Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The second book in the Lunar Chronicles continues the story of Cinder, who is now imprisoned waiting to be taken to Luna. It is also the story of Scarlet, a newly introduced character, whose grandmother is missing. Scarlet refuses to give up on her grandmother, though no one is willing to help her. Eventually, she meets Wolf, a street fighter, who is willing to take her to where her grandmother is being held. Along the way, the stories of the two girls draw closer and closer together as the ties between them are clarified. The book rings with action and adventure, the echo of spaceships, and the wonder of mental Lunar abilities. Identities are revealed, friendships are forged, and one is left breathlessly waiting for book three.
Meyer writes an amazing tale. Her pacing is just right, lingering at moments that readers want to never end and rushing headlong into the action. The result is a riveting read, where the author has also created a world that is believable and intriguing. Her characterization is also strong, with now two incredible female protagonists. Perhaps best of all is that you can rely on Meyer to not have men rescue her heroines, in fact they are much more likely to be the ones rescuing the men.
So many series succumb to the sophomore slump, but this book is just as wild, riveting and immensely readable as the first. Appropriate for ages 15-18.
Reviewed from copy received from Feiwel and Friends.