A must-read sequel to the Lunar Chronicles – more action, more mysteries and more romance!
Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #1) Author: Marissa Meyer Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Publish Date: Feb 5th, 2013 Goodreads: 4.3/5 Barnes and Noble: 4.6/5 A New York Time's Bestselling Series
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.
Scarlet Benoit is a character based on Red Riding Hood. Like in the original fairy tale, she sets out for her grandmother. Her character is lovable as ever, she is headstrong and will do anything to save her grandmother.
I was rather disappointed though, that she doesn’t have any special capabilities that can help Cinder in her quest. However, it’s a little bit too early to judge and since there is no character development on her part, more may be revealed later on in the series.
Please read my review on Cinder for a review on the characters from the first book.
Style and Pacing:
The book starts off rather slower than I expected. For a sequel, I feel like Meyer put in too much effort in building the setting in France where we first find Scarlet and Wolf. Even if it is set in a different country, people already have a set perspective on how France looks and feels plus the first book sets the futuristic setting already.
However, I like the build up towards the middle as Scarlet and Wolf know more about Grand-mere and the group that kidnapped her. Aside from being extremely romanticized (which I did not like that much), we see a great deal of action as we learn more about Wolf’s background.
The multiple POVs were great, 3 characters – Scarlet, Cinder and Kai, become our narrators in the book. Towards the end where Cinder and Scarlet meet, however, I got momentarily lost on who I was listening to because two characters have mildly similar personalities.
I loved the spin that Meyer did to the iconic Red Riding Hood tale, especially when she finds out her grandmother is the wolf in disguise. I was already waiting for that scene and was expecting it to happen around the end of the book (like in Cinder) but I was caught off guard when it happened right in the middle of everything! Wow. I can’t hold my feels as I read that chapter down to the letter.
Meyer was obviously trying to create a futuristic Paris without losing its French feeling. I think she tried too hard though. And you set a story in France without acknowledging the Eifel Tower?? What’s up with that? (There was only one short scene though – just one!) But then again, I wouldn’t know how she would have incorporated it in the story anyway.
To be honest, I didn’t expect the second book to start off the way it did.
When I finished Cinder, I expected Scarlet to kick off with Cinder already free from the prison and either in Africa with Doctor Erland or at least on her way there. Why? The moment Doctor Erland told her that she was and Lunar that she was Princess Selene and explained how everything happened – I thought that was her moment of confusion. And when she went out to try to escape the prison was her deciding her fate and knowing what she needed to do next.
Instead, Meyer lengthens Cinder’s self-crisis by going halfway around the world to Paris in search for confirmatory information of her claims to being Princess Selene.
The book in total was a great cup of tea. If only the author could’ve have made her characters less romanticized then I probably would have enjoyed it better.
OVERALL: 4 stars!
If you have read Cinder, then you should not pass on this second book! A lot of questions from the first book are answered yet, enough to excite you to read the third. Very good characterization and a fast-paced plot will have you flying through the book in no time.
“I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”
“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.”
“If you were a lady, you would have waited for me to make the offer.”
“It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse.”
“Scarlet gasped as Wolf buried one hand into her mess of curls and kissed her back.”
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