I would have to put this book at about 4.5, only because I wish it was a little bit longer. Also, this review will be devoid of any spoilers for this or the previous book.
I wasn't sure what made me put off this book, I've had it on my Ipod for a while now. But I think I just forgot how much I loved [b:Cinder|11235712|Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)|Marissa Meyer|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317794278s/11235712.jpg|15545385] and therefore it fell by the wayside in the wake of other books.
The book begins right after the events of Cinder, I believe the next day if I recall correctly. Whereas the previous chronicle was told from Cinder's and Kai's point of view, this shifted between these two as well as our new addition of Scarlet. Admittedly, Kai's perspective is much less prominent and more of a supporting role in this go around as he's pretty much left alone to deal with the aftermath of Levana and Cinder.
Scarlet is of course little red riding hood, as if the cover wasn't a giveaway. She's a farmer who is introduced in the story as being severely frustrated at the lack of information over her missing grandmother. Scarlet is a little overbearing in her stubborness and I have a feeling if she was a real person, I probably wouldn't be her friend. She meets a mysterious and dangerous (aren't these adjectives always applicable to a new male character?) man named Wolfe who offers to help her find her grandmother. Wolfe is generally calm and plays well off Scarlet's sometimes outlandish behavior. I liked the two of them together, I guess. I just wasn't convinced by Scarlet. One minute she's got a gun on him, the next she's on a train with him to Paris because he says so. Scarlet's so back and forth, then again Wolfe is as well, but he has a reason for it.
Our other new main character is Captain Thorne. I adored Thorne and his interactions with Cinder. He assists her by providing an airship he stole from the American Federation (and proceeded to paint a naked woman on the side, because he's a badass). Thorne provides much needed humor in the story and Cinder's life. Plus I was glad to see a male character that wasn't instantly pining over the lead girl, though I guess that might change later. I hope not, I like the Thorne/Cinder bromance.
The perspective changes frequently among perspectives. In the beginning it's difficult to see how Scarlet and Cinder's perspectives will come together until more information is provided. It's nicely done, fast paced, attention getting, and most of all continually chocked full of more mysteries I found myself eager to solve. I think that my complaint that I wanted the book to be longer could simply be fueled by the fact that I didn't want to let these characters go, I thought the book was an appropriate length for the story. But it leaves me chomping at the bit for the next volume, it's going to be a long wait.