Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

February 15, 2013 Review 4 ★★★★

 

Scarlet

(The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
by Marissa Meyer

Genre: Science Fiction YA, Dystopian|
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Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Amazon Vine

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (February 5, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0312642962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312642969

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing

Description

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.

Review

Continuing with her Star Wars meets fairy tale mashup, Marissa Meyer delivers a strong sequel to CINDER in SCARLET, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series.  Cinder, our cyborg Cinderella turned alien royalty, is still on the run from the Lunar Queen, but this time she’s not the only one running.  Little Red Riding Hood is reimagined as Scarlet, a pilot so desperate to find her missing grandmother that she accepts help from a street fighter named Wolf.

What is so fun about this series is how well it blends something so old and classic with something so new and futuristic. I mean how many times has the Little Red Riding Hood story been retold and ‘modernized’?  A lot.  A whole lot.  But in SCARLET, all the familiar features are accounted for, but the sci-fi setting and thriller subplot are so fresh and exciting that the combination creates something never before seen.

And having enjoyed CINDER so much, I was worried that Cinder’s story would only be a small part of SCARLET, but that wasn’t the case at all. Nearly half the book focuses on Cinder and the two storylines are inexorably connected.  Tight plotting, courageous characters, and exciting adventure laced romance, the Lunar Chronicles is as thrilling as it claims to be.  I can’t wait to see how a Sahara Desert dwelling Rapunzel will be incorporated into this world when she joins the series in CRESS coming in 2014

Series

  1. Cinder
  2. Scarlet
  3. Cress
  4. Winter

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4 Responses to “Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer”

  1. Mardel

    Boy, I really need to get this book…these books. :) I’ve going to just bite the bullet and look in the bookstore. Almost bought Cinder a few months ago….should have. :) Well, lots to look forward to then. Good to know there’s a sequel and it’s as good if not better than the first. Thanks. :)

    • Abigail

      You definitely should. They are crazy fun. I can’t wait to read more, plus I just heard movie news floating around :)

    • Abigail

      I’m curious to see how three heroines will get juggled in the next book. I image Scarlet will have a more minor role, even though she’s strong enough for more. Either way, this is a unique series that keeps getting better for me. Glad you loved it too!