Series: The Lunar Chronicles (Book 2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Pages: 452 pages
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.
Right after I finished reading Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, I dashed off to grab the second book because I just needed more from Cinder, Prince Kai & company. The first book was simply fantastic, so I had pretty high expectations for the sequel. As it turned out, Scarlet was also a good read, but not as exciting.
Scarlet is a much slower read and I think that is because of the different POVs — Cinder, Scarlet, Kai and a bit of Queen Levana. I love the characters (yes, even the evil queen), and I was especially thrilled to be back with Cinder and Kai, but I believe so many POVs weren’t that necessary. It would have been just fine with Cinder and Scarlet, as much as I love Kai.
And, because of the different POVs, I had a hard time focusing on the new characters, of loving them as they should have been, because I was just waiting on Cinder’s POV. Not Scarlet’s. This is the reason why I don’t like having a favorite POV. So yeah, I wasn’t invested on Scarlet’s flight to save her grandma or her growing relationship with Wolf. Heck, I didn’t even swoon once! Bummer, I know.
However, with whom I DID swoon all over was Thorne, the new “captain” buddy Cinder meets in the beginning of the book. I just loved him so much right from the start. Thorne’s sense of humor & personality was so much fun to read about, he easily stole the spotlight in this book! And maybe the true reason behind my dislike towards the other POVs. There was no Thorne!
I also felt that Scarlet (the book) was a bit more… silly. Childish. And it’s not really a bad thing, but it felt different to how Cinder (the book) reads. A bit less believable in my opinion.
All in all, I am a bit hesitant to move on towards the third book, Cress, considering that the series keeps on adding POVs, but since everyone keeps raving about the books, I won’t keep it waiting for long. Besides, I need more from Thorne and Prince Kai. More kissing, if possible. And lots and lots of more excitement.
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