Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy/Fiction>Retellings
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 (Goodreads 2014)
It’s far too rarely that a sequel stands as strong as the original book, or maybe even better but Scarlet has really held its own. It’s been over a year since I read Cinder so I was rusty on the plot but Scarlet was easy enough to delve back into, with Meyer recapping Cinder gradually and thankfully, not annoyingly, as the new stories and characters emerged..The pacing of this sequel is really well done and the character development is great. I loved Scarlett for being such a strong force of nature, Wolf is- as you’d expect- doubtful and surprising (usually I’d roll my eyes at his character but not here!). I’m excited to see Flynn Rider- sorry, Thorne meet up with Rapunzel (Thorne being a reference to the thorns the guy falls into in the original Grimms fairytale?), and of course, how Cinder is going to save Kai from Levana! We now have to wait until 2014 for Cress…and its going to be a long wait
The above was my original review for scarlet, posted on goodreads in 2013. Well, now I’ve re-read Cinder and Scarlet, and Cress is finally sitting on my night stand ready to be picked up and read! So here is my new review for Scarlett.
Scarlet is the second book in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, which picks up not long after Cinder ended. Except this time, the story is set in France, Europe, following the character of Scarlet Benoit- whose Grandmother has recently disappeared without a trace. Scarlet is determined to find her and the only person who may be able to help her track down her grandma (no pun intended) is Wolf, a street gang member with a suspicious background.
Meanwhile, Cinder is breaking out of New Beijing prison and makes an unlikely and slightly irritating accomplice of Captain Thorne (or Cadet Thorne, but Captain is more impressive to the girls), since he has his own spaceship. Gradually we find out exactly how Scarlet is connected to Cinder, while we watch the ever horrific Queen Levena try to get her way and wage war with Earth.
Meyer has kept up the pace nicely in this second installment of the series. The world building only grows better and better and the characters develop nicely as they interact with each other. Scarlet Benoit is a lot more of a fighter than Cinder, with an fiery temper to match her hair, but she is also full of courage and loyalty and fierce determination. Scarlet, however, is also a flawed character, in that she often jumps to the wrong conclusions and does things rather hastily which can often lead her into trouble. This does mean however, she is pretty much a perfect match for Wolf (cue the internet fangirls screams here!), who shares the same traits due to his…well..his being a wolf. You spent most of the book, like Scarlet, not knowing if you should really trust Wolf, which is a plot point full of twists, which Meyer works very well into the story.
If you enjoyed Cinder, then Scarlet will not let you down, as it only improves on the story and you’ll be on the edge of your seat for going straight on to Cress by the end of it!