Book Talk: Cinder

Hello everyone and welcome back to readlogy! How was your weekend? Was it good? I’m sorry for my abesence last week, because I was having a busy week since I’m currently learning about product photography with one of my colleagues. It was fun! Not as hard as I thought and once I can do it myself without any help, I think I would start a bookstagram. Who knows? And what about you guys? Is there any good thing that happened last week?

AND, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer is released this morning and I don’t feel good. I can’t say goodbye to my favorite trio, I can’t. The trailer gives me so many feelings and I don’t think I can’t stop talking about it on my social media for the next few days. I can’t believe Star Wars is going to end soon. I’m: sad.

Anyway back to the topic, I actually finished Cinder last Tuesday and I didn’t really want to make a review about it—since it was released in 2012 and I knew everyone already read and wrote a review about this book. But, I really wanted to talk about Cinder and pour how I feel about the characters and the book in general. So yeah, that’s why I’m going to start a book talk; where I talk about popular books that are published years ago—or books I re-read and already wrote the review the first time I read them, or any particular topics that are related to books. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

 

Warning: Unlike reviews, this is not spoiler free.

 

Cinder, a mechanic and a cyborg. A book about Cinderella’s retelling that is set in the future. I’ve always known this book is not going to be the same like any other fairytale retellings. Other retellings usually take place in modern world or other fantasy realm, but Marissa Meyer stepped out of this retelling’s comfort zone. I’m not actually a fan of sci-fi books, but I’m curious about how this book might turn.

But… Cinder is one of those books everyone hype about. Even I still see my mutuals from Twitter talk about this. Surely, if a book is still being talked about even after 7 years of its release, it meant the book is really that good, right? But why, why I don’t find this book as good as everyone claim?

Can I just be honest that the world building is not satisfying? Okay, Cinder is set after World War IV, okay so some scientist moved to the moon, but I was left wondering what happened to the world where Cinder lived. Although my question was answered toward the end of the book, but it was a brief explanation about it.

Nowadays, when it comes to sci-fi or fantasy books, I always look toward the world building. I don’t think Cinder gave me that enough. I think if the book explained why there is a colony in the moon with ability to control someone’s mind, I wouldn’t be this disappointed.

Anything about Lunar, I want to know more about it. I tried looking it up at fandom.com but there was no explanation at all. Save for the cruel ruler, Queen Levana.

New Beijing is no better either. So, at the end of World War IV, the world is divided into six nations. New Beijing is the capital city of Eastern Commonwealth, which is based in Asia. Can you imagine how excited I am? A popular book that is set in Asia? Can you tell how excited I am?

But then, this book is lack of culture and custom. The only Asian about this book is the name, period. Am I mad? Yes. I was happy to think that Asians get a representation on popular book, but no—of course not. Jokes on ME.

You know what left me confused even more? There is no explanation why people act hostile toward cyborgs. All I know is; Cinder is the only known cyborg, Adri—being a lame step-mother she is—doesn’t treat Cinder with respect and Cinder is afraid Prince Kai would find out about her soon.

Speaking of Prince Kai, I honestly don’t expect anything from him. From the original Cinderella fairytale, the Prince Charming didn’t play a huge role, so I didn’t really think he would be irrelevant. Kai is the most bland male characters I’ve ever read and I wish—really wish—his character would develop in the next book.

Maybe, Cinder is one of the good things about this book. Aside from all the mess and plot holes, Cinder is there; like a candle shining in the dark. Yes, I agree, there’s nothing new about her; a MC with mysterious past who gets dragged into world-saving action. Or, should I say, not so mysterious?

The moment the book mentioned about Princess Selene, I already have theory about who she is. When it’s confirmed, I was… well, upset? Because it was predictable and I wish the book told me otherwise. If you pay your attention, you would probably guess that Cinder is the long lost princess.

I mean, it’s usually like that in YA fantasy book. I was not surprised, but rather disappointed to put my expectation on her.

What about the plague? Of course, Queen Levana has the antidote—in which I don’t understand why she has it? Okay, it’s a bargaining chip; because she wants to marry Prince Kai. If Kai wants to save earth’s citizen with the antidote, he has to marry Queen Levana. But, how and why does she have it? What’s so good about Lunar?

Well, I did enjoy the book because most of the time, I tried to ignore all the mess and plot holes. I admit, it wasn’t a good experience reading, but at least, the plot is interesting I barely put the book down. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not, because I keep flipping each pages hoping I would find some closure about my questions.

Even though I got none.

Despite the mess, I do love Cinder and Kai. I’m a sucker for romance and I’m glad this book didn’t disappoint me on that one.

I don’t know if I ever want to continue the series. The first book disappoints me, but I still need some closure. Maybe, I’ll look up to fandom.com instead.

Alright, I’m done ranting. I wish I enjoy this book as much as everyone do…but sadly this book is not for me. What about you? What’s your opinion about Cinder? Let me know in the comment section below!

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