Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles, a unique blend of science fiction and fairy tales.
Scarlet's grandmother has disappeared, and nobody but Scarlet seems to care. When a stranger in town, a street fighter named Wolf, seems to have some information that could help Scarlet locate her missing relative, Scarlet is determined to follow the trail, whatever the cost. But can she trust Wolf?
Meanwhile, Cinder is imprisoned in New Beijing -- but not for long. As she escapes from prison, by chance she encounters Captain Thorne, a brash and arrogant pilot. She plans to leave him in the prison, but he claims to have a ship waiting for him nearby, and Cinder knows she needs to make her escape quickly. Escape she does, leaving Kai in a difficult situation as Queen Levana demands Cinder's recapture. If Kai can't deliver, there will be serious repercussions. Meanwhile, Cinder and Thorne (who doesn't really have a clue of what he's gotten himself into) go searching for a woman who might know something about Cinder's past . . . and that's where Cinder's story and Scarlet's begin to intersect.
This is a highly enjoyable series -- I love the concept, which is so different from anything else I've read lately. The characters are also great, though I'm not as much of a fan of Scarlet and Wolf as I was of Cinder and Kai. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which comes out in February 2014.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)