Meyer’s second Lunar Chronicles title meets the high expectations set by her first offering, Cinder. Her characters are unmatched, the plot unbeatable. Cinder continues to be the highlight as she shares the spotlight — and POV — with Scarlet, and readers will always look forward to Cinder’s plotline. The disappointment here is the missing romance between Cinder and Kai, a void left unfulfilled by Scarlet and Wolf’s relatively flat relationship.
Cinder must choose: Stay in prison, awaiting her execution or escape, becoming the world’s most wanted fugitive. In another country, farm girl Scarlet is searching for her grandmother. She’s joined by a mysterious newcomer and street fighter, Wolf. Their path eventually intersects with Cinder’s, and the trio must avoid the Lunar Queen, who has made finding Cinder a priority only second to marrying — and then murdering — Prince Kai. (FEIWEL AND FRIENDS, Feb., 452 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780312642969, HC, 12 & Up)