Ever since I read Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, they have been my main priority for reading. Picking up from the cliffhanger of the first one, cyborg and lunar Cinder has become the most famous girl on the planet and there has been a handful of controversy ever since the events from the ball. Dr. Erland suggested that she come to Africa to practice her skills in order to take down the menacing Queen Levana, but there's an elder named Michelle Benoit from Rieux, France, that she thinks knows something about her. Michelle Benoit has a granddaughter named Scarlet, who works impatiently at a rural restaurant. Her grandmother has been missing for weeks and weeks and everybody thinks she's just crazy and there's no need to find her. Meanwhile, her dad sometimes comes around in a humungous panic looking for something valuable that may have something to do with the legendary Princess Selene. Not only that, but the queen of Luna has waged full war on Earth for not meeting her demands. Sheesh, if you ask me, but that's just what YA books are all about. Then Scarlet meets a young man with a significant tattoo and with a significant name that I actually giggled about who may know something about the disappearance of her grandmother. Scarlet doesn't really have anything left to lose.
If you ask me, during the parts where her grandmother is in the picture during a flashback, she doesn't seem like the guardian angel Scarlet promises, but I could still believe their relationship because one time, a backpack got stolen from my locker and I had a plan to retrieve it, or at least a commitment, and the people who I thought were on my side betrayed me. It's a long story, but the point is, when everyone doesn't think of the disappearance of Scarlet's grandmother as important and she can't do anything about it, you can really start to have a subliminal message that it's their fault.
Something worth noting is this book is a little more cluttered than the last Cinder, shifting between Cinder, Scarlet, Prince Kai and Queen Levana a few times. A long time ago, I gave 3 and a half stars to Anthony Horowitz' Evil Star, I loved the cliffhanger it brought, and then in Nightrise, it has a different point of view for the whole book and I haven't even gotten past the first chapter. It was such an F.U. to me. But the fact that Cinder's story is still in this book and mostly continues from the cliffhanger of the first book while having another interesting story without too many new characters left me reading. Surprisingly, I think that this book has more action than the last one as well. I think my favourite action scene is a tie between having to jump on a train and a chase through the meadows being surrounded by the alpha and the omega.
If you've already read Cinder and haven't read this sequel yet and are excited for the next one, you may not know what you're actually in for. The book is not without its flaws, especially the fact that I felt not much actually happened, but the action and the very conflicting romance between Scarlet and her protector helps make it just as much fairytale fun as the first one.