Scarlet

scarletTitle: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: Feb 2013
Classification: YA Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

This was one book that I was dying to read after I read Cinder last year. Cinder was pretty high on my top list for the year and I knew I needed to know what on earth happened!

I do have to say I was pretty upset when I found out this book was going to be about a different character. I thought that the series was going to focus solely on Cinder and Kai and their battles against the Lunar Queen. So even though I was upset about this I trusted everyone’s fabulous reviews that said I would love Scarlet as much as I loved Cinder. Well I have to say when I actually cracked the book open I did start to like Scarlet and I was glad that some of the chapters did show what was going on with Cinder and all of the plot from the first book did continue in this book. I do feel that there were a few small snags here and there though. I ultimately felt that Scarlet’s story was started just so Cinder could learn one and only one thing during this book. I won’t say what that one thing was but it seemed a little silly to me to have an entire book devoted to learning one piece of information that could have been picked up anywhere in the story as far as I’m concerned.

Even though I was bothered a little by the fact that this story did seem like a filler in some ways I still did like the book. I did like Scarlet, I wanted to know her story and why she was going to be important to the book. I wanted to know if she was going to find her grandmother and I will admit that as soon as Wolf stepped into the pages of this story I was taken by him. Wolf is mysterious, tough, shy, and caring. I loved his character and I will admit that I was rooting for him throughout the story because I was completely interested in him. I know to those of you who have read this book you might find it hard to believe that I love Wolf so much but I don’t care what he did or didn’t do in this book I still love him.

Overall, I don’t want to say too much about the story because I don’t want to ruin anything. I just hope that the next book is not another filler book that just adds in Cress to the group of characters for one piece of information. However, I have a feeling that is where this series is going and it does concern me a little. I feel that Meyer does have something interesting and new on her hands in the setting but I just hope she can pull it all together in the end without dragging out the story and adding in possible unnecessary characters.

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Comments

  1. I’m in the middle of this one now and I’m quite loving it!

  2. This is a series I hope to eventually pick up, particularly when I’m tired of realistic fiction. I’m glad you liked Scarlet, despite it not being exactly the story you’d hoped for. Great review, Alexa!

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