PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
DATE PUBLISHED: 05th 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. 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 gets a Sci-Fi make over in Scarlet. Plot points from the first book in the series continue in this book and the main conflict is expanded upon in this novel. A wider scope is placed in this novel as it takes place in Europe, Asia and on a space ship. The action really picks up in this novel and I am very interested to see how the plot will develop further in future novels.
Many elements of the “Red Riding Hood” fairytale are present in this novel with enough of a twist to keep things interesting. Scarlet is a red haired teenage farm girl whose Grandmother goes missing. She meets a man named Wolf who offers to help her find her Grandmother. Scarlet is a fiery character with a strong personality. She is strongly loyal to her Grandmother. Wolf is a mysterious street fighter who is violent and reading about the development of Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship develop through the book with many twists and turns.
Cinder’s story also continues in alternating chapters with Scarlet. Cinder escapes jail with the assistance of Captain Thorne who is a snarky and slightly sexist prisoner after he steals a ship. These two have such great chemistry as friends and the scenes with them together trying to hide and find answers was a joy to read.
This was a great continuation to The Lunar Chronicles. There was action, romance and mystery. All the makings for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Loved this futuristic retelling of Red Riding Hood.
Keep Calm and Read On,