In this sequel to Cinder, we pick up where we left off with Cinder being held in the Eastern Commonwealth’s jail as Queen Levana’s prisoner. She knows she must escape, and her newfound Lunar glamour will be more than helpful in her escape. In the meantime, we jump to Rieux, France, where Scarlet Beniot is struggling to keep her grandmother’s farm and produce deliveries on track since her grandmother disappeared two weeks ago. The police have given up, chalking her up as a runaway, but Scarlet knows her grandmother better than that. She would never leave Scarlet without at least saying goodbye. Just as Scarlet determines to find her grandmother, she meets Wolf. She is drawn to him, but he clearly holds some dark secrets; he may just know more about her grandmother’s disappearance.
This book met my expectations, for the most part. I was disappointed initially with the time spent on developing the Scarlet/France plot line. I had expected the introduction of a new character, but I didn’t anticipate how much time would be spent solely on Scarlet. I just wanted to know what Cinder was doing. Having spent the entirety of the previous book getting to know Cinder, I didn’t feel equally invested in both Cinder’s and Scarlet’s stories. However, after a while I began to care about Scarlet too. I am still left wanting Cinder’s story to cover more ground than it did, but I suppose that is the point considering there are two more books slated for the series.
Rated: Mild. Any objectionable content in this book is not very detailed. There are only a couple of instances of mild language. The instances of violence are not descriptive; they describe more big-picture events (widespread death and chaos) as opposed to graphically outlining specific acts of violence. There are a couple of kissing scenes. Only one of them is intense. It takes place in a dungeon and mentions tongue, but only in the context of a key being passed between the smoochers.