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. When Scarlett encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about 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. (Summary from book jacket and image from shelf-life.ew.com)
My Review: I am LOVING this series! Admittedly, I wanted this next book to be solely about Cinder when it started. That quickly changed as I was drawn into Scarlet's story and how it parallels Little Red Riding Hood's fairy tale. And, as a bonus, Meyer weaves to the two stories together masterfully. That's like getting a milkshake and french fries; I'll take it!
Scarlet is another strong female protagonist. She knows her mind, provides for herself, and adores her grandmother--these qualities are ones I want my daughters to emulate and strive for and as such I appreciate Meyer's writing all the more. She does have an interesting relationship with Wolf, as the story plays out, but I won't give anything away here. Scarlet is so passionate about finding and helping her grandmother she'll do anything in her power to do it. She beats the odds, she trusts her own instincts, she accomplishes goals in otherwise impossible circumstances; what's not to like? While I do think it's a great discussion about her recklessly putting her own life in harm's way, she has noble intent and is intelligent enough to realize the danger she's putting herself in but is selfless in her pursuit anyway. (Can you tell I like the way Meyer depicts females?)
I can't forget to talk about Cinder in my review. Cinder's character is developed a little further as well. She has some major decisions to make, many people's characters to question, and a whole lot of guilt that if she doesn't come to terms with making a decision her actions will effect an entire world. I had to remind myself while reading that Cinder has just learned quite a bit of life altering information, information that changes how she sees herself and how people have treated her for years. These are things that take time to sort through. And while I have the luxury of knowing her back story, what her fate is, and where she should go, she's still figuring all that out. I had to remind myself to be patient, just like you would when you're dealing with a real person accepting change. We also meet a new, somewhat shallow character on Cinder's path to freedom, but despite his shallowness, he proves an endearing character with time. I hate giving things away, ruining stories, so I'm afraid this review is leaving out detail that would delve deeper into the story and give a richer review. Sorry about that. My conscience wins and you'll have to read the book yourself.
I wish the next book in the series was already out. I dislike waiting and waiting, and that's what I'll be doing. You end this book knowing there is much that still needs to be told. Needless to say, I'll be buying each of the books in this series!
For the sensitive reader: There are a couple different alcohol references, depictions of Ultimate-Fighting violence, and a few steamy kissing scenes. Otherwise, clean.
Rating: 4.5 Stars--it's not literature in the sense that it changed me for a better person, therefore I can't give it 5 stars, but it's a great read!
Sum it up: Another great installment in the Cinder series--I'm really loving these!
Also reviewed by Elizabeth here.