Thursday, March 6, 2014
Let's Discuss CINDER
I have to say thank you to everyone who recommended CINDER to me. I loved it, you were all right.
Fast-paced, intriguing, complicated, gritty world and it is a Sci Fi Fairytale. I have an innate weakness for fairytale retellings and this book hit all of the right notes. It was the Cinderella story (with other fairytales hovering in the background), but at the same time it was its own thing. I have to say that the prince character was a big improvement over any other version I've read or seen.
Cinder herself was spectacular. As a cyborg, she is treated as sub-human. She has very little freedom from her stepmother's greed and hatred, but she is resourceful. Living in a future where a horrible disease can kill you at any moment and there is constant threat of war from the Lunar empire, things are looking bleak. However, she still loves her youngest stepsister, has a quick mind, and dreams of escape. A dream that is within her power and ability to achieve.
The Lunar queen is powerful and evil and I am really looking forward to what happens next.
I know I need to get book 2, Scarlet, ASAP, and so many of you have also helpfully pointed out the three short stories also set in this universe.
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CRESS Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
Short stories (on the author's Wattpad):
THE QUEEN'S ARMY
THE LITTLE ANDROID
Now let's get to the discussion. As these questions and the answers in the comments will likely be SPOILERY, read at your own risk.
Use the comments to add your answers.
1. What were your thoughts on the fairytale retelling? Any bits "too on the nose" or anything you wish had been included?
2. What surprised you, if anything?
3. How many fairytale references did you catch?
4. How about the romance - too much, too little, just right?
5. How about the world - did you feel like you got a good intro?
6. Any other thoughts?
1. It felt right. I did find myself trying to match up the various players. The fairy godmother (the Doctor), I'm still not 100 % on. He killed a lot of people looking for Cinder. However, this is a series that isn't pulling many punches and I like that. There is a very real sense of danger for the characters.
2. Peony. Oh, Peony. That was heartbreaking and honestly I didn't know the author would go there. I was sad about Iko too, but I had expected that.
3. Other than Cinderella, the Big Bad Wolves that make up the Queen's army, the Wicked Queen from Snow White, with a good dose of Snow Queen too, Rapunzel. Those were the ones that jumped out at me.
4. I thought the romance level was just right. There was obvious attraction, but it wasn't overdone. Also, no triangle.
5. I thought the book did a good job of presenting us with a very gritty world that matched the socio-political issues. At the same time, it wasn't pages of description that got in the way of the story.
6. I need book 2.