Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2
Genres: YA, romance, sci-fi, fairytale retelling, dystopia
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
This was another great installment in The Lunar Chronicles. At first I was a little wary that after becoming so attached to the Cinder characters, Scarlet starts out with new ones but I actually liked the way Meyer did it. The new characters were introduced gradually and their scenes were interspersed with Cinder’s in a way that kept both stories moving while developing Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne.
I loved Scarlet’s ballsy personality and thought she was a brilliant addition to the series while Wolf is an adorable snowflake. The romance between them developed a little quickly for my tastes but they’re a cute couple so I’m able to overlook that. I was less enamoured by Thorne than most people seem to be but I’m waiting to see how he’s developed in Cress. I still enjoy Cinder and I liked seeing her take control a little more in this book. I loved Iko as the ship and thought it was a great way to bring back the character in a useful way, while giving Cinder a familiar ally in her new situation.
The only character I wasn’t so keen on was Kai, who I thought was terribly underused in the few scenes he had. I’d like to see more of him in future books, as I’m hoping he gets more development before reuniting with Cinder.