Book Review: Scarlet

Scarlet CoverBook: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Published February 2012|Published by Feiwel & Friends

E-book|Purchased from the Nook store|464 pages

Series: Lunar Chronicles #2

Genre: YA: Science Fiction/Fairy Tale Re-Telling

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Summary: 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 absolutely LOVED Scarlet!  Scarlet focuses on Little Red Riding Hood, and I loved the connection between Scarlet and Cinder.  I love the combination of sci-fi and fairy tales, and Meyer gives the fairy tales we know and love some new life.

Scarlet is pretty amazing, and I loved how her story fit so well with Cinder.  Scarlet is narrated by Scarlet and Cinder, and while I didn’t completely love the dual narration at first, I totally warmed up to it by the end, when you learn the connection between the two girls.  And every once in a while, we see what’s going on with Prince Kai, and how there’s this world-wide search for Cinder, who slowly learns to use her abilities.

There’s a lot more action in Scarlet, with Queen Levana attacking several cities and having something horrible planned.  There’s a lot going on, and I really liked seeing the different perspectives on what was going on and how connected things really are.

As much as I like Cinder and seeing how she’s dealing with being Princess Selene…I think I liked Scarlet’s story more.  There’s just something about Scarlet that I find more interesting.  Of course, I did want to know what was going on with Cinder, but I was also much more interested in how these two girls would meet, especially with all the hoopla surrounding Cinder and her escape from jail with Thorne.  There are lots of secrets, and I’m sure there are more secrets that will see the light of day in the next one.

We learn a little more about the Lunar people…well, the ones that are being used as part of Queen Levana’s evil plans…and we don’t even realize they’re Lunars at first!  Normally, I’d mention that, and how I want to learn more about them- which is all true- but this seems to be one of those times when I don’t mind, because Scarlet’s trying to rescue her grandmother with the help of Wolf and Cinder trying to find Scarlet’s grandmother so she can learn more about her past.

Have I mentioned how much I LOVED what Meyer does with fairy tales?  Because I really do!  Seriously, Wolf was not what I was expecting, but he’s completely awesome, and the connection between him, Scarlet, and Michelle (Scarlet’s grandmother) and how Meyer did something completely awesome and interesting and a delight to read.

Final Thoughts:

I could go on about how much I loved Scarlet, I really could.  I’m super-excited about Cress, and Meyer did a great job with re-telling Little Red Riding Hood.  Scarlet gets 5 stars.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Scarlet

  1. I am really loving this series! The dual narration is a hard thing to pull off well, for sure. Diana Gabaldon is about the only author I see pulling it off regularly with any success.

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