Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Writer's View - Glitches by Marissa Meyer
From Goodreads: Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In “Glitches,” a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch...
The Writer's View
I was excited to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer, so when I came across this free prequel I jumped at the chance to read it. Normally when I come across a good novella, it makes me excited to read the full novel. Unfortunately, I didn't love this piece.
Worldbuilding is such an integral part of speculative fiction. I found the worldbuilding in this novella vague and incomplete. I couldn't figure out if Cinder had always been a cyborg, or if she had been made into a cyborg after a bad accident which killed both her parents. She has no memory of her past life, so there was no way for the reader to know. The family who adopts her is very poor -- four months behind on their rent, for starters, and they don't even have enough money to buy shoes for their real daughters. Yet they have enough money to fly from China to Europe to adopt a cyborg. None of this stuff added up to me. It left me feeling disconnected with the story.
Is there anyone out there who has read Cinder? Are some of the issues I describe above answered in the novel? Is it worth reading if I didn't care for this novella? Perhaps this short would be more enjoyable to someone who has read the novel first?