Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Author: Marissa Meyer
Info: Macmillan Audio, copyright 2013, 9 sound discs
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
So it maybe has taken me forever to actually finish this audiobook, but I'm definitely glad I stuck with it. Marissa's Meyer's futuristic dystopia weaves fairytales into a cool tapestry that is both exciting and romantic. Scarlet is stubborn, a girl from my own heart, and refuses to accept that nothing can be done about the disappearance of her much beloved grandmother. Cinder is also a force to be reckoned with as she develops her newly discovered Lunar powers. She's looking for answers, and she is willing to test the limits to find the truth.
Marissa Meyer has developed several strong female characters. She allows them to be women with emotions and fears, but she has endeared them with strength and courage that rivals that of the men in the book. There's a lot of story going on in book two, but she keeps separate stories lines moving well before eventually bringing them together in an exciting conclusion setting up for the third book.
The second installment is a little slow going. There's a lot of travelling that felt log, but I'm also not sure how much of that felt long because of my stretching out the listening experience. As audiobooks go, the read was excellent. Rebecca Soler created unique voices for each character and really got into the different parts. Sometimes Scarlet's French accent was a little awkward, but overall a great listen. I'm more than likely going to continue on the audiobook path for book three.
Overall, a great read. I've got my fingers crossed for a happy ending. Maybe not clean and blood free, but a girl can dream that there is a happily ever after at the end. If you're a fan of fairytale retellings, dystopias, or adventure/thrillers, check out The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.