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5 Stars: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles installment and it rocks! Possibly it rocks harder than the first book, Cinder, though that is probably a matter of opinion ;-). Cinder introduced us to cyborgs, plague, and crazy Moon people (Lunars!). Scarlet ramps up the action with dual viewpoints of Cinder and a new character, Scarlet. The fairytale retellings continue, this time with Red Riding Hood, but don’t you worry, Scarlet is so much more than the classic storyline. While Cinder entertained me, Scarlet made me never want to stop reading. From here on out there will be spoilers for the first book and you can just read my review of Cinder if you want to avoid them but find out about this awesome world!

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Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Length: 464 pages
Genre-ish: Dystopia/Sci-fi/Fairytale retelling awesomeness
Rating★★★things are really getting going :D

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

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. – Goodreads

Strengths:

  • First off, the last third of Scarlet is dangerously awesome because I got white knuckles from holding my book too tight >.> I really wanted to know what was going to happen all right! There is no slow going this time: Scarlet is action-packed and amazing.
  • I really liked the way the Red Riding Hood retelling fit in, but Scarlet didn’t follow it precisely so you still won’t know what actually happens.
  • Wow, there were so many feelings while reading this one! Who can I trust? Such noble sacrifices! *melts in a puddle*
  • Iko is still around and she is possibly my favorite character >.> Go androids! I need a bumper sticker or something, haha.

Weaknesses:

  • The story lines of Scarlet and Cinder are separate for a loooooong time. I started getting impatient for them to meet up because I know it would be fun for them and me!
  • On that note, however, Scarlet and Cinder are fairly similar characters (strong, curious, dealing with an annoying guy, isolated from the world with secrets), which made it slightly hard to keep track of them and just annoying from a story perspective.
  • There are still so many questions! Why can’t my questions be answered ever???

Summary:

Many times second books aren’t as good as the first. No worries about that. I actually liked Scarlet far more than Cinder (well, a bit more, I still liked Cinder!). The magnitude of the world’s problems start coming to light and the action really gets going. We get a glimpse of just how epic the rest of this series is going to be and I love it; that aspect helped me get so much more invested in these characters’ actions. I’m also so excited that the next book, Cress, will finally be getting us to the desert! (I love deserts >.> as settings, not to visit probably, haha.)

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings - A

 

 Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Comments

  1. Yaaay, so glad you loved it! I also started to get impatient for their stories to come together, but I was happy when they did! I thought it was really interesting to see Cinder for Scarlet’s perspective. ANd you’re right, the overall tension was ratcheted up in this book, with the war and the crazy Lunars. I mean, what the heck is going to happen in the next book?!

  2. Just skimmed because I haven’t read Cinder yet, but glad you liked the 2nd one overall. Hope to get to them soon. :D

    • Completely understandable! Spoiler free version: they are awesome :D Even if Cinder isn’t amazing-ly amazing to you, Scarlet gets even better!

  3. Smash Attack says:

    I plan to listen to this one next. The audio of Cinder was so enjoyable. I am quite interested to see how Scarlet comes into play, and who she and Cinder are connected. :)

    • Oo, good to know the audio has been good so far. Do you know if it’s the same narrator for both? I might have to listen to the next one if you like the narrator :D

  4. I love Iko (and how she got to come back) and I really liked how the whole Little Red Riding Hood retelling part played out too! :) I’m so excited for Cress! Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  5. Iko is lovely! I loved how she got back and how she was self-concious of her looks xD Scarlet was such a great book, I can’t wait for Cress. And I read on Goodreads that the fourth book will be set on the moon. LUNARS! :D

    • Haha, exactly, she is such a fun character! Hehe, the fourth book better be set on the moon, otherwise how will Cinder fix everything ;-)

  6. YAY! I loved it as well!

  7. So glad you liked this one!! I agree that it took them a while to meet up, but it just built up the anticipation for it the entire book. It really drove the story forward, and I loved every minute of it. I do agree that Scarlet and Cinder are a little too similar. That was my only fault with it as well.

  8. Oh yes! I loved Cinder, but I REALLY loved Scarlet!! Both are awesome and I can’t wait for Cress! Also, Iko is the best!! :) I was happy when she was back!

    • Iko! *hops around happily* I hope she sticks around a lot in Cress, I can’t get enough of that adorable android, and she needs to get a new android body anyway ;-)

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