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 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.
Bloody hell. SPOILERS AHEAD.
The plot thickens. And everything just went up a notch, compared to Cinder. Man, this book was amazing. I’m constantly amazed by the way Marrissa just spins the fairy tales around, the result being an exceptionally well-written piece of literature. Where Cinder was lacking, this more than makes up for it. Her writing has evolved and you feel more drawn into this story than to Cinder. She manages to capture the reader’s attention more easily. The tone is more mature than it was with Cinder and that’s probably what I loved about it. Cinder feels more like a children’s book, Scarlet not so much.
I loved the switch in point of view from Scarlet to Cinder, back and forth, until they meet. The story flows really well and the chapters are structured in such a way that you don’t feel any disruption in the narrative when the POV switches. You can see how intricate the story actually is, and how closely all the characters are linked together.
There’s also a lot of character development. Cinder starts to understand her past, her powers, her value and her need to let go of who she was and embrace her new identity. Scarlet’s addition and her relationship with Wolf are brilliantly done – I loved her chapters and the bond she shares with him. I was a bit frustrated when he turned her over to the Lunars (I expected it, honestly, because he was the equivalent of the Big Bad Wolf in the Red Riding Hood fairy tale) but I loved the turn the story took afterward and the way their relationship has developed.
Captain Thorne and Iko as a spaceship provided some well-deserved humor and made the reading experience even more fun and entertaining.
I loved it. I cannot tell you how excited I was to be able to move on to Cress and see where the story takes me next. I have come to love this series very, very, very much. I definitely recommend it to everyone. Pick it up, you won’t regret it!
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