There’s a reason that Fairy Tales keep appealing to generations of readers. The themes utilized in these stories are just as meaningful, poignant, and evocative as they were centuries ago; as they will be centuries from now. We continue to be charmed by these stories because they are much of the foundation of what we read today, what writers work around. Meyer has done something very smart in taking this beloved story and setting it in the future.; she’s subtly implying that these elements of storytelling will live on to captivate future readers. This simple decision of time period and setting underscores this notion beautifully.
I love how jaded and real Meyer’s Cinderella is. Cinder is an ideal heroine for young women to be reading in this age of drippy female leads. Cinder is all strength, and quick wit, and spunk, and sardonic mouth, and action. She is the kind of character who gets business done and takes names later. I absolutely adored this character and I loved how Meyer maneuvered her story within the story. Her idea is so inventive she should patent it; future impending war, a Lunar Queen, a plague, political scheming, and a classic myth. Awesome. Perfect. I read the entire book with a smile on my face and now my cheeks are aching with delight.
The ball scene…the ball. Wow! Go Marissa Meyer!
I know there are more planned in this series – I suspect a trilogy, since everything is a trilogy these days. She ended this book on a very pronounced cliffhanger that I am angry at (because I have to wait for the next book). I cannot wait to see what Meyer does with a sequel. She has hinted at other fairy tale characters within this world and I hope she figures out ways to incorporate their tales into this idea. I want to see how these allusions pan out.
And gods, I hope they leave in the line about the dominatrix queen throwing a tantrum (please don’t cut that out! please don’t cut that out! please don’t cut that out!).
This has shot up to one of my favourite books of 2011. 10 out of 5 stars. I positively, ridiculously love this book!
* Cinder releases January 3rd, 2012.
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