Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: February 2013
Two Sentence Synopsis: Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and she vows to find out what happened to her. Cinder needs to escape from prison and gets help from an American prisoner who has a conveniently hidden ship in storage.
Review: Marissa Meyer continues to build a compelling cast in her second book of the Lunar Chronicles series. Each character begins interesting and develops in a believable way. Probably my favourite character development so far is Cinder’s. She just learned her true identity and struggles with it. With her newfound power of being able to control bioelectricity, like most other Lunars, she fears that she is becoming manipulative like the Queen and her followers. It shows a deep complexity to her character.
Another character I really enjoy is “Captain” Carswell Thorne. He’s introduced as a not overly intelligent and quite full of himself, but it quickly becomes more of a comical trait than an annoying one. He’s goofy and overly confident, but takes things in stride and isn’t all that bad of a person, despite deserting the American army and stealing a ship.
Scarlet and Wolf bring two more characters to the ragtag group. Scarlet is the granddaughter of the woman Cinder is looking for. Wolf is a massive, mysterious man covered in scars with a cryptic tattoo. The two of them met in Scarlet’s small town and Wolf goes with Scarlet to help her find her grandmother.
This book is full of so much. Suspense, action, comic relief. It’s difficult to describe the up and down of emotions I experienced while reading it.