Book Review: Cinder

Almost caught up with the Book reviews i wanted to do for the books i read in September! Can you believe it? I can't!

So lets get on with it and talk about:


Cinder


Author: Marissa Meyer
Language: English
Type of book: Paperback 
Pages:  390
Overall rating: 3 out of 5
Book series: yes, the Lunar Chronicles series
Book received through: Library book
Summary on the book:

"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waring to make their move. No one knows the Earth's fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second class-citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future." 

Favorite thing/moment in the book: Mhm... the overall idea is great, the actual book is a bit... lacking. But i did enjoy the idea of cyborgs and how they work and function and i loved the little robot helpers -Iko especially- i am a sucker for cute robots!

Worth reading? 
I have no idea, to be honest. 
I personally found the book lacked quite a bit of world building and took the easiest ways on everything. 
If you have no problems with just brushing on world building, have no problems with always going directly to what is pointed at, then yes you will enjoy this. 

If you are like me and need a bit more, and want something a bit... deeper, you might still enjoy this, since it is okay, but don't expect something spectacular.  



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Full review: 

First thought after finishing the book:  
Not worth the hype, but still okay. 

I was a bit skeptical going into this series, with all the hype and how many people love it, but I still wanted to give it a try. And my library actually had this, which gave me a bit of a shock, positive, but still.

And i thought his book was okay.

I actually do not get the hype -not with this first book at least. 




I do have to say that I find that there is quite a bit of world building missing, for example, I am missing the explanation why cyborgs are hated and so disliked but still exist. If everyone hates them so much, so why save the people in that way at all? And why are cyborgs are so hated if the people have no problems living with robots around them, and having them work for them? It is a why to help out humans, so yeah, did not understand that part at all. And maybe i would have if i would have gotten a bit of an explanation, but since that wasn't in the book...



I also found that all characters are either very flat, or sometimes a it all over the place. Or sometimes a bit of both. 

Cinder for example... she says she is not interested in a guy, and finds herself not worthy enough since she is a cyborg, but for some reason all of a sudden she is in love with him? Huh? 



What happened? How did that happened? Does it really only take one pretty guy to show up twice for a person to complete be in love with him? 


And the ending was quite horrible! I hate open endings! Why can't authors at least try to finish the story in a halfway decent way, even if it is a series? I mean i get it, you are trying not only to sell one book but a whole series, but still. Come on! End that first book, do it right and everyone automatically wants to see what the second story is about. Just saying!


And the "suspense" or "mystery" was actually non exciting at least not for me since it was clear who cinder was from the moment the story was mentioned, but the overall book was still .... Okay.

Mostly because the writing made it very easy and fast to get through. And i do enjoy a book that i can read in one sitting -which this one was.

I personally would have hoped for a bit more variety to the whole Cinderella story retelling, since it is the same story just put into the future! I missed the uniqness of the story that so many people talked about. The only unique part was the ending, and that was mostly because it was so open that it kind of just... ending in the middle of the story i a way. 

It wasn't something that I loved and if the ending would have not been such a stupid cliffhanger and I am horrible at leaving series unfashioned, I would necessary see the need to continue on with this, but I will because of the just listed reasons. 

I do hope that Scarlet will be a better, more fleshed out and just... more overall. And hopefully has a real ending.

All in all an okay book. Not what i was hoping for when i picked it up since i expected a unique story. But oh well... Okay is still pretty good. Okay?




And if you are looking for a fast and easy read that doesn't surprise you, this will be perfect.
If you are looking for a new way of the old Cinderella story... sorry. I didn't find that with this book, but maybe you will?



Did you read this book?
Where you one of those that loved this book or are you with me in just finding it okay?

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