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
I am a huge fan, even though I am not usually drawn to science fiction. This book and so far this series has kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend.
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.
Mostly read business books and YA sci-fi fluff, but I love everything in between too.
Other reviewers complained about the narrator's voice but Soler's performance was brilliant. Her voice was charming, adorable, spirited, and at turns, foreboding and sinister. She created an environment I could sink into and make me forget I was listening to a book. I gulped up this title in one day because of her talent and because of the engaging plot line. After reading Cinder I was loath to start the second book fearing that I would not get to hear enough about my beloved Cinder and, and that I would not be interested in the new character, Scarlet. But my fears on both counts were unfounded. Cinder's tale continues to dominate in this second book and Scarlet is strong, brave, and lovable. Highly recommend.
I pretty much inhaled this book. lol. I just love this series. I didn't like it at first but Cinder and her rag-tag gang of friends she collects grew on me.
I had no problems with the addition of Wolf and Scarlet-it was another twist on an old favorite (little red riding hood and the wolf) while keeping up with our beloved Cinder. Fell in love with these two just as much as Cinder. And just towards the end of the book we see that Rapunzel is going to play a part in book 3 as Cress which is a fun mash up of different classic story characters.
I enjoyed the first book in the series.
The introduction of a new female lead character was interesting, though I didn't feel as though I got to know Scarlet as well as Cinder.
Rebecca Soler's performance was the worst thing about the audio book. Her French accent is terrible and inconsistent. I am going to read the third installment of the trilogy instead of listen.
I think this trilogy would make a great movie.
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