By Marissa Meyer
4 **** = Can recommend; Great; Overall enjoyable
Confession: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen “Cinderella” before. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the animated Disney version of “Cinderella” before. I have seen the Whitney Houston produced “Cinderella.” Brandy. Victor Garbor. Jason Alexander. Whoopi Goldberg. Instant hit. Obviously.
Doesn’t Hillary Duff have a “Cinderella-like” movie too? Pretty sure I’ve seen that. I like the classics.
I blame Disney vault. I was more of a “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin” kind of girl, and by the time I wanted to see “Cinderella,” it was locked away – maybe forever – feels that way at least.
But I do love a good fairy tale – especially tripped-out futuristic retellings of fairy tales.
“Cinder,” by Marissa Meyer is just that.
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that 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. (Synopsis from Goodreads).
Cinderella meets Terminator meets Star Wars. Loved it.
It’s dystopian, steam punk, and science fiction all wrapped up in one. There’s a dashing and unusually kind prince, a wicked stepmother who rivals Angelica Houston (“Ever After”) for being meanest mom EVER, an extravagant ball, and a prosthetic foot that gets “lost.” *hint*hint*
Yes, it’s a tad predictable, but totally fun to draw the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle similarities between it and the classic.
Plus there’s the added spin of a deadly plague taking over this futuristic earth, not to mention an alien race that lives on the moon. This adds complexity and just enough intrigue to make it interesting.
I definitely enjoyed this book right up to the very disappointing end. It wasn’t until the last page that I realized that “Cinder” was just the first of four books – the second installment hitting stores in 2013. Poop.
I guess I’ll have to wait MUCH longer to see how the story of “Cinder” ends. If my previous experience with “Cinderella” is accurate, it will somehow involve a big white wedding with Whitney Houston serenading the kingdom from a glittery cloud floating over the castle. One can only hope.