I finally got around to reading Cinder.
I will be honest, this one was not exactly a priority read. I went into it with very little enthusiasm. Something about combining cyborg and Cinderella just did not jive with me. And you lnow what? I was right. This was a BORING book.
Let me break it down:
World Building: Where the heck was it? After 4 world wars and a smattering of commentary about a lunar society having been around hundreds of years…we find ourselves in some place called “New Beijing”. What does it look like? No idea. It was never described. What is the tech? Hover crafts and cyborgs being treated like second class citizens because someone but mechanics in them to keep them alive. Oh! And let us not forget that the politics have become offworld. Annnndddd that is all for the world building.
Character Development: I am fairly certain I just read a book full of pod people.
Cinder is a cyborg who has a surprise in her DNA that could crash through political machinations–but she has zero depth as a human being. I suppose that is okay…she is a second class citizen. She is doom and gloom sacrificial lamb. I feel like coming clean about her mechanics would have made it easier with later reveals. She has no ambitions, no warmth, no believability.
Kai is our take two of Cinder. The sacrifical lamb of the planet who wants to cure a disease and keep the Lunar people at bay. But what does he like to do when he is not popping into a scene randomly to harass oir friendly mechanic? Huh. Maybe putter around the palace that is not described to us. He is so willing to go worst case scenario and offer himself up on the alter of moon people. Martyrs just do not make solid heros for me. And he needs to stand up to his advisor. When one proclaims he is emperor, one needs to command respect.
All the characters, yes even the evil stepmother, were flat entities floating onto a page just long enough to move a scene along.
The Lunars also bring to light some onterearing questions. Like…why is the queen a controlling, evil psycho? How did people come to live on the moon? Why is it that they have biology so different from our own? Too bad none of the questions where so much as acknowledged.
Let it be so! And it is so! Pretty much describes the plot of this novel. Discombobulated is another solid word. I just felt like my brain could not connect or attach itself to the story. I guess space and retelling just didn’t combine well for me on this one.