I devoured this book. Once more, I liked how well this retelling was made. Just the right amount of symbolism and likeness with the fairy tale, properly blended within the modern scenarios and characters. This book is narrated as two parallel stories that eventually meet. On one side we have Cinder, picking up from where we left in the previous book, and on the other side we have Scarlet’s story. Same timeline, different cities. At first, I felt that the switch between stories happened too early: just when I was getting in the mood with one of them, it changed to the other one, but as the story progresses the pace gets better and better.
Cinder is now trying to survive and figure out one thing at a time. The poor thing didn’t even have customers in her booth one book ago and now she is in the eye of the storm, trying to scape with her new friend -not- Captain Thorne. At this point I feel like he is the comic relief, along with Iko. I got Hans Solo and Chewbacca vibes with those two, even tho Iko doesn’t really fit the chewbacca role and she would probably hate me because I just compared her to a hairy creature hahaha!. Thorne fits Hans Solo’s style; he is a funny, sarcastic and flirtatious guy who “borrowed”(stole) a spaceship that he truly cherishes.
On the other side we have our second couple: Scarlet and Wolf. Their relationship is fast peaced, bumpy and more physical than with our previous couple. I would agree with Iko on this one (refer to quote below). He fits the idea of a “Wolf”: strong, hunter, protective, aggressive and restless. Because of the fairy tale, I kept wondering if he would become a villain, kill someone or what. Their story takes place in France and revolves around the disappearance of Scarlet’s grandmother and the quest to find her.
“Scarlet and Wolf are saying gushy things in the galley,” Iko said. “Normally I like gushy things, but its different when its real people. I prefer the net dramas.”
― Marissa Meyer,
Scarlet and Cinder are great heroines; daring, brave and independent. As for the boys, is it just me, or is Kai the damsel in distress of the story? I feel like he is the most helpless and in need of rescue from them all. Wolf is the strong type and Thorne, the irresistible teaser.
I loved the mystery, action scenes and how their stories are woven together. Nothing here feels forced and the plot keeps getting thicker and thicker. While writing this review, I’m already half-way reading Cress; the third book of the series. I don’t think it is too early to say these have been my best YA reads of 2017.