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.
Unless Winter just knocks my socks off, this is still my favorite of the series. I love Scarlet and Wolf’s dynamic, I love Scarlet, I love Wolf, I love the play on the Red Riding Hood tale, and I love the development of the overarching story of this series. There is just a whole lot of love here.
I will say though, it took me a little longer to fall under Scarlet’s spell this read than the first time. She is so solitarily focused and quick to let her emotions lead her down a path without thinking it through. However, she knows all of this about herself and that acknowledgement had me on board again pretty quickly. Wolf is such a dynamic and interesting character and I think you will be hard pressed to find anyone in this fandom who does not love him. I really like how he is portrayed both as the evil wolf and the savior woodsman – we see him fight himself as he changes paths and develops so much, one of the best character arcs of the series in my opinion.
I really appreciate Wolf and Scarlet’s relationship as well, though it is one of the hastiest of the series – and boarders on instalove – they have one of the most difficult as well. They have to actively work on their relationship in order to make it work after everything they have been through together, which I think makes this one feel the most real out of all the others.
As opposed to the first time I read this, I liked the segments that focused on Cinder. After getting to know her better with my reread of Cinder I understand her better, and so I didn’t hate these segues like I did the first time through this installment. I thought the way she and Scarlet’s paths came together, the developing relationship between she and Thorne, and the additional knowledge she picks up really illustrates the effortless weaving of so many elements Meyer has been able to achieve with this series.