Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5th 2013
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.
It took me long enough to get around to reading Scarlet, right? I guess I’m late to the party again, third time this month. I realized that after reading Asti’s review of Cress a week ago. She was so incredibly excited about it, and I realized that my copy of Scarlet (the one I ordered right after finishing Cinder) was just collecting dust on my shelves. And that… that’s just plain wrong. Especially since I loved Cinder so much.
I truly didn’t realize how much I’d missed all the characters from the Lunar Chronicles until I started reading again. Cinder and Kai. And then ALL those new characters. They are all so incredibly interesting and captivating and so easy to fall in love with. Scarlet, Thorne, and Wolf. Again, characters with so much depth and it makes for such a wonderful tale. Scarlet was awesome. A tad rash, incredibly impatient, but so much strength. Like I said, she was awesome! And Thorne… sweet, snarky, and funny Thorne. He made me laugh until my stomach hurt. He’s hilarious, and not to mention the complete opposite of Kai, which made for a really interesting character. Then for the character that I absolutely adore: Wolf. He touched my heart. Made me laugh, made me want to strangle him, and made me feel all gushy inside. What’s not to love?
Scarlet picks up right were Cinder ended. Literally. There’s some subtle reminders to help you remember what happened in the first book and they help you along perfectly if it’s been a while since reading it (as was the case with me). The switching POVs between Scarlet and Cinder help with this as well. While switching POV doesn’t always work that well, it most certainly worked out for Scarlet.
I am obsessed with Marissa Meyer’s writing style and world building. The writing is addictive and it flows off the pages while reading. And then the beautifully crafted world building. So much detail. I want to read so much more about this world (and that’s why I just ordered Cress!).
The plot. I have almost no words. This is THE best and most creative retelling of Red Riding Hood I’ve ever read. It was absolutely outstanding. The plot is intricate. It leaves nothing to wish for. It’s action packed, captivating, and so original. I mentioned the switching POVs before, but the way they were written. Every storyline was well thought out. It never felt too much or overwhelming.
That ending? ALL THE FEELS.
Scarlet was absolutely and unquestionably amazing. Perfection!