Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Number of Pages: 452
Date Published: February 5, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction / Retelling
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.
(Date Read: February 28, 2013)
Our beloved CYBORG CINDERELLA meets the not so little RED RIDING HOOD...
Marissa Meyer has done it again. She has retold another classic fairy tale and made it like it was her own. Some of the key elements of the original book were still in the story, but the way she has reconstructed everything to make it fit in a futuristic world filled with androids and Lunars was brilliant. She has successful made the innocent Little Red Riding Hood that we all know, a bit more feisty and cooler by empowering her with flying and shooting skills. And from a New Beijing, we get to travel to a little town in France.
The book tells the story of both Scarlet and Cinder and how their lives will eventually intertwine. The simple farm girl from France and the Lunar cyborg fugitive from New Beijing will somehow cross paths as readers try to decipher how both girls will be of help to each other. That was actually the thing I was looking forward to the most: What will happen if both of them meet?
Scarlet is quite different from Cinder. I found Cinder more likable than her. But just as I was getting nearer to actually liking Scarlet a lot, she does something that just throws me off guard. I did not really expect her to do that. So yeah, her good points go down a few notches. Her relationship with Wolf wasn’t as great as I expected it to be. But I guess it was okay.
Cinder meets someone new in the second book, Cadet Thorne who insists on being called Captain. He was actually pretty entertaining. And I loved Kai’s reaction when he found out that Cinder has escaped with him. Priceless! Iko is back as well. Though a little different than usual, but still the same funny and friendly Iko.
What else? Ah, Letumosis wasn’t really an issue here. The conflict was mostly about the Queen and her threats to the rulers of the Earthen species, about Lunar invasion and attacks.
So to sum up, the second book was great though there were a few hanging questions that were unresolved.
MANILA was mentioned in the book. :)
***February 2016 Update***
I made minor edits to this review: just removed a few unnecessary exclamation marks and some pointless "hahahaha" laughs inserted between sentences.