Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “Even in the future, beware of the big, bad wolf… Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She is 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 about 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.”
Review: While I would never say that Scarlet underwhelmed me, I will say that I think Cinder was a much more creative re-telling of its corresponding fairy tale. Perhaps this opinion stems from the fact that I already favor the Cinderella story over Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet is also not as engaging of a heroine as Cinder is, and she falls somewhat flat comparatively. Indeed, my favorite chapters from Scarlet were the ones told from Cinder’s point of view. Many different characters throughout this second Lunar Chronicles installment describe different aspects of Scarlet’s personality (such as her hotheadedness), but I never truly felt like her actions lent themselves to her characterization. I also found that Cinder’s co-conspirator, Carswell Thorne, made for a much more interesting, funny, and enigmatic male lead than Wolf. This novel did have a sneak peak of the third book in the series, Cress. After reading the first chapter, I think Cress may bring back some of the imagination and color that was ample in Cinder but missing in Scarlet.