(Lunar Chronicles #2)
by Marissa Meyer
by Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy
Hardback: 452 Pages
Publication: February 5, 2013 by Feiwel and Friends
The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...
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.
Scarlet and Wolf make Cinder and Kai look like good little kids, which is saying something considering what a scary little fighter Cinder can be when she puts her mind to it, and Kai isn't an obedient little princeling either. Still, they aren't a fiery, gun-wielding redhead or a crazy strong street fighter, both carrying secrets in their blood. That's where I'm ending the comparison though. The two couples aren't very comparable; at least, not in the way that they captured my heart in their own crazy special ways.
Scarlet is far less timid than Cinder and much more outspoken. She has a take-charge attitude and won't let anyone talk her down. When she finds out her grandother is missing, Scarlet takes immediate action, though she doesn't know her enemy. All she needs to know is that her grandmother is in danger, and she'll risk her life to save her only family. In another character, all this recklessness would alienate me. However, Scarlet's character and story is so well developed that I could sympathize with her. The same can be said for Wolf, whose loyalties are questionable. For a long time, I didn't knew whether or not I could trust him, and yet my heart couldn't help melting before his charm. He's such a compelling character. My favorite moments with him are the times he lets his guard down and shows his vulnerabilities to Scarlet. Especially when it involves tomatoes.
The romance is so darn cute. It's so obvious how smitten Wolf is with Scarlet. And since he doesn't know what to do, she's the one taking the lead a lot of the time. Then there's Cinder and Kai. While the two of them parted on pretty bad terms and Kai doesn't know what to believe anymore, the two still harbor feelings for each other. Kai's decision in the end nearabout broke my heart, only I know that Cinder's going to do something about it.
I like how the series has been taking us around the country. Cinder and Kai are from New Beijing in the Commonwealth, and now Scarlet and Wolf have taken us to France. There's also a little American thrown in with "Captain" Thorne, Cinder's latest companion, a womanizer with a playful attitude. He and Iko make a good team in my opinion with how they keep fawning over the opposite sex; it's hard not to love them and their crazy personalities. Thorne is a good addition to Cinder's team, adding much needed levity to Cinder's life as she struggles with conflicts over her newfound knowledge of her true identity.
I also appreciate how the story alternates perspectives as needed to give us a picture of what's happening on multiple fronts, the primary ones being Scarlet, Cinder, and Kai. At the same time, this is what kept me from that oh-so-close 5-star rating. I didn't feel as though I got to know the characters so well because the perspective changed so much. It was close though, and it doesn't mean that the characters weren't developed--far from it! I love this second installment in the Lunar Chronicles, and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book.
Also check out my interview with author Marissa Meyer on Cinder!