I read this book in one sitting, after waiting to track down a copy since last November. And it was not at all what I expected.
Ransom Riggs knows how to tell a story and wrote the characters well - any characters that weren't well-rounded were done so intentionally, whether they were enabling progress in the story (such as the fishmonger) or (view spoiler)[Jacob's parents and extended family - they were blank canvases because Jacob shared very little with them and would ultimately leave them (hide spoiler)].
I think, ultimately, the worst part of this book was that the plot took half the book to get started, and promptly ended when things were heating up. An entire world (view spoiler)[of time loops and 'peculiar' children, children who were forced to leave their home to save their race and stop the monsters (hide spoiler)] was built up only to end. This book needs to be apart of a trilogy, because it genuinely feels like the story has only just begun.
Edit: Wikipedia failed me, but Google has revealed there WILL be a sequel, complete with more creepy photographs. The fact that a sequel has been announced means that most of my complaints with this book are moot. It was all about how it ended.
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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, sci...moreI'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. (less)