Today I finally finished reading Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles Series. I was in awe of how Marissa Meyer managed to adapt the role of women today and integrate it into this book. Cinder is not the helpless princesses in need of someone to save her. She does not fall in love with the prince right away. She is an independent women that shows her own feelings and makes her own decisions -even if at times it might not feel that way.
This book forms that new era of princess books that I’ve been searching for. Cinder isn’t covered in make-up as some of the Disney princesses seem to be. She isn’t the type of her who spends all her time trying to look pretty and not really do anything else. She lets people see her for herself -as long as it isn’t at the expense of her life.
I enjoyed how the author had humanized the robotic parts of Cinder’s body. Allowing it to help her control her feelings. Being able to feel sensations of other people touching her on her metal limps. Iko, an android that was one of Cinder’s friends really helped add emotion to the robotic life forms of the story. Iko wasn’t even human, -but it seemed the only difference between her and humans was that she couldn’t share the senses that they did.
The setting of this book was also pretty spectacular. I love when authors take a setting out of history and mix it with sci-fi. Treasure Planet -I thought- has one of the coolest settings out of all of Disney’s stories. I think a change of settings helps to keep books unique and slightly less predictable. For example, if it was just a sci-fi genre you know if a tech device if is the problem then another tech device is going to fix it. If it a fantasy you know some magical thing is going to be stopped by another magical things etc. In mixed settings it’s some magical thing is the problem, that could be stopped by this sci-fi thing, but that can’t happen because of this medieval thing. Mixed settings make things a lot more interesting because you never know what’s going to stop what.
I will say when I first started this book I was a little bit skeptical. Why would it be okay to experiment on cyborgs? Why are they in a monarchy when it seems other countries aren’t? However, in the end the book seemed to tie itself together and I’m ready to go and look for the second one.
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