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Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
by Marissa Meyer



This book is a sequel to Cinder, which was the first book in The Lunar Chronicles.

Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. A street fighter named Wolf soon confirms that her grandmother was kidnapped, but Scarlet has no idea why someone would kidnap the old woman. When her absentee father returns for the first time in years, tearing the house apart to find something to show her grandmother's kidnappers, Scarlet knows that Wolf told her the truth. The two of them immediately begin to track down the kidnappers, and the more Scarlet learns, the more it seems that her grandmother was connected to the mysterious lunar princess who disappeared many years ago. Meanwhile, this same princess – the mechanic Cinder – has broken out of prison and is currently fleeing both Emperor Kai and the ruler of the Lunar Kingdom, Queen Levana. The two women are destined to meet as the story of Little Red Riding Hood meets the dystopian world of Marissa Meyer's Cinder.

Scarlet is a great sequel to Cinder. While we are introduced to a new character, the energetic and devoted Scarlet (more on her in a bit) the author does not forget about Cinder, or the dangers she faced at the end of the previous novel. We learn more about Cinder's past life, and the reason that she can't remember a huge chunk of her childhood. We also see glimpses of Prince – now Emperor – Kai as he faces a truly awful decision. He must either marry Queen Levana, which at best will result in a loveless marriage and more likely end in his assassination – or refuse her, which the Queen threatens will lead to a declaration of war. But these kids aren't moping around! Cinder and Kai may have complicated feelings for each other, but there's so much going on in their action-packed lives that they have little time to dwell on lost opportunities.

Scarlet's story, by comparison, is slow to start. It takes a while for her to start trusting Wolf, and their tense relationship makes things awkward. Even after Scarlet begins to warm to him, I never felt that spark of chemistry that made Cinder and Kai so interesting. But the deeper they get into the mystery of her grandmother's disappearance, the better the story gets.

I was bummed when I got to the last page, because I wanted to keep going! Two strong heroines really drive the narrative of this outer-space-meets-fairy-tales adventure, and I can't wait to see where the next book will take us.


4 out of 5 stars


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