Thank God it was FREE, no way I'd waste money in this trite. I mean, it's my own fault because since the main character description ("Tehee, no way anThank God it was FREE, no way I'd waste money in this trite. I mean, it's my own fault because since the main character description ("Tehee, no way anyone can be interested in Science and in Sports, Nerds vs Jocks! This is the 80s people!") I knew it was going to be bad. It's like the writer got stuck in a High School mentality and never grew up past it.
The "plot" is just a rehearsal of the Hunger Games, which granted is not a big sin or anything, there's plenty of book with similar plots. But while the Hunger Games managed to write teenage characters with seriousness, the writing in this book is juvenile at best and just plain awful at worst.
Our main character it's not even as smart as the author wants us to believe; she's just a brat that can memorise information, but she's not intelligent at all. Now, I understand this is a very... American thing, you know? You're either a "klutzy" nerd or a "dumb" jock and nothing in-between (I guess my nerdy ass who also does weight lifting never got the memo!) but for me, this whole "divide" is just ridiculous. Athleticism is just another skill, and while not everyone can become an Olympic athlete, this doesn't mean being-in-shape is useless.
This wouldn't have bothered me so much if the character was just a normal teen who needed to get in shape for combat (Combat is strenuous, and it takes a different kind of mentality too), but no, she had to be a "timid and utterly weak" NERD.
Don't waste your time with this sad excuse for a book, it's not worth it, even when it's FREE. ...more
The worst book in the series so far, with an unlikable "heroine" who is infantilised to hell and back, and an unlikable "romantic lead" that is nothinThe worst book in the series so far, with an unlikable "heroine" who is infantilised to hell and back, and an unlikable "romantic lead" that is nothing but a Han Solo Expy (fair warning that I hate Han Solo, at least in the first movie; give me Luke Skywalker, not the womanizing, amoral pirate who is changed by "love") and all around a weak, trite plot that is barely held together with language more akin to a Harlequin Novel... and because Cinder and Scarlet are there, sort of.
Cress, "Crescent Moon", represents the worst stereotypes about female characters out there: she's childish, naive, meek, constantly scared and utterly dependent on a man. This could have been deconstructed during the course of the book, but instead, the author chose to focus on the boring "romance". Not to mention that by piling every stereotype on a single character you manage to make her obnoxious and one-dimensional. See, Cress is supposed to be "sweet and childish" token female character, which is honestly the worst, more overused characterization there is; Cress is just a damsel in distress by another name, she's boring and infuriating at the same time, and by the end of the book I was hoping she'd just drop dead.
It seems authors nowadays are just capable of writing two types of female characters: 1) shy and awkward or 2) tough and "feisty" (If I ever read that word again it'll be too soon), instead of, you know, making female characters who have a complex personality. I guess it's easier to work with tropes than to actually develop your characters.
If you're looking for a good retelling of Rapunzel in comic form, you're better off with Rapunzel's Revenge (and its sequel, Calamity Jack), a nice take on the fairy tale with a compelling heroine. Don't waste your time with this boring book.
Oh, Cinder and Scarlet, I miss you so much. But hey, at least the book looks pretty on my shelf. That counts for something, right?...more