Readers enthralled by Cinder’s story will be mesmerized by the tale of Scarlet, a strong-willed and devoted young lady who sports a red hoodie. Our heroine lives in a world far removed from the Eastern Commonwealth that Cinder called home: a thriving produce farm in the French countryside. Scarlet is in a quandary: her grandmother, former lunar pilot Michelle Benoit, has not been seen for two weeks. As the police do not take the elderly lady’s disappearance seriously, the young woman takes it upon herself to discover her grandmother’s whereabouts. Enter a mysterious young street fighter named Wolf, who appears to know something about Grand-mere’s disappearance and those who have abducted her. Although Scarlet is not sure she can trust him, she joins forces with the stranger. As the pair travels in search of her grandmother, Scarlet learns about the elderly lady’s adventurous past. What’s more, the heroine discovers a link between that past and Linh Cinder, the young woman who has escaped from prison and is the object of an intensive manhunt.
The scene now shifts to Cinder, who has learned that she is Princess Selene, the rightful heir to the Lunar throne (and who supposedly died years before). The young cyborg is also aware of the connection with Michelle Benoit, and enlists the help of charismatic fellow escapee Carswell Thorne in her quest to find the retired pilot.
Meanwhile, back at the castle, newly-crowned Emperor Kaito is making the transition from prince to monarch as he struggles to deal with the threats to his nation and the world. Not the least of the challenges he faces are the matter of Queen Levana and how to defuse the growing tension between their kingdoms. As the Lunar monarch exerts greater control over Earth, and puts the pressure on the Eastern Commonwealth to find Cinder and remove a threat to her reign, Kai makes an agonizing decision that he hopes will restore peace to the planet.
As the narrative alternates between the stories of Cinder and Scarlet, and the young heroines meet, their intertwined stories and shared goals will keep readers turning the pages–and at the edge of their seats. The added layers that Scarlet and Wolf bring to the multi-faceted series will have readers eagerly anticipating the continuation of the adventures of this diverse group of reluctant heroes.
Flying high above the earth in her isolated satellite, Cress’ only contacts with the human world are her netscreens and the Lunar official she calls Mistress. Confined to this space since childhood, the teen has honed her computer skills to the extent that she is a first-class hacker. Cress is coerced into using this talent to serve Queen Levana’s purposes, including making it possible for Lunar vessels to fly to Earth undetected. To her horror, she discovers that these ships carried ruthless killers responsible for the deaths of 16,000 Earthens. And now Mistress Sybil expects her to locate Linh Cinder, the person Cress has been trying to contact in the hopes of thwarting Queen Levana’s evil plans for world domination.
When Cinder finally communicates with the exiled girl, she and her companions attempt a daring rescue. While their endeavors earn Cress her long-hoped-for liberation, it comes at a price. Separated, the freedom fighters must find a way to reunite and prevent Emperor Kai from going through with a marriage alliance with the Lunar monarch. Privy to the knowledge of Levana’s true intentions (murder the young ruler and usurp his throne as the next step in conquering Earth), the group devises an ingenious plan. Can they succeed in making sure the ill-fated marriage never takes place?
Marissa Meyer’s third novel in the blockbuster Lunar Chronicles ratchets the tension to new levels. As Cinder and her companions make discoveries about themselves and each other, they find themselves poised to not only save Earth but bring down an invincible monarchy. The imaginative blend of traditional fairy tales and science fiction is sheer genius. Readers are sure to impatiently await the publication of Fairest, the next chapter in the saga.
Published by Feiwel & Friends in 2013 and 2014