I totally understand why so many people loved Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. I didn’t love it, but I did find my self engaged and interested in the story. It kept me reading because I wanted to find out what would happen next. I wanted to know how Meyer would wrap up the book. Surprise. Surprise. It didn’t wrap up. As with most YA books that come out, it is the first in a series. While I thought the concept was innovative – a cyborg Cinderella with a robotic foot – Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine will always be my Cinderella retelling of choice.
I thought that the world building when it came to the Lunar society and technological aspects of the story was successful. It was fun to see a Cinderella who didn’t have to mop the floors and do other housework, but still was obviously in the serving position. The relationships between humans and androids were a fun addition. While the lunar plot had nothing to do with the Cinderella story, that is what interested me the most. I think it will also be the common factor in all the fairytale retellings in the series.
The world building when it came to the cultural setting was underdeveloped. I understand why Meyer wanted to set Cinder in a futuristic China (many think the origins of the story began with the Chinese fairytale Ye Xian) but other than calling Kai an emperor and mentioning sticky buns there weren’t many details to support this decision. I wish she had done more with this. I also felt like the pacing was off in the Kai/Cinder romantic relationship.
As of yet, I’m not sure if I will continue with the series or not. If you are a fan of fairytale retellings I would check this one out so you can develop your own opinion.