Release Date: February 5, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Received From: Publisher
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
You may remember how much I adored Cinder last year. It was one of those rare books that took me completely by surprise. It didn’t really sound like my thing–I mean it has cyborgs. But I looooved. I’ve been excited to read Scarlet ever since.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with Scarlet since it’s a companion novel and not a direct sequel. I was worried about Cinder and her story being forgotten or overshadowed. I shouldn’t have been. Marissa Meyer does an amazing job of introducing us to new characters and story lines, but still keeping Cinder’s story a main focus as well. I was really puzzled when I first heard that ever book in the series is going to be based on a different fairy tale. How could that possibly work when all the books are connecting. Guys, it works! It works beautifully, seamlessly, extraordinarily…I’ll stop. I’m honestly still just blown away that this concept works as well as it does. I mean, futuristic, hover-crafts, droids, cyborgs, people living on the moon, but there’s also Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Prince Charming. WHO THINKS OF THIS STUFF?! Marissa Meyer…that’s who, and it’s awesome.
There’s a few new characters introduced, Scarlet obviously. She’s pretty kick ass, although maybe not as kick ass as Cinder, but she was definitely a strong heroine. There’s also Thorne, who is on the run with Cinder. I kind of adored him. He was a little wacky and he had a very high opinion of himself. He brought some fun to the story. I’m still on the fence about Wolf. I really wanted to like him, but I just didn’t. I didn’t dislike him. I just found him to be meh…That in turn made me feel pretty meh about the connection between Wolf and Scarlet. That was unfortunate, but it didn’t take that much away from the story.
Scarlet is very action packed and adventurous just like the first installment. I did feel like the story stalled a bit sometimes. That might have a lot to do with switching between the characters so often. Overall though, it held my attention well. I really enjoyed Scarlet. Not as much as Cinder, but that is one hard book to follow up. I’m looking forward to devouring every book in the Lunar Chronicles.