Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5th 2013
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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.
Having enjoyed Cinder, I was anticipating loving Scarlet, as I tend to love anything Red Riding Hood. I sat on an ARC of this and then a hard cover and then finally downloaded the audiobook from the library and set to cleaning. I loved the audio version first of all, I felt the narrator did an amazing job bringing out the personalities of all of the characters. Set from the point of view of Scarlet and Cinder, both girls are very different, but both very admirable. Cinder had been captured at the end of the first book and is now attempting to escape prison, but ends up in the cell of a very dashing Captain (or so he says) Thorne. Her plot is pretty much the main plot and on the headline of every news that Scarlet encounters.
Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and the police are not doing enough in her eyes, so she decides it is time she look herself after her wayward father comes home ranting about being captured, tortured and asked about an object repeatedly. Knowing her grandmother must be in dire straights, the only thing she knows about the captors is a very specific tattoo. When she meets up with a young man named Wolf, a fighter who is quiet and intimidating, she decides to help him, but finds out he too has a tattoo very similar to the one her father described. He insists he took no part, but knows the people who did and is willing to help her. The only problem is she does not trust him, at least not yet.
I love the play on Little Red with the futuristic setting, it is very appealing and very easy to relate to something more fantastical. I love that Wolf is part of a pack and man is he delicious. I must say the Scarlet/Wolf relationship definitely strikes a note to me as a reader. I love the slow and steady burn of their relationship and must say I prefer the Wolf to the prince any day. Scarlet is a more beautiful character, striking even Cinder as stunning, but she does not act like she knows it as a boon, rather a bane. Running a bar is not the easiest jobs, especially when young and pretty.
Overall, I loved where this series is taking me as a reader. The plots are twining together very easily and I cannot wait to see what Cress adds into the mix. I’m looking forward to the next book very much!