I'll be honest, I didn't hold much hope for this book. The cover did nothing for me, and I never really considered myself the reader of dystopian, sciI'll be honest, I didn't hold much hope for this book. The cover did nothing for me, and I never really considered myself the reader of dystopian, sci-fi or anything outside of either historical or realistic young adult. But a good friend was very excited about its release, so I thought I'd give it a go and bought the ebook. I am thrilled I did.
First of all, Marissa Meyer can tell a story, and tell it well. She managed to include a lot of information about the world that Cinder was set in without it feeling like an info dump, though some of the information about the Lunar population was a little dense. Cinder was likeable, Kai was tolerable - far and away a better love interest than appears in most YA. I loved Iko and genuinely hope she reappears in the next book.
I saw the twist/reveal coming a mile away, and see a strong influence from a popular manga series - but it really is only an influence and nothing more, and one that I think only a small group of people will catch onto.
This is really no one thing that pushes this book into the incredible zone, it's just a satisfying read and I am really looking forward to the sequel. Since I have yet to purchase a hard copy, I am hoping that the publishers will do more with the cover (the short prequel available online - Glitches - has a gorgeous piece of artwork to go with it; I am sure that the illustrator behind that would create a gorgeous cover for a hardcover edition) because it deserves more (the art student in me LOVES the font, though. It's perfect.)
I think this series has the potential to be big and, for once, it is a series that I will be pleased to see do so. ...more
Okay, wow. I was genuinely curious about how Red Riding Hood was going to be adapted for this universe. And once I started to read, I couldn't imagineOkay, wow. I was genuinely curious about how Red Riding Hood was going to be adapted for this universe. And once I started to read, I couldn't imagine it happening any other way.
(view spoiler)[>> I was thrilled that Cinder played such a large role. I honestly thought that she would just pop up at the end of the book, and I love that Cinder and Iko were back. (I really, really hope that Iko gets her bangin' escort droid body in the end. She totally deserves one.)
>> I'm not yet convinced vis a vi Scarlet/Wolf, but it took me two readings of Cinder to really appreciate Kai/Cinder, so I expect that will come next time I read Scarlet. I think I needed more regarding Wolf and who he is. However, the background information on Wolf and the genetic engineering is fascinating, plus a nice change to the usual werewolf stereotypes we're usually inflicted with in YA.
>> Thorne is awesome and I hope he hangs around for the rest of the series.
>> Dude, those Lunars got around. So far, Cinder, Dr Erland, Scarlet and her father...
>> I am SO GLAD that Cinder is getting ready to take Levana to task. THRILLED. Cinder is going to be a BAMF. (hide spoiler)]
More squee coming later. I can't believe I have to wait ANOTHER YEAR for Cress XD...more
This was a totally unexpected read. I totally missed the steampunk aspect before reading it (I know, duh, right?) so that was a shock.
The prose is quiThis was a totally unexpected read. I totally missed the steampunk aspect before reading it (I know, duh, right?) so that was a shock.
The prose is quite dense and in the early chapters, it is harder to sink into the book, but it does happen (view spoiler)[ - I dipped in and out (the bar fight and the puppy incident) until the skyship crash, and then I was in.
Overall, the story is intriguing. The small amount of steampunk I have come across likes to put out the marvels. Kristoff is there to point out what this technology has done to the earth, the civilians and the government. And it's not genre-specific; the environmental message was pretty clear. I can see a few anti-climate change groups getting cranky with this book.
Yukiko is a likable character, as is Buruu. I don't think Hiro or Kin were developed enough for their roles. I liked Yukiko's father and hunting team; I am so very sorry Kasumi died, because she had so much potential.
Yukiko's brother's death was rather underwhelming after all the build-up.
I'm hoping Lady Aisha survived whatever her brother did to her, but I sincerely doubt that.
I found the Shogun's death kind of fell flat. That we needed more from such a monster. I'm curious to see where this story goes.
I did like that this book could stand alone. I get very frustrated with stories that are dragged out for the purpose of money (I'm looking at you, Wither. The Selection. Abandoned Trilogy. They're very prevalent at the moment) and not because the story needs to be that long. I'd rather read one 600 page book, that have that story padded with four romantic interests and five books.
I've noticed several reviews condemning this book because of the appropriation of the Japanese language. And I admit, it was irritating in the beginning. But we're definitely not in Kansas anymore - the way the Japanese words are included - incorrectly - are more of a dialect that a way to force the Japanese culture down our throats. 'Aiya' and 'Sama' both appeared to me to be slang in the book. Some of the Japanese words used - like 'hai' - seemed to be overkill, but the first two really did seem to me like Kristoff was trying to show how language had evolved. (hide spoiler)]
I feel like I haven't been enthusiastic enough. I really did thoroughly enjoy this. It was worth the wait. The pluses outweigh the minuses, and it is far and away better than so much published for YA at the moment. I would recommend this book. There are flaws but ultimately, it is a fantastic and seriously original story, with interesting imagery, and not only will I be picking up the sequel, I'll be up for whatever Jay Kristoff writes after this. ...more
I just found out that this book will have a sequel, and I can't tell you how pleased I am. This is a book that actually needs a sequel.
The set up of tI just found out that this book will have a sequel, and I can't tell you how pleased I am. This is a book that actually needs a sequel.
The set up of this book is interesting - intricate and totally foreign, and we are given enough that we are curious but not confused, which is a balance that is hard to achieve.
Rose comes across as quite naive and a little juvenile in the early chapters, slowly building up until all the pieces slide together. The writing is a little awkward in places, but I honestly found that it added an authenticity to the character of Rose rather than detracted from the writing.
This is an extremely unique retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and I adored how the story ended - here is a female protagonist who was desperate to latch onto someone, but stands much stronger (not quite alone) but without a romantic partner. It's refreshing, honestly.
Once I finished it, I knew I liked it but moved on. A month later, and it's still in my head and it's definitely one of my favourites for the year.
This is a world that has so much potential, a genuinely likable but fragile heroine and I am genuinely looking forward to the sequel. It also helps that the paperback edition in Australia is just gorgeous and I can't wait for my own copy to arrive <3...more