Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Publisher: Square Fish
Date Published: February 4, 2014
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Pages: 512 (Paperback)
Age Range: 12+
Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
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.
So, I have delved back into the world of Cinder and let me tell you, it's gettin' real intense. It's getting real good! In this book, we meet some new characters, we get to read from some new POVs, we get to learn more about what's going on with the overall story, AND we get some hilarious moments.
First off, let's meet our new characters. Okay. SO, at first, I didn't like Scarlet because she wasn't Cinder. I didn't like reading from someone else's brain. But, after a few chapters, when things really started moving, I got over it. In the end, I liked Scarlet. She still isn't my favorite- I like Cinder more- but I really like her. I like Wolf, but that's it. I don't love him, I don't really like him- I tolerate him. Hopefully, I will like him more in Cress. He came across as physically strong, but useless and pretty darn shifty. I knew something was off about him in the beginning of the book, but I couldn't quite figure out what was going on until the end. And I'm SO glad that we figured out what to do with Iko's ID chip. I'm so happy that we figured out what to do with it, and now we can have some closure on Cinder's sorrow about that particular thing. My favorite character that we met in this book, is Thorne. He is, hands down, my second favorite character of the series so far. He adds some much-needed light to the story- and he's HILARIOUS.
The plot was, again, a little predictable. It was less predictable than the first one, but it was still predictable. I loved how Marissa Meyer integrated Scarlet's individual story with Cinder's individual story because I was really worried about how that was going to work out. The book kinda had an AVENGER'S ASSEMBLE feel to it because it feels like we are grouping together to overthrow Levana (who I officially hate).
I finished Cress a few weeks ago, so I'll have a review up for that soon. I'm sorry if i spoiled the book for anyone- it's hard to write reviews without spoiling things because I just really want to get all my feelings out!! Anyway, if you haven't read this series, get out from under your rock and pick them up.