Genre: Young adult / Fairy tale retelling
Page Count: 452 pages
Publication Date: February 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. 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.
Marissa Meyer does it again! I absolutely LOVED the new characters introduced in the second book of the series, Scarlet.
Cinder’s story hasn’t ended yet (which I’m thrilled about, because I love Cinder, Iko, Kai, and all the rest of the gang from the first book), and now we’re introduced to a whole other side of the same story, told by a new set of characters in a separate continent. The fact that we keep on jumping from one storyline to another throughout the book is not as distracting as it sounds. It’s actually a brilliant way to keep an eye on all the characters as the story unfolds.
Scarlet is a fairy tale retelling that’s loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood (hence the name Scarlet. Get it? Scarlet.. A brilliant shade of RED… And this is a brilliant book based on Little RED Riding Hood…! Am I the only one who is so easily entertained? Never mind then… Moving on).
Now, I wasn’t sure if I trusted Wolf at the very beginning of the book to be honest. I mean, his name is WOLF, for goodness sake! But, even though I still don’t trust him completely, I’m happy to inform that he did grow on me as time went on 🙂
The only downside of Scarlet (and I’m being very picky here) is that I just wish we heard more from emperor Kai in this book. He plays such an important part in the story, and yet we rarely see the situation from his point of view. I hope we get to see more of him in the next book.
All I have left to say is: I hope Levana (I refuse to call her “queen”) meets a cruel, cruel end.. and soon!