DISCLAIMER: This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. It may contain spoilers. So, spoiler warning for everything past this point! Read at your own risk!
Started: September 23, 2016
Finished: October 18, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
I really wish I could have gotten this book done faster.
I loved Cinder when I read it earlier in September, and I picked this one up pretty much immediately after so I could read it.
I’m a little disappointed in this one compared to Cinder.
Cinder was such a quick read for me because I was completely immersed in the world, and the characters were spectacular. In this one, I wasn’t as completely enthralled with the story. The plot seemed a little convoluted (maybe that’s just because it’s the second book in a series and it has to establish the plot for the other books), and the characters seemed a little lackluster.
For me, this plot was confusing. It took me forever to get through it because it just wasn’t catching my attention, and what did catch my attention was confusing. I wish it had been a little easier to understand so that I could get a little more excited about reading it.
The story wasn’t that exciting to me. It seemed very basic and filler, and I found myself more interested in Cinder and Thorne’s plotline than Scarlet and Wolf’s plotline. This book definitely just seemed like it was there to progress the plot from Cinder to the next book Cress. I’m excited to read Cress so that maybe the plot can start feeling a bit more action-filled again.
These characters didn’t really help the plot, except for one.
Scarlet and Wolf were very basic characters to me, and in Scarlet’s case, just plain unlikable. I didn’t like Scarlet. I didn’t like their chapters, and I found myself constantly just trying to get through them to get back to Cinder and Thorne. Wolf was more likable, but I don’t really feel any great connection to him either.
The best part of this book is by far Carswell Thorne. I loved him, I loved everything about him. He’s exactly my type of character, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in the next two books.
Overall, Scarlet just wasn’t my cup of tea like Cinder was, but it’s not going to stop me from reading the rest of the series. I plan to pick up Cress as soon as I can make it to a bookstore!
NEXT READ: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski