Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
YA ∴ SciFi/Fantasy ∴ Fairy-tale Retelling > Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood
Published February 5th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
Paperback ∴ 454 pages
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
I could not wait to read this! I didn’t even wait to finish Cinder to order this from my library. I started it the next day and finished it within 24 hours. I love how fast these books move. I feel like it’s taking forever, then I realize I’m almost done.
My first thoughts about Scarlet Benoit and her grandmother, Michelle, are that they remind me of Belle and her father from Beauty and the Beast. How everyone thinks they’re crazy and how Scarlet will defend her grandmother to the end. I found it really endearing.
I think Meyer does a great job of emphasizing dedication and emotion between characters. Their feelings are relatable and not over the top. It always makes sense and I can’t help but feel for these people.
When I was reading Cinder, I called a lot of the twists and surprises, but I didn’t as much in Scarlet, and I really appreciated that. I also like that she lets me get to know the character before introducing new ones. There’s not an onslaught of people for me to remember. It helps me to keep a connection to them rather than forgetting who they are or why they’re important. And there are no unnecessary or unimportant characters in these books, which I love.
When I finished this, I pretended it didn’t end and immediately picked up Cress. I just imagined the end was just the end of a chapter. I’m so excited to find out where this story takes me. Only 4 more to go!