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. – Goodreads
After having loved Cinder so much, I was left with grabby hands for the rest of the books in the Lunar Chronicles series. It should be no surprise that Marissa Meyer did it again: just like with her twists to the original Cinderella fairytale in Cinder, she made Red Riding Hood her own in Scarlet and, hell, she made this installment even BETTER than the last. Seriously, Marissa Meyer stepped up her game and made Scarlet such a thrilling ride to experience.
Initially I was a little worried about reading Scarlet because I had grown attached to Cinder, Kai, and everyone else in the first book, so much. Would I be able to invest myself the same way with a new cast of characters? By the first chapter Marissa Meyer had me going, “Yes, I can!” Scarlet is different from Cinder, but she’s equally awesome.. As she unraveled the mystery of her grandmother’s disappearance, she displayed just how capable and strong she was; I completely admired her loyalty and tenacity.
And the boys! Wolf and Thorne are such a contrast to the other, but I fell in love with them both. How do you do it, Marissa Meyer? WHO ELSE DO YOU HAVE UP YOUR SLEEVE? I WANT TO MEET THEM. Really, though, Wolf was so mysterious and, as hard as it was for him, I loved the conflict he experienced. The uncertainty between him and Scarlet was so, so good and I loved their progression in the book. As for Thorne, I was sold on him immediately. He’s such a vibrant character, has so much swagger, and I found myself completely delighted by him and his humor. MORE THORNE.
I didn’t have to worry about missing Cinder, Kai, Iko, etc, so much because Marissa Meyer included them in Scarlet. Woohoo! With Cinder, she’s the second main POV in the book so it was great to not be left in the dark about what was going on with her. The bigger picture is coming into focus and I’m so excited for it!
Scarlet was pretty much a perfect sequel because it had everything I loved about the first book and THEN SOME. The stakes were higher, there was energy on every page, Marissa Meyer infused humor effortlessly, and she had my heart racing through several scenes. Those grabby hands after Cinder? They’ve made a return after the end of Scarlet and I’m so sad that Cress and Winter seem forever away.
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