Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 5th, 2013
Genres: Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…
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.
Took me long enough to get around to this sequel, right? I’m sorryyy. But I’m here now, ready to put my piece of mind out there and reaffirm that, yes, this is an awesome book and an awesome sequel for an awesome series. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series, guys.
First off, I want to give serious praise to Marissa for her ability to create interesting, captivating characters. Introducing new (main) characters after the series has already started is quite a difficult thing. And most times, for me at least, it doesn’t work. But Scarlet is awesome. Wolf is amazing. Thorne is constantly entertaining. I really couldn’t find a negative thing to say about them. My biggest hesitance going in was that I wouldn’t like the story not being fully focused on Cinder – but that was absolutely not an issue. Switching between the different characters and storylines was seamless and truly skillfully done.
Marissa Meyer’s writing style and world building are of a level one would not normally expect in YA. Seriously flawless. Especially the world. My sci-fi loving heart was overjoyed with the detail and skillful crafting that presented itself in this novel. I want more of the world. I just want to go back to it. It’s been a while since I haven’t had questions because of lackluster world building that left big plot holes. So, seriously, two thumbs up for that.
The plot in this one was amazing. I honestly didn’t want to put the book down for most of it. I loved how creatively different this retelling of Red Riding Hood was. I swear, I was reading most of it with this huge grin on my face because the quality was just so high. The story is just action-packed, intriguing, and totally captivating. And that means all the different storylines, not just Cinder’s or Scarlet’s. And getting a glimpse of Kai and the political situation every once in a while was such a big plus and really showed how well Marissa thought the whole story through. I just loved it!
So I found Scarlet to definitely be an action-packed thrill ride, but ultimately was a bit let down by the last portion of the book. How do I describe my frustrations without spoiling things? Hmm. At a certain point, the story just gets a lot more violent and brutal, graphically so. It did not fit my expectations of the novel, and instead of really pulling me in even more (or causing me to gasp or cry or whatever the intention was), I was a bit turned off. And I couldn’t really understand why the story was going that way. It was just creepy. And my dislike for *cough* werewolf paranormal kind of stories may have had a role in this. …Cryptic enough? Anyway, this means the last part of the book was less pleasing to me and ultimately explains the rating.