Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi/Dystopia
Originally Published: February 5th 2013
Format: Paperback (452 pages)
Synopsis: This is not the fairytale you remember.
But it’s one you won’t forget.
Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.
Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.
As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner . . .
My Rating: ★★★★★
I absolutely loved the second instalment of The Lunar Chronicles. I am SO glad that I started reading this series. It is so entertaining, has strong plot points and I love, love, love the characters.
Scarlet picks up exactly where Cinder left off. We follow Cinder as she escapes from prison with her new found acquaintance Thorne and we see her starting life on the run. We also meet Scarlet and Wolf. Most of the chapters are told from Scarlet’s point of view and this is where we see our Little Red Riding Hood references at their strongest. Scarlet is desperately searching for her Grandmother after she goes missing, only to end up on a dangerous journey with Wolf.
Cinder is still my favourite character and I was delighted at the return of Iko in this book as I love her sassiness and general demeanour. I love how humanised she is and she really makes me laugh. There wasn’t much in the way of development for Kai here and I am still desperate to learn more about Levana and life on Luna so I’m hoping this will happen for me in the next instalment. I also have the short stories collection to read and satisfy my needs. I really liked the addition of Scarlet and Wolf as characters.
GOSH was this full of plot twists. I felt like I was constantly twisting and turning throughout this book and not for one second did I feel bored or let down. This was a seriously fantastic second book in the series and has set us up nicely for a third instalment. I’m really hoping to get some more Cinder chapters in (she’s by far my favourite!) as well as learning more about the Lunars and Levana.
What did I love most about the book?
Once again, it has to be the characters. I just love all the characters in this series. Aside from being terrified of Levana and the Lunar power, I still adore her as a character. I really can’t wait to learn more about each of them. Cinder and Iko are still my favourites at the moment.
“Scarlet and Wolf are saying gushy things in the galley,” Iko said. “Normally I like gushy things, but its different when its real people. I prefer the net dramas.”
“I lied to you about a lot of things….but I meant every apology.”
“I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”
“Besides, if you are who you claim to be, that makes you my true queen. Therefore, you have my loyalty.”
I love, love, love this series! I’m so excited to read Cress next!!
Have you read Scarlet/The Lunar Chronicles? What did you think?