by Marissa Meyer

5 out of 5

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.

Cinder has to break out of prison and escape capture from Lunars and her countrymen alike; whilst trying to find the one person that might help shed light on who she is.
Meanwhile Scarlet has to find who kidnapped her grandmother and why. Along the way she has to decide whether or not to trust her new and mysterious companion, Wolf.

This is the second of The Lunar Chronicles series. The first book was a pretty fun cyborg version of Cinderella; and you'll never guess what this- oh, you guessed. 
Yes, this time it's Red Riding Hood.
Set in futuristic France.
Where granny is an ex-military flyer-turned-farmer.
And the wolves are a gang playing a big game.

I loved this, it was fun. It was just as creative as the last book, and possibly even stronger.
It is split almost-equally between our two heroines - Cinder takes a bit of a back seat to Scarlet in this one, which I liked because all Cinder was doing for the majority was escaping and hiding. Whereas Scarlet had the much more exciting adventure.

The plot builds on the first book, there is a race to find the lost Lunar princess, and to discover what information Scarlet's grandmother could possibly have.
There were a few more surprises in this one, that actually managed to surprise me! (That sentence makes sense when you keep in mind that every plot twist was obvious in the last book)

The new characters (and new versions of old characters) are all interesting and likeable and move the story along.

I don't really know what else to say! There's something light and enjoyable about these books, even though it is about a world on the verge of war.
Next one please.

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