Let me just start with, I did not enjoy this as much as Cinder. The first half of the book was agonizingly boring, and even though things pick up during the second half, it still was not enough to salvage this read for me. Cinder whines so much during this book that it made me question why I liked her so much in the first book.
The things I liked:
We have a new cast of characters that are introduced. There is one of my favorite characters from this installment and Cinder’s accomplice, Thorne. He’s hilarious, charming, and very roguish. I’m guessing he’s our Captain Hook in this fairy tale retelling set in a sci-fi world. I’m really hoping we see more of him in Cress, which I believe is the next book in the series.
I found the plot line revolving around the Lunar army and the genetic engineering very interesting. I thought the kidnapping of the boys from their families at a young age was reminiscent of The SS during WWII. The experiments revolving the genetic engineering also reminded me of the Nazi medical experiments on their prisoners (including children) that took place during WWII.
Things I didn’t like:
I thought Scarlet would be my favorite character, and I really liked her “take no bullshit” attitude in the beginning. However, her decisions regarding Wolf, as the story progresses, completely confused the hell out of me. He is obviously not trustworthy and she acknowledges this by being cautious around him. Then all of sudden trusts him to lead her to her Grandmother and starts to develop an infatuation over him. I didn’t get it.
I mentioned earlier that I have issues with Cinder in this installment of the series. In the first book Cinder took her fate into her own hands and despite the danger runs to Kai to warn him about Levana. Granted things happened to Cinder because of that situation that would make a girl hesitate to throw herself into danger again. So I expected a certain level of second-guessing on Cinder’s part. I just didn’t anticipate that Cinder would do the whole “why me” pity party through the whole book. It isn’t until the end that we see that same admirable bravery and initiative that made Cinder such a badass in the first book.
I ended up rating this a 3 star read. It had some interesting parts to it, but it was not enough to make this a book I would want to read over again. It was just eh ok I guess. I’m really hoping Cress will be a better read. I’d love to see more of Thorne and please for crying out loud let Cinder put her big girl panties on and kick some ass!