After finishing Cinder I had to start this one right away because it was just that good! I am so glad I get to binge read this series; I have no idea how everyone waited a year for the next book to be released! This was a greatly paced, intriguing, exciting novel that brought two entirely different fairy-tale characters together in the best possible way. The characters were well developed and interesting, and I loved that we got to explore more of the world. I can’t wait to start the next one!
So Cinder is attempting to escape her prison and make her way to France to find someone who might know something about her. Meanwhile, we are introduced to Scarlet who is freaking out because her grandmother is missing and the police won’t do anything about it. Scarlet ends up meeting Wolf who assists her in finding her grandmother and a whole lot of chaos follows. Eventually, Cinder and Scarlet meet each other…
I wasn’t sure how much I would like the introduction of another character into the story. I was so interested in Cinder’s story that I didn’t want to read about anyone else. It didn’t take long however for me to become just as interested in Scarlet’s story as Cinder’s.
The plot moves at a great pace and I will most definitely say that I was interested from the very first page. There was a perfect blend of action, background information, and even humor to keep me interested in the story. So much happens in this book and I was surprised to find how well the author was able to combine these two seemingly random people into a story that actually makes sense. I wasn’t at all let down. It all fit together perfectly and made one hell of an engaging story. I did not want to put this book down, but a crying infant kept calling. 😦
Unlike the first book, I didn’t find this one to be as predictable. Since I have read the original fairy-tale I kind of had an idea how this might end, at least between Scarlet and Wolf, but I was even wrong about that!
So much more of Meyer’s world is explored in this book! I was astounded! The world is just amazing and I never want to leave! Spaceships were much more abundant in this novel than the last and there are even weird hybrid wolf/lunar warriors! OMG!
We found out a lot more about Cinder and her background. Where she came from and where she was living at the time. It was all very interesting and only connected me more to her as a character because it was all just so sad.
France is also explored in this novel, but there isn’t too much detail given so I am assuming in isn’t much different than the France we already know. The way of life just varies a bit, but that is explained enough. I loved that the author took us somewhere else and allowed us to explore more of the world. Next, I would love to see more of Luna because that tidbit at the end just wasn’t enough.
The only thing I wish is that everything would have been described in a bit more detail, not too much more, though.
I just love Cinder and even more so in this book I think. I love her struggle with her new powers! Trying to only use them for good or not at all is very difficult for her because she just feels so good when she uses them. She doesn’t want to be at all like Queen Levana. Her new hand is awesome too! I love it!
I am glad that she finally made the right decision towards the end of the book and look forward to her training in the next. I can’t wait to see how much she develops. She is already such a strong, determined character, but not without her flaws. Cinder is such a great character…omg I cannot get enough of her!
Scarlet is the newest character and I wasn’t sure if I liked her or not. After finishing the book I can say that I do like her quite a bit. She is another strong female character and she can be pretty bad-ass. She also drives spaceships! How cool is that!? Scarlet also isn’t one to judge unless she has all the facts and I really like that about her. After seeing Cinder on the news she doesn’t criticize her like everyone else does, but stands up for her instead.
“I just think we shouldn’t judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know.”–Scarlet
I actually love Wolf as well because his personality is so interesting, especially before we really know who he is. I adored the struggle he was having trying to follow his master, but not wanting to because of his love for Scarlet. So romantic! And trying to hold his natural instincts back in order not to frighten Scarlet was extremely difficult for him. Finding out what he is exactly, makes him even more intriguing and I look forward to learning more about him in the following books.
“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” –Wolf
The other character I really enjoyed in this book is Captain Thorne. He ends up breaking out of prison with Cinder and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him. I actually found him to be very entertaining and very much enjoyed his personality. He is hilarious!
Iko! Oh, I love Iko! She is such a great character, especially for an android! She was a bit shocked when she found out about her new body. LOL. Hilarious! I just love her personality…so sweet, funny, and just so darn cute.
I also want to mention that I feel so sorry for Kai and I just want him to find out who Cinder actually is! I can’t stand them being apart! 😦
Also, I hate Queen Levana….she is so horrible and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. I am looking forward to seeing a different side to her, though. A good villain isn’t entirely evil, so I hope there is more to her than what I have seen in these first two books.
The writing was as spectacular as it was in the first book. Everything flowed well, made sense, and the dialogue was perfect, never felt forced.
The cover is fantastic! I love the design, the illustration, everything! Of course, the title makes perfect sense as well! The only downside is that this is not labeled anywhere as the second book in the series, just that it is part of the Lunar Chronicles.