Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published by: Square Fish
Goodreads rating: 4.3 (as of writing)
My review for the first book, Cinder can be found here
Taken from Goodreads:
Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
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.
This book is a direct continuation of the first book with a few new characters added into the cast. Obviously (
or not?), this book was based on Little Red Riding Hood.
Scarlet’s world was crashing down around her and nobody noticed. Her grandmother was missing and nobody cared.
Unlike Cinder, this book was mostly set in France where the main character, Scarlet, lives. That meant the Lunar Chronicles World has been expanded, something that I am quite happy to note.
Also, unlike Cinder, this book was divided into several point-of-views. In Cinder, the narration mostly evolved around Cinder and Kai. But in this book, Scarlet had to share pages with Cinder and, in some parts, Kai, Thorne, Wolf and even Levana. I thought that’s what made this book better than Cinder. The switching PoVs ensured that I wouldn’t be bored and it was rather exciting to see both Cinder and Scarlet’s journey converge into a single one.
However, I think that’s also the reason why I couldn’t make myself care about Scarlet. Perhaps it’s just because of the situation she’s in, but as a main character, she was rather shallow and one-dimensional. She just kept on and on about saving her grandmother for the most part of her point-of-views and being attracted to Wolf on another part despite only knowing him for less than a day and that he was possibly in cahoots with her grandmother’s kidnappers.
Scarlet is headstrong, which is something I really liked about her, but she was also a bit irritating, whiny and stupid.
The insta-love between her and Wolf didn’t do much to endear herself to me, either. Sure, she’d shown proper amounts of suspicion with Wolf at first and I thought I’d have another sensible character to praise. Unfortunately, it all came crashing half a day later when she and Wolf started snogging XD
Seriously, Scar? Your beloved Grand-Mère might already be lying in a ditch somewhere and this guy might be responsible (no matter what he claims) and you’re canoodling with him?!
But, among the new comers, I did like Wolf and Thorne. Wolf was quite adorable and between him and Scarlet, I think Scarlet was the more wolfish one (when it came to amore at least) XD And
Cadet Captain Thorne is such a lively and entertaining character! Despite not having a lot of PoVs, I thought he actually had more depth than Scarlet XD
A captain always knows where his ship is. It’s like a psychic bond.
Cinder and, to a lesser extent, Kai were also developed in this book which I am really happy about. Even when they were far apart, I just couldn’t help but think they were so cute together ❤
Perhaps the highlight of this book for me would be Cinder and Thorne’s friendship. Their banters are just too funny, with Cinder’s dry sarcasm and Thorne’s flirtatious and narcissistic quips. Then there’s also Iko who had been “upgraded” into a spaceship which she was horrified about.
“You’re rather handsome, Captain.”
“And you my fine lady, are the most gorgeous ship in these skies, and don’t let anyone tell you other wise.”
“Iko, are you intentionally blushing?”
“But am I really pretty? Even as a ship?”
I think it’s safe to say that my favorite parts of this book would be Cinder, Thorne and Iko’s journey ❤
Story is definitely better than the first book though I couldn’t say the same for the new main character. There were more action and more interesting characters. Some questions from the first book were answered but new ones were added, mostly from Levana’s point of view.
As with the first book, the ending is quite tense which makes me want to read the next book, Cress, as soon as humanly possible.
My rating: (4-star when I first read it. Half a star less than 5 because I didn’t like Scarlet though I still gave it a full 5 in goodreads)
Recommended to: People who loved or at least read the first book, Cinder 🙂
Favorite character: Cinder AND Thorne. I can’t choose! XD
Favorite quote: “It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse.”