April 14, 2013

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)

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Genres/Themes: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆

Wow. This was both an awesome and frustrating book. The world that Marissa Meyer made for this story was amazing, though there was one thing that really bothered me about it, and unfortunately it is one of the biggest rules of Meyer's world. Cyborgs aren't human.

Cinder is treated as crap not just because she was "adopted" by her stepfather and then left to her stepmother when he died, but because she was a cyborg. Being a cyborg means she isn't human anymore. She's property. A slave. Infuriatingly WRONG!

Why does a person's position in the world change because they gain a few metal parts? So if the emperor were to get into an accident, lose half his body, and become a cyborg, is he removed from being emperor and become a common slave? This is just messed up. And the fact that her "legal guardian" was able to sell her for scientific experimentation when I'm assuming human trafficking is illegal was just wrong. If human trafficking is illegal, how can cyborg trafficking be okay?

The line stating that cyborgs owe themselves because of the miracle scientists were able to perform was just immoral. I'm assuming that many of these cyborgs were in accidents and had to pay for surgery to save their lives. They paid for the surgery, why are they supposed to keep on paying. If a patient has a brain hemorrhage, and the doctor saves their life, how are they different from the cyborgs. Both would have died; both were saved by medical miracle.
Because the cyborgs are considered less than human, they are the ones that are forced to be guinea pigs in order to find an antidote. How does adding a bit of metal change the fact that they're human!? Just because they have a bit of metal mean's that they're life is suddenly worth less than an all natural human?

Meyer's world is an interesting place, but some of the fundamental rules aren't very plausible. I think I would have believed it more if there actually was something that affected what people consider the core part of humans--the conscience or brain. If the brain had been damaged and replaced with a digital brain, I think the whole story would have been more plausible, but just by having a prosthetic arm and leg wasn't enough to make me even consider the fact that a cyborg may not have the necessary qualifications to be considered human.

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