Friday, February 15, 2013

Mother Daughter Book Club -- Cinder

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My enjoyment rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
February Mother Daughter Book Club choice
Source:  Personal Copy
Genre:  YA; Dystopian (12 and up)
Objectionable material:  mild violence; use of guns

Remember Jaime Sommers? The Bionic Woman? One day, happily dating Steve Austin, on the way to being married, when she is tragically hurled to earth in a catastrophic sky diving accident. When she awakens from her injuries and surgery – she has been repaired: new ears, new arm, new legs – bigger, better, stronger.

That’s how I envisioned Cinder, Marissa Meyer’s spunky heroine, in her dystopian mashup of the fairy tale Cinderella: Cinder, hurled to earth to be saved from the Lunar people, rebuilt with mechanical parts that make her a Cyborg (was Jaime really a cyborg afterall?), trying to save her planet and her Emperor (who also happens to be super cute).

Surprisingly – I liked this.

Cinder was an easy character to embrace: she was dogged by her stepmother and step sister, bullied by the mainstream humans – but yet, she was able to rebuild robots, droids and cars, flirt with the hottie Prince, had an awesome sidekick, Iko, and was able to withstand the evil Queen Levana. She was one tough cookie.

I knew going into this that it was a series (Scarlet #2 in the Lunar Chronicles) – so the ending wasn’t really and ending. Which rots. I’m not sure I’m that invested in Cinder to read the remaining to see what happens…but I would like to know how it ends. Oh well.

This was our Mother/Daughter book club choice for February.

We haven’t met yet – and normally I wait and post my thoughts until I get feedback from the girls. But, there is a significant chance we won’t be there on Tuesday.

Daisy daughter still hasn’t finished this. It’s totally NOT in her literary comfort zone (not a single cupcake was baked). We shall see.


Tricia said...

I'm glad to know this is good for the middle school crowd. I've been on the fence about it, but I think my daughter would probably love it.

Amy said...

I have had my eye on this book for over a year. It is not my usual genre of choice, and yet, I'm strangely intrigued. I'm hoping to get to it soon.

Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf said...

Ditto what Amy said! Sounds interesting. (Plus, I love dystopian!)

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I have this one on my bookshelf. Oh yes, I remember the bionic woman. It was one of my favorite shows growing up! I had to laugh about your comment that this book was not the type your daughter usually reads.

Liz said...

I loved this book and I'm surprised your rated it so high after reading your good reads "progress" notes. Glad you ended up liking it!