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.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Part of a Series: Yes. The Lunar Chronicles #2.
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
No. of Pages: 452 pages
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fairytale, Fairytale Retelling, Young Adult
The Cover: One of my favorite book fonts is now back for Cinder’s sequel! This time, showcasing the lustrous red hood made famous by the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, readers are instantly made aware that this novel will be a retelling of the mentioned classic. Also, the infamous black-purple background is making a comeback! Ah, I still love it! (4 out of 5 stars)
The Story: The story follows the life of Scarlet Benoit, who spends most of her time trying to search for her missing grand-mère alongside Wolf. We also get to know as to what happens to Cinder, Prince Kai, and a whole lot other characters after the first book in the series!
The character developments are outstanding! In this book, we get to read from the perspectives of Cinder, Prince Kai, and a lot more (That is in third person POV, by the way.) In addition, we are also introduced to new characters, obviously! I am impressed as to how Marissa improved Cinder and the others from the first book, while introducing us to new ones! I just can’t wait to read Cress, Fairest, and Winter!
The world building is absolutely breathtaking! In the first book, Marissa brought us to New Beijing, a dystopian world wherein New York and China seem to have been incorporated into one state. Now, in Scarlet, Marissa brought us to a small town in Europe called Rieux. Just as I am impressed with Marissa’s characters, I am impressed as to how she depicted her literary worlds as well!
I never imagined for the action scenes in this book to be extremely vivid and comically detailed. The attack scenes ordered by the evil Queen Levana? Yeah, I never expected for that to happen the way it did! I, unexpectedly, visualized the scene to be as brutal as it was written. I am impressed! *stands up for an ovation and a slow-clap*
One thing I didn’t expect from this sequel is the time it took for Cinder and Scarlet’s paths to cross. As of the moment, I can’t assess if this is a good or bad point for me because I did enjoy reading this book. I won’t deny that. But the anticipation was agonizing, I have to say! I was rooting for the resistance and it pained me for every page that Cinder and Scarlet’s paths just won’t cross!
I loved it! I loved it better than the first book! (4 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: As much as I liked this sequel, I have to say that I was a wee bit disappointed as to how it ended. I mean, it was a good ending, but I was expecting more. I craved for closure, especially for Scarlet’s grand-mère. I don’t know. I think it could’ve been better.
The ending was, let’s be honest, predictable. One recommendation I have for authors who intend on taking on the challenge of writing a re-telling, is to give their readers a good twist. One that wouldn’t stray too far from the classic, but at the same time, still spark the reader’s hype and interest. Give them something nostalgic, and yet, seems fresh. Don’t get me wrong. I like how Scarlet ended. But it could use some more plot or ending twists. (3.5 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: I’ve had Scarlet on my shelves for quite some time now because I decided to put off my reading of this book until after the series is finished, and Winter’s out. But I just can’t get my claws off of this wonderful book! Everything, just as I expected was fantastic! My expectations were a wee bit higher, but I loved it just the same! (5 out of 5 stars)
“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” – Wolf to Scarlet (OH MY GOD, THIS QUOTE!!!)
“We met less than a week ago and in that time I’ve done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance…all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I’m able.” – Wolf to Scarlet
“…If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.” – Linh Cinder to Captain Carswell Thorne (The humor between these two characters is insane!)
“Besides, if you are who you claim to be, that makes you my true queen. Therefore, you have my loyalty.”
“It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse.”
About The Author:
Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her fiancé and their two cats. In addition to her slight obsession with books and writing, she’s big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. She is represented by Jill Grinberg.