Publication Date: 02/05/2013
My Rating: 5/5--Excellent! Loved it!
Plot in One Word: Red Riding Hood
Good if...you want a totally unique retelling!
Okay, in CINDER we saw the corporation of all the classic elements of the Cinderella fairy-tale made into a sci-fi, futurist retelling. And I loved book #1! In case you don't know the basic plot, Cinder is a cyborg (part human, part robot), a 2nd-class citizen in her world, she has a crush on Prince Kai, she's got the evil lunar queen who wants her dead, and currently--at the end of novel #1--we find her locked away in a prison after crashing the royal ball.
Book #2 opens with a brand new character--Scarlet. At first I was confused and annoyed by her introduction All I wanted was more of Cinder. So, who cares about some random girl named Scarlet? But--after a few pages--I quickly warmed to Scarlet. Scarlet--whose grandmother recently went missing and who wears a red hoodie--soon meets Wolf--a street fighter who may or may not know something about her grandmother's disappearance. Sound familiar? Red Riding Hood? SO how does this story line tie to Cinder? It does, trust me...eventually. Anyway, the story continues alternating between Scarlet, Cinder, and occasionally Prince Kai's POV. It's a lot of different story lines, but together they work flawlessly.
And I loved it!! Better than book #1! The introduction of all the new characters was perfect. Scarlet, Wolf, and the Captain were all great additions. They kept the story fresh and turned CINDER--a pretty good book on it's own--into something great! In this novel the stakes are higher, the action constant, and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next novel :)
Bottom line: Buy it! Be sure to read CINDER first though!