’s very hard to put two unlikely concept and made them effective as one. I gave that author that. I was impressed that she managed to complement these two ideas into one without losing it all. Nice.

It was the execution was the one that blew me away. I was so caught up with Cinder’s story. There’s a lot surprises in store for readers. It’ll glue you the story, you’ll crave for more and you’ll be surprised that the book ended and you wanted the next book already!