Note: This post reviews the second book of The Lunar Chronicles. You may like to read the first book in the series, Cinder, before reading this review.
Adding to the story of our heroine from the first book, Scarlet is thrown into a mystery after her grandmother unexpectedly disappears. Scarlet knows her grandmother was kidnapped, even though the case has been dismissed as a runaway, or even a suicide. Determined to find her grandmother and find out what is going on, Scarlet warily sets off with Wolf, a rough street fighter who is the only one who knows anything about her grandmother – and the people who kidnapped her. Thus, we have our next fairytale retelling in this series: Little Red Riding Hood.
Scarlet and Wolf have an undeniable connection from their first meeting, even though Scarlet has reason to distrust him. As their relationship progresses, she learns that Wolf is not who he says he is, and not what he seems. Even so, Scarlet is more and more drawn to him, dark side and all.
The other portion of the book follows up with Cinder, the cyborg Cinderella who was revealed in book one to be none other than the missing lunar princess. On the run from evil Queen Levana, her aunt who wants her dead, Cinder roams the galaxy as she pieces together the truth about her past. Having only just learned that she is Princess Selene, she has no idea what to do from here. She wants to help Kai, who does not know who she really is, but she does not have the confidence to stand up to Levana – yet.
Will Scarlet find her grandmother and learn why she was kidnapped in the first place? Will Wolf prove his loyalty to Scarlet, or will his past continue to haunt him? Will Cinder embrace her destiny and face her enemies, or will she continue to stay in hiding? These unknowns kept me engaged in the story from start to finish, and had me turning page after page to see what happens to these characters we have already come to love. Some of our questions are answered in this book, and others in the next book, Cress.
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