Once Upon a Time, there was an avid reader (let's call her K) who thought she was very clever but she couldn't be more wrong. You see, she'd heard about a futuristic version of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic that everyone seemed to love but she refused to read it, because she was skeptical and a little prejudiced. One day she read the first page but when she came to the part where Cinder takes off her foot she said "Ok I tried but it's not for me, end of story" and she continued her life. Until she decided to give it another shot, and then the skies opened and the stars above made her see the truth. That she was a
Oh my stars, she really was an idiot. Because there can be only one reaction towards a book that narrates a classic tale that takes place in the future after the Forth World War, when androids are a part of daily life and a plague kills thousands of people and the Earth is threatened by the cunning and inhumanly beautiful Queen of the Moon who has mind-controlling powers:
“Soon, the whole world would be searching for her--Linh Cinder.
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they will be looking for a ghost.”
K was mesmerized by Cinder. Even though it was a fairytale retelling, there were twists and turns in the story she could not predict. As she was reading next to the fireplace, eating chocolate and drinking chocolate flavored cappuccino, she forgot about her responsibilities and instead she grew wings and she flied to the East. She visited labs and sick people while they were sleeping, she laughed with Iko's witty retorts, she heard Evil Queen Levana scheming, she smelled the fear towards the Lunars and their unholy abilities, she saw spacecrafts take off, she swooned over a prince who was not ready to rule and give up his freedom but deep down he knew he would sacrifice even himself for the sake of his people and finally, she landed on a basement, hiding in a corner, watching a stained with grease mechanic named Cinder working and dreaming that one day her life would be hers, that she would be considered a human and not an emotionless machine.
“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just... programmed?”
K loved the multiple POVs because they gave her the chance to witness both Cinder's life and the politics of the Empire. She was aggravated by the social injustice, she was hurt by some characters' malice and hatred, she felt giddy when Kai tried to flirt with Cinder and frustrated with all the secrets and the hidden agendas. Even though she loved the romantic element, she was actually happy it wasn't overwhelming and many other themes were explored, like Cinder's journey to finally accept herself, Levana's reign and plots, Kai's struggles regarding his new role, the part androids and cyborgs played in the society and the attempts to find a cure. In the end, K couldn't help but admit that Marissa Meyer is more than capable of enchanting the reader, even in a technology dominated world.
There are two reasons she didn't give Cinder 5 stars though. First, she found Cinder's behaviour towards Kai extremely infuriating because how can you keep saying no to a sweet prince that practically begs you to go the ball with him?If she just stopped hiding the truth and acting like a child on a whim things would be so different! And second, K had a gut feeling that the next books would be even better so she decided to save the fifth star for them.
If you're one of the few people who haven't read Cinder yet, don't hesitate to try it. It's different, unique and extremely enjoyable!
P.S. I know it may be a little hard to see through the lines not, but K is me. Shocking, isn't it?