Here is the first official blog concerning my thoughts on books/entertainment. What better way to do this than with the Young Adult genre (nevermind that I’m in my mid twenties…) I discovered the book via the webshow Booze Your Own Adventure (formally 50 Shades of Green), at first I was reluctant to read along with our two lovely hostesses because the Spring Semester for classes had just started, but after a while I gave in.
Despite the size of the hardcopy book itself Cinder is a pretty fast read. The actual story is a retelling of Cinderella, with a twist to actually make the book readable. Cinder is a cyborg, the scum of society because society needs discrimination one way or another, she’s also a mechanic and earns the money for her household of the typical wicked stepmother and stepsisters, one stepsister nice and the other following in her mother’s footsteps.
For the first two thirds of the book the story loosely follows the usual Cinderella story, unlike the majority of Cinder’s counterparts the ball and Prince charming/Prince Kai aren’t the highest priorities for her. Her highest priority is her own freedom from her stepmother and the health of her stepsister Poeme who has been infected with a deadly virus that Cinder is immune to.
At this point I will warn that there will be spoilers, please do not read on if you hate them or intend on reading the books.
One of the different things between Cinder and it’s Cinderella counterparts is that aside from being set in the future is that there is political friction between the earth alliance and the moon government. Lunars are humans that have evolved to ‘glamor’ not only themselves, but the naked eye of regular people. The moon queen desires to rule both the moon and the earth by any means necessary. She desires to pull this off by marrying prince Kai and killing him and the only person who can stop her is the long lost moon princess.
Does this story sound familiar to you? Well if you grew up in the nineties it should because it’s the plot for the first arc of Sailor Moon, and just like the first arc of Sailor Moon it’s pretty obvious who the moon princess is if you’re older than the target age group. In fact that’s the only flaw I could find in Cinder was that it was predictable. Not in a bad way like most ‘Twilight clones’ are where ‘muggle meets X and has their world turned upside down and discovers an amazing life’. But predictable in sense that you know that Cinder is the moon princess, the emperor of China will die, Kai will have to take over and the Lunar queen is evil for the hell of it. It’s also predictable who will die and that Cinder has to go to the ball.
There are a few flaws in the story aside from the predictability. Mainly my questions of why are the Lunar’s so evil? What happened that there is harsh feelings between the earth alliance and the moon kingdom? Why is the royal family of the moon kingdom so blood thirsty? How did Lunar’s gain the ability to glamor? (sorry Marissa Meyer, evolution doesn’t work like that).
The Pro’s outweigh the cons though. Do you wonder why this story sounds alot like Sailor Moon? Well here’s the reason, Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles is a Sailor Moon fan and wrote Sailor Moon fanfiction. And unlike most people these days who wrote fanfiction and eventually got their work published (some of them partially cheating and self publishing (THAT MEANS YOU E.L. JAMES!)) Meyer produced very GOOD fanfiction. She took two stories, one known to nearly every person around the world and the other known to all who watch anime and read manga and she created her own original story out of it.
If you want a fast read, then please pick up Cinder! You will enjoy it greatly! I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars 🙂