Ashleigh Paige

I'm a full-time college sophomore pursuing my B.A. in English with hopes of one day working as an editor. Cats, musicals, documentaries about cults/disasters/tragedies, and curse words are just a few of my favorite things. Also, check out our blog or I WILL FIND YOU.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Series #1)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Series #1) - Also appears on The Screaming Nitpicker. I received my copy through Amazon Vine.Let's call this 3.5 stars, hm?It’s been nearly 126 years since the end of the Fourth World War and world peace, but another threat just as deadly as war has developed: letumosis, the blue fever. Cinder, a cyborg and the best mechanic in all of New Beijing, is devastated when her stepsister Peony contracts the disease, she is sent away to become a test subject so a cure might be found. What doctors find when they test her and her slowly developing feelings for Prince Kai throw her into the struggle against the Lunar Empire and lead her to uncover secrets about the past she can’t remember. The fate of the entire planet may rest on Cinder’s shoulders.The world in which Cinder resides has a lot than can be explored--and that most likely will be explored later, since Cinder is the first of a quartet. Unfortunately, little of that world is explored deeply in this first book; it's more of an introduction. It's one I had a lot of fun reading about and was almost always entertained by, but an introduction nonetheless. Cinder the character was such fun to read through the eyes of and get to know; though there were momentary shifts to two other points of view, most of the novel is seen through Cinder's eyes in third-person. Her developing romance with Kai never completely won me due to its insta-love-esque beginnings and a lack of investment in them, but as separate characters, I like both of them. One thing I wanted more from concerning Cinder was a deeper exploration of her. So she's a little over a third cyborg--how much of her is really her? How much might come from her circuitry? Could she have artificially intelligence but be programmed to think she is a human?The biggest strike against Cinder as a novel is how painfully predictable the biggest twist of the novel was. From page 50 onward, I was nearly jumping in my seat and shouting in my head, "I know! I know! She's Princess Selene! Cinder is Princess Selene!" but the twist was not revealed by the novel until the last ten pages or so of the book. Spending nearly 350 pages with the knowledge of the big twist and the book's refusal to confirm it until the very end was frustrating and it never fares well for books to be so predictable.For most of the novel, I cruised through with little regard for the characters or investment in their various predicaments. It wasn't until the climactic scene at the ball that I finally, finally got into it and started caring about everyone. It's not a good sign that it took so long, but having that happen late in the game is better than it never happening at all, right?Cinder was both less than I expected it to be and much, much more. That may not seem like it makes sense, but it does. I suppose I can say I recommend it. It isn’t perfect by a long shot and yet it’s still a fun ride that will surely improve with each book.