PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
DATE PUBLISHED: 5th February 2013
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.
Red Riding Hood has became even more kick-ass then ever before.
Marissa Meyer has done it again. This retelling of Little Red Riding Hood was epic. I loved how this story wove itself into the prior book in The Lunar Chronicles; it could easily stand on its own. Twining together fairytale retellings with the sci-fi genre lent an edge to this retelling that I have not seen in a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood before.
The general concept of the source material can be seen, but it is twisted and molded to make it something completely different and yet, somehow, familiar. Scarlet is looking for her Grandmother who has been kidnapped and must enlist the help of a street fighter from off the beaten track (Wolf). But, can she trust him, should she?
The relationship between Scarlet and Wolf had me turning the pages rapid fire in anticipation for what was to come. The hate to love relationships is one I love to read about and it was no different in this book. Wolf is the sci-fi version of the bad boy every girl wants to have and to see this trope translated into this genre was amazing.
Sporadically through the book there were scenes with Cinder and what has happened since the cliffhanger at the end of the first book. New characters are introduced and I hope I get to see more of them in future books. By basing Scarlet in a non-major and industrialized area we are able to see the trickling in of information about the events of the first book as Scarlet starts to put the pieces together.
Overall, Marissa Meyer really gets my love of fairytales and has created an amazing world in this series that I cannot wait to explore further in the future books in The Lunar Chronicles series.
Keep Calm and Read On,