My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Scarlet's grandma is the ultimate cool old lady, just sayin'.
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling 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.I'm so torn about this book. On one hand, so much was cliche. Thorne is your classic Han Solo type--apparently he's going to be Flynn in the Rapunzel retelling. Ugh. I like Flynn much more than Thorne. Also, half the diologue was forced, cheesy, and redundant. The other half was awesome though! There's some really good banter within the couples (Scarlet + Wolf and Cinder + Thorne, even though theirs isn't romantic).
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.
|She's supposed to stay hidden!|
And Kai...oh Kai. He made an awful decision at the end which cannot possibly fix anything. He's only putting off a larger war, instead of a sooner, probably easier World War 5 that won't end in the imminent destruction of every country like what he's advancing toward now. Gah. :P He is in a hard place though, and when his POV started I was like, "No! My baby!" Poor Kai.
|I really hope Kai doesn't have facial hair. That would destroy my image of him.|
By the way, I absolutely recommend the audio book version--I've always had good luck with narrators, and Rebecca Soler's voice was no exception.
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Violence: B or C