Sometimes a book can surprise you in a good way…this is one of those books.
General Summary: You all know the fairytale Cinderella. But imagine it with robots and moon people and you get Cinder. And yeah, it really does involve moon people.
Finally. Fucking finally.
I have no words.
Okay, maybe I do. But how do I….
This is what I expect from a book. A book that will make me want to continue reading at night, despite the fact that I should go to bed. A book that just made me smile and cry and….
Okay, I think I’m done fangirling enough to actually review.
Wow. Just wow. With the fairytale retelling I usually expect a cute story that isn’t anything really new. Like Beastly. It’s a cute enough book, but it’s nothing new. And Cinderella…well, up until this point my favorite Cinderella telling was Ella Enchanted and even though it added some new things to the Cinderella story it wasn’t revolutionary though.
If you look at the summary alone it’s a little mind boggling. Cyborgs, moon people, princes, Cinderella, androids, political tensions. That’s a lot to take in. And you wouldn’t think it works, but it does quite brilliantly. And while Meyer changes things from the original fairytale, there’s no little old lady going bibbity bobbity boo, it works. Better than if she would’ve followed the fairytale directly.
Also, apparently, this is sort of a homage to Sailor Moon a series I never got to watch mainly because my parents were very anti cable. If this is how Sailor Moon is I have got to check it out though. Because this book is freaking awesome.
Back to fangirling, I really loved how well formed these characters were. All of them were well formed. Even the male lead had a personality and wasn’t an asshole (I know, a rarity in YA). And Cinder was just awesome. I loved how she was a mechanic and a cyborg, and the cyborg thing was actually what I was worried about most (I blame it on reading too many Superman vs Metallo comics in my youth).
Best Feature: Kick ass princesses. Cinder’s not your Disney Cinderella. She’s resourceful and kicks ass. She doesn’t even want to go to the ball and she really doesn’t let her stepmother push her around (much). In other words, she’s a really well rounded character. And I think with the little cameo made from another character who I think is supposed to featured in a latter book this is going to be an ongoing trend (keep fingers crossed).
Worst Feature: Um, none. Okay, well, maybe I got annoyed with Cinder’s reluctance to tell Kai she was a cyborg and that she wasn’t good enough for him. But it worked.
Appropriateness: Theres’ some violence and some pretty heart wrenching scenes. But it’s fairly clean other than that.
Blockbuster Worthy: Oh yeah. You know, it’s time there’s a fairytale retelling that kicks ass. Sure, there’s Once Upon a Time which I hear is great-need to rent that one-but this would be a kick ass movie. And film makers it would be taking a popular trend, dystopia, and giving it a fresh edge without making it look gimmicky. Here’s who I’d cast:
Cinder: Emma Watson. Though she’s have to lose the accent, then again maybe the accent would be perfectly acceptable in New Beijing.
Kai: Harry Shum JR. I honestly really wish there was a go to guy of Asian descent to use. But Harry is hot and he’s nice too (or at least he is on Glee), so I think he could easily pull off Kai.
Overall Rating: I’m giving this a ten. Yes, it’s getting a ten. The first ten I’m giving all year. It’s that good. If you haven’t read this book pick it up now. You will thank yourself. It has a bit of something for everyone and if you love fairytales or wish those Disney princess would buck up and take action, well, this is your kind of book.