The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

eBook - 2013
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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. An NPR Best Book of 2013
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781250037633

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Mar 14, 2018

I love this book. My 3rd favorite after winter and cress. READ IT!

Jan 28, 2018

To be honest, I didn't like this book very much. It had too much violence, gore, and destruction. The book went on and on and I was tempted to stop reading. I continued on the series because I couldn't put down Cinder.

Oct 23, 2017

I felt like this book really shows how you'll do anything for someone you love, even if it may be dangerous.

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Oct 22, 2017

It didn't quite live up to Cinder's ambitious premise, but it was still a great read. I'm looking forward to Cress with great anticipation! However, the romances are still quite annoying because they're so perfect for each other and they can't see it and . . . anyway, it's awesome. Great reads!

Aug 26, 2017

I LOVE this book. Scarlet and Wolf are my OTP. I love how Scarlet loves Wolf dispite his genetic alterations. I also love the book, I love this much more than Cinder. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed Cinder a lot too.

Jul 20, 2017

Oh my goodness, I freaking LOVED this book. It was so much better than Cinder- the storyline was faster paced, and more characters were introduced. Scarlet's and Wolf's stories merged so seamlessly with Cinder's that their presence never felt shoehorned in or unnecessary. There are several storylines happening at once, and Meyer jumps back and forth between them with ease- the reader is never confused as to what's going on.
All of the female characters in this series so far are strong ones- everyone from Scarlet's grandmother to the queen herself are empowered, brave, strong and self-sufficient. Scarlet does rely on Wolf, but she is highly capable in her own right. The romance between the two is believable and sweet (and I can't wait to see it continue in the next two books!)
I tend to really enjoy fairy tale retellings, and this series is no different. I love seeing the classic stories turned on their heads and given a new refreshing twist. Seeing as how I finished this book in 6 days, I might just have to dive right into the next one.

sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
For whatever reason, this is my least favorite of the Lunar Chronicles. Maybe it’s just because it *verges* on a supernatural romance, and I have certain prejudices in that category. Maybe it’s because Scarlet is closer to the stereotypically angry, rebellious teenage protagonist common in YA. Maybe it’s because it felt a little far removed from the plot of Cinder. Whatever it was, it’s still a wonderful book with a fun new couple and intriguing developments in the series plot, and worth churning through to get to the next installment.

Jul 05, 2017

Great book! I loved the new characters. This book definitely left me hungry for more!

Jun 16, 2017

I didn't like this one as much as I liked some of the other stories in the series, it was good and I definitely enjoyed it but I think it moved a little slow maybe. Even saying this though I would read it again in heartbeat.

May 15, 2017

Not as good as Cinder, but still a great read.

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Feb 22, 2016

I realized I would rather DIE... Because I betray them... Than live... Because I betray... YOU

Aug 22, 2015

“Her mind emptied of everything but the gusting wind and how fragile Wolf looked in that heartbeat, like one movement could break him open.”

Aug 22, 2015

“She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.”

Aug 22, 2015

“I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”

Aug 22, 2015

“I lied to you about a lot of things....but I meant every apology.”

Aug 22, 2015

“We met less than a week ago and in that time I've done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance...all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I'm able.”

Jul 02, 2015

“I know what it's like when you can't get no one to listen to you. When what you say don't matter. I half think every girl knows what it's like to be silenced.”

Jul 20, 2014

After a long silence of examining the retracting mechanism, the girl wrinkled her nose. "Two counts of treason, if you must know. And resisting arrest, and unlawful use of bioelectricity. Oh, and illegal immigration, but honestly, I think that's a little excessive." -Scarlet

Karun Joseph Jul 18, 2014

“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”

- Scarlet

Jun 10, 2014

"And then I'll stop hiding."
~ Cinder

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cmlibrary_jcurrie Mar 13, 2018

Cinder has been captured and has been imprisoned by Queen Levana, she has also learned that she is Princess Selene, the true successor to the throne. Levana tried to have Selene killed several years ago but she survived the attack and was hidden on Earth away from Levana. Cinder escapes from prison with Captain Thorne and they use his hidden ship to get away from their captors. Cinder knows that she must find a way to stop Prince Kai from marrying Queen Levana. Meanwhile, Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing and the police are no help in finding her. She meets a tough, street-fighter named Wolf and enlists his help in searching for her grandmother. While Scarlet and Wolf are on their way to where her grandmother is being held prisoner, Levana has released beast-like creatures that are roaming the streets and killing large numbers of people. Cinder and Captain Thorne go to France to look for Scarlet’s grandmother when they learn that she was part of the team that saved Princess Selene and brought her to Earth. Here they meet Scarlet and Wolf and come together to fight against Queen Levana.

Aug 22, 2015

A new character, Scarlet Benoit, is introduced in the first few pages. While she desperately searches for her missing grandmother, Cinder is busy escaping from New Beijing’s prison. Plot twist after plot twist cause Scarlet and Cinder’s paths to surprisingly cross.


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Jun 10, 2014

Violence: Fighting.

Jun 10, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: EXTREMELY gory scenes.

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