Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.
A deadly plague is spreading across the crowded streets of New Beijing. Cinder is a second-class cyborg citizen with an unknown past. But when her stepsister contacts the illness, she finds herself in the middle of a intergalactic struggle, teetering on the edge of war.
If I could go back into the past, I would go back to 2012-me and force myself to pick up this book. I remember seeing this and thinking ‘meh, sounds interesting, maybe I’ll pick it up when the series is over’. Even my sister told me to read this book, and she doesn’t read. (well actually she only told me to read this because she previously read Meyer’s Sailor Moon fanfiction but now looking back on the book, I can definitely see the Sailor Moon aspects). I really enjoyed Cinder. The pace of this novel is exactly what I’ve been needing recently. I liked how Meyer moulded the Cinderella fairytale into Cinder. Especially the scene with her ‘shoe’. I will obviously continuing this series for the sake of seeing how it all plays out.
When I finished the book at like 2am, I immediately rated it 5 stars but when I woke up the next day, I realised that was just me being too hyped about this book and there were a couple of things that irked me.
- Location: We never get a proper look into its culture. Beijing, right now, has a history stretching back 3 millennia. It’s known for its modern architecture. Cinder is set years after the fourth world war. I wanted to know what’s changed, what’s been the kept the same and what’s been destroyed by two more wars. We don’t get any insight into the new history, custom or culture aside from the futuristic theme and a dislike to cyborgs.
- The Lunar people: Who are they aside from the fact they live on the moon? How did they even end up on the moon. It might be revealed in future novels but the antagonist kind of appears quite bland as we don’t know anything aside from the fact Queen Levana is an evil ruler and has a huge army.
Overall, a gripping novel about what it’s like to be different from everyone else but slipped slightly when it came to portraying the culture and and some of its characters.