Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published by Feiwell & Friends (MacMillan), 2013
E-book, Purchased
464 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: 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.

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When I read and reviewed the first book in this series–Cinder–I didn’t realize it was classified as young adult fantasy! It read like regular fantasy to me though it is about teenaged characters. I think because life is hard in this future world and both Scarlet and Cinder are working and not going to school they just don’t seem that young to me!

What I liked about this book:

  • I like the story. There are fairy tale elements–Little Red Riding Hood in this book. (Scarlet wears a red hoodie; Scarlet has a grandmother; Wolf is the wolf; quotes from the fairy tale are used throughout the book). But this isn’t just a retelling of fairy tales. Very original.
  • Marissa Meyer creates a very imaginative world in this series.
  • Scarlet and Cinder are both interesting characters. I also like the secondary characters: Iko, Wolf and Thorne.

What I didn’t like:

  • The book moves back and forth between Scarlet and Cinder and even Prince Kai. Every time this happened it pulled me out of the story and made me more likely to put the book down. I like the characters, but I wanted to continue to read about the character I was reading about!

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My thoughts: Even though I didn’t like the way this book jumped around from story to story I really like these stories and the overall story arc. I’m eagerly waiting for the next book! Cress is scheduled to be published in February 2014. This will be one of the books I most look forward to in 2014! I do hope the characters’ stories are told more as one piece. From the cover I saw on Marissa Meyer’s website I would say the next book follows Rapunzel’s fairytale! It looks good!

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What do you think? Have you read the first two books? Were you bothered by the story jumping around in this book?