The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

For Marissa Meyer's second installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, she imagines Little Red Riding Hood set in the distant future. And yes, there is a big, bad Wolf.

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns. 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: Macmillan Audio


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Feb 18, 2019

I'm not usually a steampunk fan, but I love this retelling

Nov 09, 2018

What's not to like in the futuristic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad Wolf. In this story, Scarlet is fearless and Wolf is bad but...not that bad in the end as the alpha Wolf, and the alpha female Scarlet, develop feelings for each other. Of course, this is just a side story to the continuing main story of Cinder's escape - from Queen Levana - and search for answers to her past and future.

Sep 14, 2018

This novel depicts a girl named Scarlet whose grandmother was kidnapped by a gang. She was taken to Paris, and Scarlet must go and rescue her with the help of her companion, Wolf. Wolf was formerly in the gang that kidnapped Scarlet's grandmother, but he decided to leave. The story outlines how Scarlet is trying to save her grandmother and all the encounters she has as she dies this. I was intrigued by how much Scarlet cared and valued for her family. she was going to risk everything she had to get her grandmother back, and I found the ending sad because of this. Although a good book, I found it to be a little slow at times, wishing that it would pick up the pace a little bit. I would recommend this book to anyone in between the ages of 12-16, or anyone who likes fairytales. 4 / 5
@the_narrator of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This is such an awesome book. In my opinion, it may have even been better than the first one. There was a lot more characterization in this book and you got to better understand each character and their decisions. In this book, you get to love Cinder even more. I read this book a week after finishing Cinder and I could not put this book down even for a second. Just like the first book, the plot in this book was amazing as well. Another major thing I liked about this book was that I did not know what to expect, so the element of surprise was very real. I would recommend this book to people of all ages, however, I think girls may enjoy it more. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
@terrificbooklover of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

After reading Cinder, I was worried that her story would end and I was afraid of reading it. But Marissa Meyer found a way to switch between characters, and incorporate the new character into the world. I did enjoy the story of Cinder and Thorne though. They had an interesting adventure and learned a lot about Cinder’s history. We as readers learned more about Kai and Queen Levana. Although, I didn’t get very interested in the new characters. With the additional book, the backstory of the characters is becoming thicker and more interesting. I enjoyed the book and hope other people will too. Rating: 3/5
@IVYBooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

May 02, 2017

Now I see that this is the 2nd of 4 books in The Lunar Chronicles. I have a long way to go without any "happily ever afters" - and maybe there won't be any - but now I must know what happens to the interesting characters. This 2nd book builds on the 1st, yet enough background is given for the reader to catch up. Cinder and Scarlet's lives mysteriously intertwine with a purpose well worth fighting for. I like the subtle references to the fairy tales (Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood). As in "Cinder," there is much struggle and not much happiness. However, I have learned to believe in the characters' abilities to overcome the unusual futuristic obstacles that get in their way.

Feb 18, 2016

I love how this series mixes classic fairy-tales with science fiction. Very intriguing and well written.

Oct 30, 2014

The author was able to beautifully re invent another fairy tale with a bad ass heroine. The book is exciting and action packed.

On the other hand, I'm starting to feel that this world that the author's created is a little more than she can chew on. A bunch of new stuff was introduced in Scarlet and while I enjoyed it, I would've liked to read more about the Lunars, this new futuristic Earth with its advanced technology and of course, the plague. It'll be tricky since she's further adding new characters in the next installmemt when we've only made a little progress in the original storyline. Nonetheless, I know I'll like the next book for its characters.

Oct 08, 2013

I didn't like the new characters at all. Wolf was just annoying and way to secretive, and Scarlet was the worst. She would overreact and jump to conclusions too easily. Also, it took forever for Cinder and everybody to meet. However, I love learning about the world of the novel and the original characters. I think the first book was better, but the second book was more exciting.

Jul 09, 2013

I love hate the new characters. Scarlet jumps from being annoying and weak to strong and sassy. It all makes sense but is disconcerting. The whole dilema in this series just got more interesting though I have no idea how they are going to get out of this now.

Jul 07, 2013

It was a difficult start; it appeared to be too dialogue heavy. I would have preferred a prologue. I did not become completely engaged until two-thirds of the way through. Meyer has crafted two stellar modernized versions of classic tales. Anxiously awaiting the third installment.

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