This is a book I’ve been waiting to read for a long time, and imagine my delight when I found it in my This is a book I’ve been waiting to read for a long time, and imagine my delight when I found it in my library’s audiobook archive.
I downloaded immediately and I was completely engrossed in the rich futuristic world of New Beijing and the human, cyborg, android, and Lunar characters that populate it.
WRITING 5/5 wings
Very descriptive. Each sentence painted a picture in my mind, and it was a great book to experience via narration, as I felt I was more involved in the world than if I had simply read it with my own eyes.
PLOT: 4.5 wings
Everything happens for a purpose, and you can feel the constructed-ness of the plot as you’re listening/reading. Not one event is meaningless. Every sentence, every word has its place. You really fall into the world, because there’s so much detail. And really, when you’re creating a futuristic world and you want it to be believable, it’s all about the details.
Even though you can predict a lot of the plot twists, it doesn’t matter it’s all about the journey with this story. And that’s saying something, when you can not be bothered with nitpicking any other part, when nothing else bothered you. Listening to this book was like soaking in a warm tub.
CHARACTERS: 4.5 wings
Every character was unique. The narrator of the book also did a good job distinguishing between one character and another. I felt like they were real people. They were real people with real problems. Having great characters like the ones in Cinder is just one piece of the puzzle. It’s the characters, the world-building, and the story and the way that it’s told that brings it all together. Like I said above, some of the plot twists and character paths were somewhat predictable, but I very much enjoyed the ride.
OVERALL 5/5 wings
Totally amazing. Loved it SO MUCH and I can’t wait to read the sequel. Completely absorbing.