Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5th 2013
Number of Pages: 464
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
I loved this take on Little Red Ridinghood. It was even better than the first book. The story switches back and forth between Scarlet’s story, and Cinder’s story. But never in a way that feels choppy, or that leaves you with cliffhangers about what the other character is doing.
Of the new characters, Wolf was by far my favorite. Wolf’s mannerisms and actions were a perfect blend of human and wolf. For some descriptions, I could picture in my head exactly what he was doing in that moment, and it was what I would expect an actual wolf’s reactions to be.
Scarlet was a strong girl, both in her opinions as well as her actions. She was going to rescue her grandmother, and nothing and no one was going to stop her. I loved her interactions with Wolf, and even though they had only known each other for a day in the beginning, her emotions and reactions felt right. They clicked in a believable way for me, and didn’t have the insta-love feel. (Though it might strike others differently.)
I also liked Thorne. He was the comic relief character, but he also proved to be loyal and willing to get into dangerous situations even before finding out who Cinder is.
Iko is back in this book, and I loved her reaction to her new body. As well as Thorne’s reaction to Iko’s reaction.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to do so.