Format: Kindle e-book
Length: 512 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Dystopia
Goodreads: “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.”
Hmm…where to start with this one? I really enjoyed Cinder, the first in the Lunar Chronicles series. What I enjoyed so much about it was that it had a strong, female protagonist, and she didn’t let her feelings for someone stop her from doing what she had to do to save her family and those she cared for. She even sacrificed the budding relationship that was forming between her and said someone (aka Prince Kai) to protect him from Queen Levana. Scarlet, kind of throws all of that girl power to the wind…kind of.
Cinder herself continues to stay her badass course…Scarlet however is a little too Twilight for me. Though she starts off strong she ultimately goes too far into “ignore your genetic makeup and aggression for me” territory with Wolf, and that stole my thunder a bit.
The biggest reason I loved this series as much as I did after reading Cinder was that the romance was light, and that ultimately, the lead heroine saved herself; she wasn’t miraculously rescued by the charming love interest, she wasn’t reduced to the damsel in distress. Unfortunately for me, Scarlet played a little too much damsel in distress and a little less brave heroine.
The story remains compelling and I’m still very much interested in the rest of the series. I’m just a little less infatuated than I was with Cinder.