Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy & Science-Fiction
Publication Date: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“I don’t see that her being a cyborg is relevant”
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. 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. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
Marissa Meyer’s has done it again. This is the second novel in The Lunar Chronicles, which is in essence a re-telling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood. Of course, this is not the classic we’ve all grown up with, this is a completely different and innovative spin on the tale.
I am loving this series, I am not usually a big fan of science fiction but I find element in this book so well-done and get completely wrapped up in it. Scarlet is such a kick-ass female lead in this book. She’s tough when she needs to be but at the same time very vulnerable, making her character much more relatable. I wasn’t sure what to make of Wolf at the beginning, but I warmed to him as time went on and became quite invested in the relationship between him and Scarlet. This book definitely had more of a swoon-worthy romance going for it than the first one, but I wasn’t completely on board with it until the very end. I still think the romance moved a little awkwardly and they probably could have made it a little more believable but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. The plot of The Pack was a very exciting and welcome addition for me, I wanted to know even more about them after the book was over. I also really liked that this book moved faster and really progressed the overall story a ton.
The book also features most of the characters from the last book such as Cinder, Kai, Iko and Queen Levana. I thought Cinder became more interesting in this story as we get to start to see the price Cinder is having to pay for her new found powers. I also LOVED the addition of the new character, Captain Thorne. He adds a much needed touch of humor into the story and I think I have a bit of a fangirl crush on him. He completely reminded me of Captain Jack Harkness from Dr. Who. I am hoping that Marissa Meyers features him even more in the upcoming books.
Overall, I rated this book five stars. Yes, there were some flaws but I really didn’t care because I was enjoying the book that much. Scarlet is an amazing book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, especially fairy tale re-tellings.