By: Marissa Meyer
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 took a very long break between Cinder and Scarlet. I could not find Scarlet whenever I went to Barnes & Noble, so I eventually went online and bought it there. I cracked the spine a few months after purchasing it, and then I read it. It took me longer than I would have liked to read this book, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I do, however, think that there was too much Cinder and not enough Scarlet for a book that is titled Scarlet. That’s just my opinion, but I will go on to the more in-depth review.
Marissa Meyer is very good at creating a very vivid world in her books. The Lunar Chronicles takes place in the far future where cyborgs and androids roam the streets. In the first book, we were taken to Beijing, China. In this book, we were taken to Rieux, France. I was a bit wary about the location change and didn’t think Meyer would be able to do it, but I’m glad I was wrong. We weren’t just taken to Rieux, but we were also taken to Paris, Beijing, and even into the Earth’s atmosphere in a ship! And don’t even get me started on the handful of new characters introduced to this story. It was quite wonderful, and I am overall proud of Miss Meyer.
I overall thought there could be more character development, aside from the new characters, who I thought had a good amount of page-time. Scarlet wasn’t given the amount of pages I would have liked her to have, given that the book is named after her, I would have liked to see more of her and less Cinder. I don’t even like Cinder that much. Maybe it’s because all she does in the book is run. I didn’t like Scarlet all that much either, mainly just because she runs into danger and automatically gets hurt, Wolf needing to save her. Speaking of the devil, Wolf was a fantastic addition and I absolutely loved him from the start! He wasn’t all lovey-dovey and didn’t give the protagonist googly-eyes half the novel. No. He just secretly cared about her and didn’t push Scarlet into anything. Him and Kai now need to compete for my attention.
Carswell Thorne is a great addition as well, I’m just not as big of a fan of him as I wish I was. I think the author intended him to be a sort of charming, charismatic bad boy, but he came off as desperate and needy most of the time and let me just say, annoying. In the first novel, Queen Levana wasn’t all that scary, but with her and her genetically-engineered wolf-pack, I was sold on her entire evil queen-ness. She is a scary alien-witch!
There is great plot! Even though this book was as predictable as Cinder was, it did have a well-thought out story line. Scarlet’s grandmother is missing so she has to find her. There is Wolf, who I guessed had something to do with her grandmother being kidnapped (or granny-napped). This is loosely based off of a fairy tale, after all. I predicted that Wolf was going to ‘betray’ her, but then come back and save her anyway. I honestly just predicted a lot of things in this novel. I do like how Cinder and Scarlet’s stories intertwined at the end, with them meeting. Plus they mentioned Cress, whose novel is next, though I highly doubt she’ll get enough of her own pages.
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