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. Goodreads
About the Book:
Author: Marissa Meyer
Book length: 452 pages
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance, Fairy Tales, Retellings, Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Starting reading: March 5
Finished reading: March 12
“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”
“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”
What did I think of the book? [spoilers further on]
The follow up of Cinder. Oh my God!! I love how the story of Cinder continues and another fairy tale, Red Riding Hood, is introduced. Together they will be intertwined!! Another book with different POVs and another book with chapters ending in such cliffhangers you can’t just put the book away!! Aslo, I didn’t mention it with Cinder, but the font chosen on the cover and the covers itself are so pretty^^. The font has a classic, but sci-fi twist to it, perfect..
A next good point is, the books starts where it left off. I love that. I like to read series in one go. So all the introductions again is a bit double when you read them in one go.
I love how Prince Kai’s character grows in this book. We see another side of him, a more mature and loyal here. He fights for his cause, his people, his deceased father, his Empire and his ‘forbidden’ love Cinder. The love story between Kai and Cinder is aa bit missing in the book, but hey, the book is called Scarlet. She gets her story told aswell. And I’m faithful this isn’t the last of Cinder+Kai =]
The new main character in this book is Scarlet. Unlike Cinder, she is brave, bold and fierce. Meeting a big ‘man’ [Wolf] won’t scare her. Her grandma kidnapped, she will hunt the kidnappers down. Kind of like Liam Neeson in Taken.
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
Her grandmother means everything to her. The dangerous Wolf is there to help her/take her to the kidnappers who were supposed to kidnap her as well. She was always self providing, with her tomato delivery service. And her appearance rocks!! A girl delivering tomatoes, but always wearing a red hoodie and carrying a gun in her belt. She’s a tough girl, I like her!!
Wolf or Alpha Ze’ev Kelsey is a Lunar Special Operative or a Loyal Soldier to the Order of the Pack [LSOP] , sent by Levana to horrify the world. But Wolf is not a simple LSOP, he defies his master, kills his brother to protect Scarlet and defies his own ‘nature’. He wasn’t supposed to break the mind-controlling of Master Jael, but his need to protect his Alpha female Scarlet was bigger. It’s always nice to seehow the bad guy becomes the good guy. =]
The next ‘new guy’ we see is Carswell Thorne. We’ve seen him in the end of Cinder, but he was still an unknown character then. Now we get to meet Thorne. Captain Thorne as he likes to call himself. A stolen spaceship [hence the Captain title], a womanizer to the bone and a character whom we love and hate at times. He can be the best friend in the world of the biggest pain in the ass there is.
The best thing Marissa did was develop Scarlet’s story, explore Cinder’s past and her present and intertwine those two stories to one hell of a good plot.
And thanks Marissa for giving us a hyperventilation attack with that ending…
I’m excited for Cress. I can’t wait for another character and how the magic of Marissa Meyer intertwines yet another story with the current one. ^^
In case you’ve missed these:
- #30 The Raven Boys.
- #29 The Moth in the Mirror.
- #28 Splintered.
- #27 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
- #MakeMeRead It Read-A-Thon TBR.