Review: Scarlet

Title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)Image

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Provided Synopsis: The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

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.

Review: Following up on her New York Times best selling debut, Marissa Meyer presents the second installment in The Lunar Chronicles series. Scarlet is named after Scarlet Benoit, who is a red headed farm girl (with a fiery, take-no-mess personality) out to find and rescue her grandmother. Madame Benoit has been missing for days, and although the police and village assume she must have wandered off on her own free will due to no leads in the case, her granddaughter is convinced otherwise. Clues continue to fall into place; eventually Scarlet finds a lead large enough to send her on an adventure, and that lead is none other than a street fighter named Wolf. But despite his size and animalistic strength there is something soft and shy behind the scars of the man. When him and Scarlet set out on a journey to find her grandmother there is no end to the surprises they find, whether it be circumstantial or with each other.

Meanwhile, Meyer does not leave readers in suspense over the fate of Cinder, our cyborg mechanic who was introduced in the first book. Now teamed up with a hilarious and self-proclaimed criminal mastermind named Captain Thorne, her own journey, past, future, and fate are entwined with the lives of Scarlet and her grandmother. Underneath secrets and forgotten memories there lies a truth that must be discovered.

To say that I enjoy the creativity of this futuristic world of Marissa Meyer’s creation would be an understatement. Once again she has given readers such a fresh take on a well-know fairy tale. Scarlet travels through the woods with a “wolf”, she wears a red hoodie, she is in search of her grandmother — all those elements are not only there but twisted and expanded upon to give excitement and suspense. A reader feels as if they know what is coming, but at the same time they don’t.

I also appreciate the strong heroines in these stories. Both Scarlet and Cinder are intelligent and skilled; they have traits that allow for strong emotion but also strength. Sacrifice for others is something they often must consider, and I really cannot wait to see what the next character, Cress (a futuristic Rapunzel) will get up to. In conclusion, if you want a fast-paced sequel that is just as good as Cinder, and perhaps even better, then this book is for you! If you would like to see my review of Cinder, the first installment of The Lunar Chronicles series, then please click here!

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