Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – REVIEW

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5th, 2012
Feiwel and Friends, 452 Pages
Sub-genre: Retelling
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2

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.

The second installment of the Lunar Chronicles can best be categorized as a fairy tale retelling. Of course Cinder was a futuristic retelling of Cinderella, but now there are a few new characters that create a new spin on Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.

I will admit the first half of the book dragged by for me…I could not…for the life of me see what possible link Cinder and Scarlet could have.

But then…WHAM. Like a gigantic light bulb coming on…there it was.

The last ⅓ of the book is fast-paced, full of mystery, suspense, and action. I enjoyed this book, but I rated it down a bit because it did tend to drag and I was REALLY wanting more Kai and Cinder. Although, I really did fall in love with Scarlet and Wolf’s characters.

If you love fairy tale retellings and science fiction, I highly recommend this series! I can’t wait to see what other fairy tales are used for the rest of the series. Marissa Meyer is truly a genius with the way she has crafted the Lunar Chronicles so far. Her characters are witty and endearing, the antagonists are truly despicable, the action is intense, and the suspense is ever-present.

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