Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin Books
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Retellings
Blurb: 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.
Review + Discussion: Like Cinder, this book took me a couple of days to get into. But once I did, I couldn’t put it down!
Scarlet is a sci-fi retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and in it we see Cinder escape from prison in Beijing and bring Captain Thorne with her to find and rescue Scarlet Benoit and her grandmother.
I enjoyed this book more than I enjoyed Cinder. I’m not entirely sure why but I think it may be because there is so much more character growth and world building than there was in the first book. I found the setting of France much easier to picture than New Beijing so I was able to immerse myself in the world with the characters a lot more.
Scarlet is a badass, to put it simply. She’s fierce and will stop at nothing to save her grandmother, even if it means taking on the help of Wolf, a street fighter who is new to the small town in France.
The relationship between the two is somewhat of a whirlwind but I found myself loving it. I loved Wolf’s character, even when we discovered the truth about him. He was complex and sweet, shy and reserved even though he was on the bad side.
I definitely enjoyed Cinder a lot more in this novel than I did in the first. We get to see her grow and come into her own as she deals with her true identity. Captain Thorne was a great addition to the cast, adding a lightheartedness that is often needed.
I love how the characters intertwine with each other in each novel, all of them working towards one goal: taking down Queen Levana.
One of the best aspects of this series is that it’s focused around heroines, that women are the main characters and they are all badass. There is some real girl power going on within this series and I love it. This is a group of ladies I would love to be friends with.
I can’t wait to see how it all progresses and what’s to come in the next book, Cress!
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