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.

Incomplete Worldbuilding

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?

8 comments:

  1. It's a shame the worldbuilding was incomplete. I haven't had a chance to read Cinder yet or this novella. I wonder the same questions you had. :)

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  2. This is one you definitely want to read Cinder first. All those questions (at least as far as I remember) are answered in Cinder. Because I read Cinder I didn't have any issues with this other than it being short. But yes, there's no real description of the world or anything, but all that is explained. You must read Cinder! It's fantastic!

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  3. I hate it when stories, especially novellas don't give enough information. The author should have assumed that not everyone would read the first book. Doesn't seem like my type of read. I might pass on this all together. Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much. Hopefully your next read will be better.

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  4. Cinder sounds fantastic! I think I'll start with that and then decide if I want to read the novella:-) Thanks for the review!

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  5. Weird cause I loved Cinder. It sounds like she maybe didn't put that much thought into this one. Sad. Yeah, I do think some of the answers are in the book. If I'm remembering right.

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  6. I didn't enjoy Cinder as most people did. It ended up being a DNF for me. To be honest I found the world building to be lacking in Cinder as well. The descriptions of Cinder as a cyborg were great but there was almost no explanation of the world at large and how it came to be. Unless it happened in the last half of the book which I didn't read.I think to satisfy your own curiosity you should give it a try.

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  7. Hmmm, I've been meaning to start this series. I think I'll take Candace's advice and read Cinder first.

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  8. My teenage sister and I both loved Cinder. She even interviewed Marissa Myer for my blog. As a thank you, I bought my sister a signed copy of the book. We're both eagerly awaiting the next installment.

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