Marissa Meyer [YA Meyer]
What I really want to tell you is: I love Cinder,
the first book in The Lunar Chronicles. Oh, and Marissa Meyer rocks as an
author! Yet as a reviewer, I need to back up those statements with reasons.
Well, if I absolutely must give you more of an explanation, I enjoyed Cinder
by Marissa Meyer on two accounts. As a reader, I love that it's a fantasy, set
in the future, and based on a fairy tale. As a writer, I feel in awe of how many
elements of fiction Marissa Meyer gets perfect. Now for a closer look at those
statements. As a reader, I like that Cinder
is a fantasy for young adults. Cinder
is set in a not-so-pleasant future. However, it branches beyond that, being
about a teenage girl who is part cyborg and part human. Another way that Meyer
sets Cinder apart from other dystopian fiction is that she set her story in
futuristic Asia. However, I must admit that I most felt mesmerized by the
androids, net screens, mechanical legs, hovercrafts, and other markings of a
futuristic world. Let me wrap-up this paragraph by saying that Cinder
is also based on a fairy tale -- I'm sure you can guess which one. I think she
handled it quite smartly, in that she used what she needed and dropped what she
didn't. For instance, while there are two step sisters, one of them is nice.
Also, Cinder meets the prince before the ball, and Cinder's "fairy godmother" is
instead a secretive doctor. Last, there's a Lunar Queen who is far more
terrifying than the entire wicked step family. As a writer, I feel in awe of how
many elements of fiction Marissa Meyer gets perfect. The plot instantly takes
off in the very first paragraph. With so much action, you might wonder if
there's any room for character development. In Meyer's skilled hands there is!
Cinder is a delightful mix of human and cyborg parts. Real teenage girls will
appreciate that Cinder isn't just a trembling flower but also has amazing
strengths. Regarding the story's secondary characters, there are certainly those
that are two-dimensional. For instance, a few of the minor characters are evil
for no apparent reason and Prince Kai too conveniently falls in love with
Cinder. However, the majority of the cast are quirky and complex; I love how
sweet and fun Iko and Peony are. Cinder is one of my favorite books of the year.
It's exciting enough that I can picture other authors trying to emulate it.
Could Meyer start a new trend of cyborg literature? -- review submitted by Allison H.-F.. - a customer of the Bennett Martin Public Library
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