13206760Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
AuthorMarissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 5th 2013
Pages: 452
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
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❝  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.❞

As much as I loved the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet was even better. In this second installment, Cinder’s story continues where it left off in prison while Emperor Kai and Queen Levana face a battle of their own. However, it also features the story of our second heroine, Scarlet Benoit, a mysterious street fighter and Cinder’s fellow inmate Thorne.

The various story lines are told from different points of view. This is often poorly executed by authors, but Meyer managed to pull it off quite well. The characters are very different from each other and can easily be distinguished, thus making that particular choice quite the success.What I love about Scarlet (and the Lunar Chronicles in general) is that it is such a modern and original take on the fairy tales we know and love so well. There are cyborgs, portscreens and chips, yet you can still easily recognize the fairy tale the story has originated from.

In addition, I really like how realistic the characters are, especially the women. Both Scarlet and Cinder are pretty badass (throwing tomatoes in a fit of anger, hitting someone who is rude, not to mention the escape from prison), but still have their moments of weakness. Woman can be fierce and clever, but they cry too and fall in love. Meyer got this particular aspect of the book just right and it fills my feminist heart with joy.

It was necessary in Cinder to introduce and describe the world. Because Scarlet needed no such information since readers are already familiar with the setting, the pace was faster and the action started earlier on in the book. There’s a fair share of romance, and some jokes too, so all in all there’s a lot to enjoy.

If you love fairy tales, then I highly recommend The Lunar Chronicles. The original take on the plot and the characters will not disappoint!

Scarlet

9.2

Characterization

9.0/10

Plot

9.0/10

Writing Style

9.5/10

Pace

9.0/10

Setting

9.5/10

Pros

  • Original take on fairy tales
  • Realistic (female) characters
  • Good use of multiple POV's