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.
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.
©2013 Marissa Meyer (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I have heard various re-imaginings of different fairy-tales. What Marissa Meyer is doing with the well loved stories from childhood is something special. She weaves it together in such a clever way that one might think it should never have been separated.
Don't get me wrong, the Lunar Chronicles is not a strict retelling of the classics. It is the tales stripped down to the bare minimum and woven into a post-apocalyptic futuristic setting (after the fourth World War) in which both the earth and the moon are inhabited by the human race. However, there are significant differences between the "earthens" and the "lunars". The lunars have evolved into a sub-species with some special abilities, part of which is interfering with the bio-energetic fields of other "earthens" Like in the classic fairy-tales seeing is not always believing, but in a more sinister way.
The classic fairy-tales are used by Meyer to tell the story of princes Selene, a dethroned cyborg princess, who only after realising who she is, must decide if she will take up her inherited role thus fighting of the lunar threat of Levana, the dictator queen of Luna (the moon). Marissa Meyer blends Sci-Fi, Fantasy and classic fairy-tales into something that might have an equivalent in DC Comic's Fables.
There is enough elements from the fairy-tales, to expect that the story-line will reflect the pace, plot and intrigue of the "original" tales, but also enough new elements to keep you guessing. I caught myself comparing the Scarlet constantly to the classical Red Riding Hood.
Yet, in some ways the Red Riding Hood you will meet is more like Sookie Stackhouse in the beginning than the "innocent" little girl in tamed versions of the story. (I would not be surprised if "True Blood" inspired Meyer's version of the lovely girl with the red cape.)
I thought the way Scarlet linked to the previous book in the Lunar Chronicles was cleverly done. When Meyer foreshadows something, so far in the series, you must take it just as serious as when George R.R. Martin is doing it. (I hope this technique does not become so predictable as the later works of Trudi Canavan.) Currently this is where the most entertainment value lies in this story. The foreshadowing is cleverly thought through. In the Lunar Chronicles that which is, is not what is seems to be... For me, this is the stuff of real fairy-tales and this is where the power of the story lies thus far.
Rebecca Soler's reading is superb. She has the ability of changing her voice to create a mind picture of what she is narrating, though her accent is clearly American. She brings the characters to life in very convincing ways.
This series might do for fairy-tales what Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series did for vampires. It might recast them in the mind of Global Culture so that one cannot talk about the subject matter without referring to it. The story might be focused on adolescents, but is entertaining enough to entrance everyone. Thus far, I am enjoying Marissa Meyer's refreshing take on some of the classic fairy-tales.
This book meet higher than my expectations. My fav part was wolf trying to open the can of tomatoes with a meat tenderizer 😹I died laughing. The narrator was amazing I loved how she added the correct ascents to the different people.😃.
It took a while for me to get into the story line with the new characters but in the end it hooked me back in!! Stick to it even if you might get confused bc I promise it will all pay off. Can't wait to start the next one!
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
I have to admit that it's kind of ingenious the way the author has merged into very different story lines. This second book was as good as the first.
I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!
I enojoy the ability to continue to hear all the action in the story as I drive to work or do errands around town or at home
Wolf is very sympathetic, imperfect but trying to find a reason to change
very Much enjoy all the characters, The Captain, Wolf and Scarlett
On the Train
I liked Scarlet very much. Maybe not as much as Cinder, but that was probably because Cinder caught me so off guard. I expected to enjoy Scarlet, and I did. This second book in the Lunar Chronicles continues Cinder and Kai's story, in addition to a new fairy tale - Little Red Riding Hood.
Scarlet's grandmother has gone missing, and all signs point to the handsome new stranger in town. Wolf may seem like the bad guy, but Scarlet's instincts tell her to trust him, and she lets him help her in the search for grandma. Soon enough, bad things happen (thanks to the evil Queen Levana) and Cinder and Scarlet cross paths. This has all of the elements I loved in book one plus the same fantastic narration. I can't wait for the rest of the series. Which, sadly, won't be until next year.
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