Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1), Winter
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Kindle
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.
Somehow, this series got even better!
Thoughts on Scarlet
In my review of Cinder (linked above for your enjoyment!) I gushed about how much I loved the book. And I did. Boy did I. I will never love another character the way that I love Kai.
There is no second book slump syndrome for Marissa Meyer and the Lunar Chronicles series. -Amanda’s review
But Scarlet… Scarlet just made me enjoy Cinder that much more because the second installment in the series was what a second installment should be- a continuation of book 1 while also being it’s own book. There have been book series that the second book was a continuation of the first but at the end of book 2, I felt like I had just read an 800 page book instead of two separate books.
There does need to be answered questions (especially after a plot twist like in Cinder) but we shouldn’t have to wonder when we are going to meet new characters and have new adventures. Scarlet does this fantastically.
In Scarlet, we’re introduced to Scarlet (shocking!) and Wolf. Scarlet is a very loosely retold version of Red Riding Hood—complete with red hoodie. What I love about both Lunar Chronicle books is that while being a retelling, these books are so much more. With Cinder’s story arc still continuing into this book, we get to see the world expand and grow in ways that are unique and exciting. So many THINGS HAPPEN! -Amanda’s review
It is no wonder that every book keeps getting bigger and bigger in this series because Marissa Meyer has created a series that stretches a characters arc over four books instead of one. So while we are reading about Scarlet and Wolf in Scarlet, we still get a Cinder story arc in there as well. And Meyer has perfected it.
And I don’t think I can write this review without mentioning Captain Thorne. He just tickled me silly. -Amanda’s review
Thorne is everything that I have ever hoped for in a character. He has a sense of self deprecation but also seems very full of himself. He’s hilarious and quick witted and is the perfect match for Cinder in a very platonic way.
I can’t mention this series without mentioning how flawlessly Meyer has woven in romantic relationships, human/droid/computer friendships, girl/boy friendships, and girl/girl friendships. There are so many relationships in this series and I know we aren’t even close to the end of it.