Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
While her sisters were given beautiful dresses and fine slippers, Cinderella had only a filthy smock and wooden shoes.
I was really looking forward to read this, and perhaps I was even over excited about it. After reading a couple of reviews, I initially thought that this review would be a negative one. But Marissa Meyer surprised me with a 'young-adult' fairy tale. Cinderella wasn't really my favourite fairy tale, but Cinder definitely is.
There was no bed for her, and at night when she had worked herself weary, she had to sleep by the hearth in the ashes.
As the famous fairy tale is retold, Cinder is a mechanic - in fact, the best in New Beijing. She liver with her stepmother, Adria, and her two stepsisters, Peony and Pearl. Just like in the story, Cinder is not happy; being a cyborg, and having to bear a stepmother is not exactly euphonious. One day, her stepsister, Peony, comes in contact with the letumosis plague, and Cinder is blamed for transferring the pathogens to her. Simultaneously, she finds herself tangled in Prince Kai's life. When she discovers about the Lunars and the atrocious queen, things become nasty. This book is a judicious mixture of intriguing adventure and unexpected twists indentured by confusion.
'I-I'm Linh Cinder.'
This book is different from other young adult books: perhaps adversity in a female protagonist's life corresponds. But generally, the protagonist lives in a completely discrete dystopian world. However, the author has used an old fairy tale, and rebuilt it with new vigour. Plagiarism? Oh please! Give it a rest! Albeit, I have to admit, there is nothing that heat to exaggerate about, I enjoyed the plot as well as the details with ardent pleasure. The story is not just a story. It is the story.
'But I can promise your sister will be second.'
This might be considered cryptic by some, preposterous by others, and not accepted by the rest. I found a social message in between the pages of this page-turner: Even if you are different; even if you are not like others, you can still survive in this world. Just stay strong and strive to survive - Cinder will show you how. This is probably considered asinine, but if you want it, tale the advice.
So my hypocritical prejudices have been shunned thanks to this book. Give me a reason why I must not recommend this book.
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