Title : Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author : Marissa Meyer
Publication date : February 5th 2013
Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
Genre : YA Sci-Fi
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. (From Goodreads)
“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”
Ever since I read Cinder, I’ve been dying to pick this up, I’ve been praying for April to come around so that I can pick it up haha, because this girl right here likes to stick to her TBRs(and to talk about herself in 3rd person too apparently). I heard a lot of people, fellow bookbloggers I trust, say that the series gets better with each and every book and let me tell ya, THEY WEREN’T LYING. This book was just so good.
The writing in Cinder was good but it 100% has improved in Scarlet. I feel like it is more mature and poised (huh?) and I suspect that it may or may not be because this book is slightly darker and creepier than the previous one. That being said, there was a line that made me cringe really bad, the kind that I don’t like to see in books and that is often used, so I just couldn’t get over it hah, so here it is:
“The fighter’s pale eyes darted to Scarlet, and for a moment she sensed a connection between them”
Dear authors, please stop using these. THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE. It only happens with books. And food. Aside from that I think that the 2 POVs (Scarlet’s and Cinder’s) were done very well, with very distinct voices, so there was no confusion whatsoever going back and forth between the two.
Moving on, the plot picked up from the very beginning, the action had me sucked in right away. Especially Scarlet’s part of the story, it was so fast paced and something was happening at all times. On the other hand, Cinder’s was a little slower, just a tinge, because a lot of it was on the spaceship. At the same time so much has happened between the end of book 1 and book 2 that sometimes I completely forgot that they were just days apart. One other thing that I kind of forgot about, is that this story is a retelling, and I don’t mean it in a bad way. The plot is nothing like Red riding hood but I love how little significant parts of it were scattered all throughout the book as reminders, like Wolf’s fight with a guy named Hunter (GET IT?). Then again I had a little problem, just a microscopic one. The accent thing (if you read it you know!) was a little too convenient for me, I thought that it was a lazy way to move the plot along, and for the same reason some other things were brushed off.
THEM TWISTS THOUGH! OH MY GOD! The predictability problem I had with Cinder is completely inexistant in this one, so many twists, none of which I saw coming this time. I just was so baffled, and they all came at once which caused me to sleep until 2AM that night (And wake up at 6 thank you very much). They made up for all the things I didn’t like.
By now, I’m a fan of Meyer’s. You want to know why? Aside from everything above, the way she does her world building is impressive. I loved getting to understand the Lunar system, it is gradually explained. The hierarchy, the politics, the army, the extent of their gifts etc…
Moving on to the characters now. Cinder annoyed the shit out of me throughout most of the novel. She was struggling between who she wanted to be and who she really was, while I enjoyed reading about her progress from denial to acceptance, she was whiny and selfish. WHERE’S THE CINDER I LOVE AND ADMIRE? But the sarcasm was still there so I really appreciated that, especially around Captain Thorne. Their first interaction is Gold, so snarky and witty, just plain funny ! Thorne is just ridiculous and I loved him. His arrogant game is strong but not in the insufferable way, he never took himself too seriously, and sometimes he was just stupid, making a fool out of himself which was such a treat. I loved seeing their friendship develop even if they weren’t going to admit it out loud, they really came to care about each other. Iko, she’s still the same loving, smart android she’s always been and SHE’S BACK, in another format sure, but still, I love her all the same, and she still makes me laugh.
Question: Escort-droid is like you know, android escort girls right? hahaha.
Even though I like Cinder, Scarlet tops her. She’s a grounded, brave girl who’d do anything for the people she loves, she has some anger issues to deal with but it is perfectly understandable, because I’d loose it too if the only person who’s ever cared about me got kidnapped and no one’s willing to help. Until Wolf comes in. He’s so damaged and mysterious, and most of all willing to help her find her grand-mère. I like how his true intentions were kind of kept in the dark for the first half of the book but then when I knew I KNEW and every emotion in me started spiraling out of control. I was swooning at all the cuteness and awkwardness going on between the two until a realization hit. Their relationship is a bit -very- insta-lusty. You know how I normally feel about these things, just UGH! But so much has went down in that short period they knew each other that it didn’t feel like it AT ALL and I decided that it was okay.
Levana is still the evil bitch she was in the first book and even more so right now (If that’s even possible!) and that chapter from her point of view was EVERYTHING. It raised so many questions around who she is and how she became what she is, now, I just can’t wait to read Fairest!
This book ended on a relatively calm note, but it feels like it is just the beginning of all the craze that’s about to happen and I’m so ready for it! And I like how by the end, all the characters came together and both plotlines collided to form just one. Cress, I’m coming for you !
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Would I recommend ?
YES! But go read Cinder first please haha.
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