SCARLET (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Cinder, Cress, Fairest, Winter
Published by Macmillan on February 5th 2013
Pages: 454
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Also by this author: Cinder, Cress, Fairest, Winter
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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.  An NPR Best Book of 2013

Reading time 2 mins

Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. It is just as good as Cinder, if not better. In this book we met Scarlet, her Grandmother, and swoony man named Wolf. Can you guess which fairy tale this book borrowed from?

In the first book we met Cinder, an adopted cyborg. In this book we don’t get to see what is happening to Cinder until about 4 chapters in (well, that may not be accurate, but that is what it felt like). I was automatically upset to not get Cinder right away. By the time she was reintegrated into the story, I was a bit attached to Scarlet and her mysterious Wolf friend, though. Cinder doesn’t seem the same as she was in Cinder. I still really like her, but I remember her being a bit more mousy or something. Cinder is using her Lunar gifts in this story, so she is different. Scarlet was a really interesting character. Her devotion to her Grandmother struck a cord with me.

Wolf is this really strong, sexy, cool guy. He is a bit shy and Scarlet is a bit hesitant to trust strangers. Although this story has the skeleton of Little Red Riding Hood with the characters names, that is the only similarity I could see. This is an awesome adaptation of an old classic tale.

This book switched between Cinder and Scarlet, with a few chapters dedicated to Kai, (the new Emperor, and Cinder’s flame), and his struggles. I can clearly see that everything is getting more and more complicated. Cinder break out of prison with another convict called Thorne. Thorne ends up being more of comic relief in this story than the heartthrob he is described as. There are more spaceships in this story and we see more of the world Meyer has imagined. I loved this book even more than the first.

I didn’t guess anything about this story. There are a few surprises, but I didn’t see them coming. This book was fast paced and a very well written adventure. I am anxious to see these characters face off with the Queen, Lavena. I want to see Cinder claim her rightful place. But most of all, I want to see more of the Lunar race and how they live on their planet.

My Rating

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About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.

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