Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.
Gr 9 Up-In the second title (2013) in Meyer's "The Lunar Chronicles," listeners are introduced to Scarlet Benoit, a teenager in rural France whose grandmother has been missing for over two weeks. She's certain that her grandmother has been kidnapped and will do anything to find her, even place her trust in the mysterious and dangerous street fighter Wolf. Meanwhile, Linh Cinder has escaped prison in New Beijing with the help of a roguish thief named Thorne and is evading authorities in a stolen spaceship while she decides what to do about the revelation that she is really Princess Selene, the true heir to the Lunar crown. Rebecca Soler gives another solid performance of the futuristic fairy tale series. Her youthful voice is well cast to narrate the concurrent stories of the two teenagers, seamlessly navigating between the story lines. She gives Scarlet's dialogue a slight accent, helping to distinguish her from Cinder, and voices supporting characters with their own nuances. Soler's narration succeeds in conveying the plot's building tension. She fully inhabits the passionate, headstrong, and determined Scarlet, while also expressing Cinder's struggles with the tempting powers her Lunar heritage make possible and her hesitancy to lead a revolt against evil Queen Levana. Fans of Cinder (2012, both Feiwel & Friends) will be completely satisfied as action and romance abound and the stakes are even higher in this installment. Listeners will be clamoring for the next two titles in the quartet.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for the Lunar Chronicles #1 New York Times-Bestselling Series USA Today Bestseller Publishers Weekly Bestseller "An interesting mash up of fairy tales and sciencefiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, Terminator, and Star Wars."--Entertainment Weekly "Prince Charming among the cyborgs." --The Wall Street Journal "Terrific." --Los Angeles Times "Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairytalegenre." --The Seattle Times "Epic awesome." --Bustle "A binge-reading treat." --MTV "Takes the classic to a whole new level." --NPR "A great choice for all ages, with strong appeal for both girls and boys, these novels will be read and enjoyed--repeatedly." --VOYA, starred review on Scarlet "It's another Marissa Meyer roller coaster ride, part science fiction/fantasy, part political machination with a hint of romance." --Booklist, starred review on Scarlet "Returning fans of Meyer's Cinder will gladly sink their teeth into this ambitious, wholly satisfying sequel." --Publishers Weekly, starred review on Scarlet "The author has stepped up the intrigue and plot from the first novel, and readers will be eagerly awaiting the next." --School Library Journal on Scarlet "The sci-fi elements are stronger than the fairy-tale allusions this time out, but the story remains just as absorbing. . . . Readers will be thrilled to discover that this steampunky fairy-tale/sci-fi mashup promises two more installments." --BCCB on Scarlet "Further development of this futuristic world plus plenty of action, surprises, and a fast pace will keep readers invested in their journey." --The Horn Book on Scarlet