Thursday, February 23, 2012
Book Suggestion: Cinder: A Cinderella with Guts
One of Cinder's stepsisters is sympathetic to her plight, someone that Cinder can at least talk to. The worst happens when Cinder's stepsister contracts the debilitating plague that's been sweeping across the country. Cinder's stepmother volunteers her for plague research. After all, she is cyborg and she owes her life to Science anyways, right? The story takes surprising twists and turns as the reader discovers the truth behind Cinder's past.
This book was an emotional roller coaster. I loved how much I hated the stepmother, loved the prince and admired Cinder. Meyer envelopes us in the futuristic setting from page one, describing the rust that flakes off of Cinder's joints as she changes her foot. Starting with this scene not only gave me an idea of how strong a character Cinder is (seriously, I can't even dig a paper cut out of my finger without wincing.) But it gives the reader a great connection to a historical Chinese practice, foot binding as a Cinder tries to replace her foot with a larger foot... one that actually fits. The ending left me a bit frustrating since it leaves us hanging, but I'll feel better satisfied once I have Book 2 in my hands. This is a great book for fans of Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore, and a great read for Book Clubs as well. It could spark some thought-provoking conversations about racial divides and prejudice. Cinder is not a wilting Victorian violet. She doesn't wait at home for her fairy godmother to hand her a dress, she takes fate in both cybernetic hands and chooses her own path.