Author: Marisssa Meyer
Published: February 5, 2013
Format: Audio Book
Duration: 11 hours, 19 minutes
Synopsis from Goodreads
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
I LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down, or I guess the right term would be stop listening, I found Scarlet to be so much better than Cinder which was totally unexpected. Usually, when you go into the second book in a series you're expecting it not to be as good as the first (at least I am) with Scarlet it was the opposite. I didn't want the book to finish. When I knew I was reaching the end I kept checking to see how much time was left. When it finally did end, I was so depressed!!
The story begins right where Cinder left off. Meyer goes between various view points allowing for an omnipotent feel to the book. But our main view points are from the two main characters perspective, Cinder and Scarlet, they each have their own agendas until their paths cross.
What I liked so much about Scarlet was Scarlet herself. She is just 100% bad-ass! The girl carries a gun for heavens sake! I mean, I want to be her! But don't get me wrong, she's also vulnerable and in her own way innocent. Her determination is admirable and I love that she says what's on her mind before stopping to think.
There are also a few other characters we meet in this book. Wolf, of course, you can't have a rendition of Little Red Riding Hood without the big bad wolf, but I have to admit, I fell for Wolf. I won't give any spoilers away but to say I <3 him! Then we have Thorne which is both annoying and charming, he really added a lot of laughs to this book.
Cinder (in my opinion) grew so much in this book. I really enjoyed watching her come to terms with who she is and her powers. I think she was right up there with Scarlet in the bad-ass department and I am hoping they will grow to become great friends. I was a little sad that we didn't have a whole lot of Kai and his relationship with Cinder (if there even is one of course ;)...)
Marissa Meyer is brilliant storyteller. How she has managed to take these old classic tales and spin them into the future is beyond my comprehension. Her attention to detail and ability to add so many twists and turns is impressive and I cannot wait, literally cannot wait, until the release of Cress, the next book in the series. Is it 2014 yet?