Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Cinder
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 2/5/13
Genres: Fairy Tales Legends & Mythology, Retellings, Science Fiction, Young Adult
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing)
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 really enjoyed Cinder, but for some reason I wasn’t all that desperate to read the second book in this series. I don’t exactly know why except that I think I wasn’t crazy about the idea that Scarlet would focus on different characters (and a different fairy tale). Well, it turns out that I loved Scarlet even more than I did Cinder. I don’t know why I waited to read it!
What I LOVED:
- Integration of characters. I loved the way that Meyer interwove Scarlet’s story with Cinder’s and tied everything together. I actually didn’t see the connection coming, and I loved being taken by surprise! The story switched back and forth between Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s. While Cinder was working on escaping from prison and figuring out how to stop Levana from taking over the earth, Scarlet was focused on rescuing her grandmother from a group of wolves – or something like it. The stories are mostly told separately, but eventually a connection was revealed!
- Scarlet. Scarlet was no innocent little girl in this book. Instead, she was a tough, smart woman who wouldn’t give up until she found out who took her grandmother and why. When things got strange, Scarlet hung in there, always hopeful that she would be able to salvage the situation. I instantly liked Scarlet and connected with her. And I loved her story!
- Wolf. Wolf was the perfect tortured bad-boy, but his story wasn’t completely typical – there were definitely some surprises. From the first moment that we met Wolf, I suspected there was more to him than met the eye, but I didn’t ever suspect what was actually up with him, so I ended up loving his story that much more. Wolf was both fierce and endearing, just the way I like my heroes!
- Thorne. Another fun new character who’s introduced in this book! Thorne was complete comic relief – and he did a fantastic job at it!
- Loosely based on Red Riding Hood? I felt like this book was more loosely based on the original fairy tale than Cinder was, but maybe I missed some of the references? (Feel free to point smaller details that came from the original story – other than the obvious wolf and granny characters.) I still loved the connections that were there, but I would have liked even more!
I don’t know why I waited to so long to pick up Scarlet, but the one benefit was that I didn’t have to wait at all to read Cress! I give Scarlet 5/5 stars.
About the Author
I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.
CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. Release date: 3 Jan 2012.