Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel and Friends on February 5th, 2013
Genres: retellings, science fiction, young adult
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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.
In case you are curious – here is my review of Cinder, which I read prior to joining Great Imaginations in January. Here is the run down – three stars, love Kai, confused by Cinder, upset about the transparent plot twist.
Character-wise, I enjoyed the additions to the cast of characters. Wolf was a great addition to the cast, and Thorne even carried his own weight. I was a bit disappointed that Kai was thrusts to the side (even Cinder took a backseat in the sequel). The only issue I found, character-wise, was that Cinder and Scarlet’s nearly identical traits and voices. Both girls shared so many qualities that I never saw a difference in how they were presented. I liked Cinder and I liked Scarlet, but I feel that we need another female role that stems away from the “angry, aggressive” female type.
Don’t get me wrong – I did like the novel. The second book in the series packed in more action, and the overall plot of the series seems to be set on a course. I won’t lie at all: I believe that this series is about to become grittier and will begin to turn up the awesome level. I generally like the direction that plot is heading. It seems that this book is setting the scene for bigger and better things for the rag-tag group. If nothing else, this series is a fun read, and it was hard to put it down as the story progressed.
In the end, I hope to see the world building start to show through for the series. I do enjoy the characters and the culture, but at times, I feel a bit disconnected from the universe inside the books. However, this series is worth the anticipation, and I am excited to see what is going to happen next for Cinder and co.