This will contain spoilers for those who haven’t read Cinder.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: February 5th 2013
Length:452 pages (Hardcover)
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
It’s been two weeks since Scarlet’s grand-mother disappeard, without a word, from their farm, in the small, french town Rieux. The police won’t help, so it’s time for Scarlet to take matters in her own hands and find the only person she really cares about. But how? She doesn’t know where the kidnappers took her beloved grand-mère, who they are, or what they want.
Enters Wolf, a streetfighter who claims to be able to help her. But can she trust him?
Cinder has escaped prison and her awaiting execution. To bad she accidentily helped an extra convict, called Thorne, out as well. Luckily he has a stolen space-ship in his possesion, which might get in handy.
Cinder’s escape do not please Queen Levana and to Cinder’s dismay, emperor Kai will be the one to suffer.
Will Cinder and Thorne get away and will Cinder find out how to stop the approaching war?
First of all, A+ on the cover. It captures the fairytale-tone of the story perfectly :). I love the red and the flow of her coat. Lovely!
Moving on. :)
I have to admit that I’m not always a fan of re-tellings. Especially not the ones that are almost exact copies of the original story, just set today.
The Lunar chronicles, however, is different. Meyer has taken the original stories, ripped them apart, picked out the interesting things, and then twisted them into something amazing and new. When you read the books, you can sense the old tales, but that doesn’t mean you can predict exactly what’s going to happen.
For example, Cinder has an evil stepmother, but is also a cyborg with mad mechanical-skills. Instead of her shoe, it’s her foot that tends to fall off. Oh, and she’s the lost princess of the moon.
And instead of a little girl walking around the forest with a basket, Scarlet is a kick-ass 18-year old pilot in a red hoodie, who delivers vegetables with her ship. In her search for her grand-mother, she meets a dangerous man called Wolf.
I absolutely love it.
Throughout the story, these two kick-ass girls have to struggle with their own separate problems. While Scarlet is on her rescue mission, Cinder has to decide what kind of person, and lunar in particular, she wants to be. Her newfound powers are pulling at her and to her own dismay, she actually likes it.
But they aren’t the only characters in this book…
Great news! Iko is back! She is one of my favourites, and I was really sad when Adri destroyed her in Cinder. She’s not back in the way you might think, though ;).
The relationship between Cinder and Thorne is hilarious, and I particularly liked it because there was no romance involved. A female and male character can spend time together without falling madly in love you know ;).
This doesn’t mean I didn’t adore Scarlet and Wolf :). Their relationship was exciting, sweet, and kind of heart-breaking at times. You’ll see.
By the way, when I think about it, Thorne reminds me a lot of Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who :), which is great because he’s fantastic.
In conclusion, Scarlet was just as great as I expected. It had a lot of action, amazing romance, and some awesome comic relief. Things happened constantly, and the switch of PoV was done really well :). I don’t know whose story I liked the most, which meant I kept reading with the same enthusiasm every time the PoV changed. :)
Last, but not least, here you have some of my favourite quotes:
“Murder?” His grin grew. “Thank you, but no. I started a riot on the yard.” He adjusted his collar, before adding, “We were protesting the soap.” Her confusion grew, and Thorne noticed that she was still in her defensive stance. “The soap,” he said again, wondering if she’d heard him. “It’s too drying.” She said nothing. “I have sensible skin.”
“Let me guess,” Thorne said. “Breaking and entering?” After a long silence of examining the retracting mechanism, the girl wrinkled her nose. “Two counts of treason, if you must know. And resisting arrest, and unlawful use of bioelectricity. Oh, and illegal imigration, but honestly, i think that’s a little excessive.” He squintedat the back of her head, a twitch developing in his left eye. “How old are you?” “Sixteen”
“There was a time when she housled a twelwe-man crew,” Thorne said, petting her hull. “Should be plenty of room for avoiding each other then”
“When you greeted me with a gun on your doorstep,” he said, “it’s nice to know you meant it.”
“They do realize I’m missing, don’t they?” “Maybe they’re grateful,” Cinder muttered.”
“Cinder has a bit of a crush on him,” Thorne stage-whispered. “Don’t we all?” said Iko”