Book Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)

Posted February 2, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles,
Published by Macmillan on February 5th 2013
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1250037638
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

“She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.” ― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of Marissa Meyer's 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. An NPR Best Book of 2013

The Good…:

Marisa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles returns with Scarlet. Meyer’s retelling of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, gets spun on its head when Red (“Scarlet”) sets out to unravel the mystery of her grandmother’s disappearance. Along the way she meets Wolf, a street fighter, who may be tied to Grandmother’s disappearance. Tough and quiet, Scarlet must decide if Wolf can be trusted, or if he’s a villain out to “disappear” her, too.

In the last book Cinder was sent to prison for masquerading as an Earthen and other assorted crimes. Set to be executed by Queen Levana, Cinder must break out of prison, or wind up dead. Now that she knows the truth about her past, Cinder must also find a way to stop Levana from initiating war with Earth, clear her name, and reclaim her birthright.

The second novel grabbed me right off the bat, and though a few points were predictable, I found I enjoyed Scarlet a lot more than Cinder. Scarlet, herself, is a feisty, tough girl that I want to root for, while Wolf is talk, dark, and dangerous. The way Meyer brings the stories of Cinder and Scarlet together is compelling, and the broader world we glimpse increases the suspense and danger.

The Ugly…:

Levana. I love to hate her, and hate her I do. She’s a great villainess, and by having only one “Evil Queen” in her universe, allows Meyer to connect all the stories together seamlessly. I guess this is a Good, though, right?

Do I Recommend?

Hellz yeah! If you, like me, found Cinder, to be just ok, don’t give up on this series just yet. Scarlet, being the sequel is far more action-packed. True, Meyer does integrate elements of the classic story into her retelling, but the merging of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood makes this book less predictable than the first book.


Rating Report
Overall: 5

About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


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