Summary via goodreads.com
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.
When I first heard about the sequel, I thought it would focus primarily on the new character Scarlet, which it does but it also continues the story of Cinder, who this time is aided by another new character Carswell Thorne, who is basically a younger version of Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who/Torchwood; who also THANK GOD, is not a suitor for Cinder by an ally to her, which I appreciate Marissa Meyer of doing is not having a love triangle in the story.
Scarlet’s story begins with her trying to find her Grandmother, and in her search discovers that she may have been taken by Lunar werewolves , and is helped by one of them named Wolf. This story is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The reason why the Lunars want her grandmother is one of the conspirators who assisted Cinder when she was a baby. Like Cinder, the relationship between Wolf and Scarlet is very well handled, and while it has the cliches its still well handled.
With Kai, I like the fact that he is actually the Emperor. Usually in most stories regarding princess’, once the King and Queen are out of commission, the princess is still called princess. Here he is actually the emperor and still has to deal with not just Levana, and their wedding, but also Levana declaring war on earth. While there is not a lot of chapters dealing with Kai, I like that there is actual character development with him.
I know there is a lot of things I left out, but this book is a great follow-up to Cinder which does a good job at introducing new characters, while developing returning characters.