Published: Feb. 2013
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Genre: YA Dystopia
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 the beginning I was entrapped in Meyer's world and I realized I really liked what she'd built. As the story progressed I found myself putting the book down more and more. The relationship between Wolf and Scarlet was predictable and sometimes boring. I kept waiting for something to take me off guard...and it didn't...at first.
Once I trudged my way through the middle I thought I might have to give this a three or four star rating and then the ending hit. By hit, I mean sucker-punched.
Suddenly, I'm bombed by action, a highly anticipated meeting, a horrifying conclusion and a great lead into the next book that wasn't a cliff-hanger...ish. I found that I'd really invested myself in Cinder's story. Scarlet, though a fabulous character, wasn't as interesting but she certainly kept my attention at the end. I liked Scarlet's personality more than Cinder's but I think the journey to find her grandmother left me jaded. The writing is smooth and sometimes funny. I think Thorne could have his own book.
I find, even now, I'm excited to find out what happens. I'm rooting for so many characters, even Thorne who's hilarious and charming. There's plenty of action (at the end), a great climax and a love story to keep readers entertained. I'll be getting Cress in the near future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.
CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.
Author Links: Website | Twitter @marissa_meyer | Goodreads