Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Futuristic
Goodreads Book Summary:
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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Ah. I loved this book. Sometimes, I want to dive into a fairy tale. Most of the time, that means at a cost…of believability, of depth of character, there’s usually something. But with Meyer’s writing, I’m able to lose myself in a rich world full of possibility. The characters are unique, and the story is wonderful. Although Scarlet is about a different character and Cinder has a much smaller role, the story didn’t lose it’s heart, and I loved it from beginning to end.
How about Marissa Meyer just writes all the books from now on, yes?
Kidding. Kind of. But only because it’s impossible.
Most of the book has new characters. The classics: Scarlet (love), Grandma (love), Wolf (drool). And Mr. Carswell Thorne as well, who manages to luck out and cross paths with Cinder as she’s breaking out of jail. Well he’s a hoot and a half, and they are quite the team. Sadly, not much of Kai in this book, but that’s okay, because I know it’s coming, and the anticipation is tasty.
Meyer is crafty. Somehow (magic, I assume), she manages to take these classic fairy tales and weave them into this full dystopian world that is both realistic and fantastic at the same time. It all comes together. The tales do not lose their charm, and the story is enriched because of them. When I first heard about these books, I thought, “Oh joy…more redo’s of fairy tales. Like that hasn’t been done before. Bleh.”
I was DEAD WRONG. So glad I gave them a chance!
Everything was dead on: writing style, characters, setting, plot, even the book covers are beautiful. So I leave you with a very full 5 stars for this book, as I sit and wait, quite impatiently, for Cress.
Obviously, I highly recommend this series to anyone with both a brain and a heart.