Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Updated: Jul 12
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Known as an eccentric woman, no one thinks twice when Scarlet’s grandmother disappears. But Scarlet knows her grandmother would never abandon her. As she searches for her grandmother, Scarlet will cross paths with Wolf. A man who seems to be more animal than human. He has an idea of who has her grandmother, and despite her doubts, Scarlet will follow him. Right into trouble.
As Scarlet searches for her grandmother, Cinder escapes from prison. She enlists the help of Thorn, a fellow inmate, and spaceship captain. As they race across the globe, Queen Levana seethes. She will do whatever it takes to pressure Kai into finding Cinder. Even if it means she has to kill every human on the plant.
Marissa Meyer continues the theme of retold fairy tales by basing Scarlet’s story off of Little Red Riding Hood. This one did have more elements of the base story woven into it than Cinder. There was no mistake that this was a retelling. Even if it did involve spaceships, science, and cyborgs.
Scarlet is a strong-willed and independent girl. Once she has an idea in her mind, she is not going to let it go. Even when she is knocked down, it doesn’t take her long to be back on her feet and fighting. She and Wolf make a good team, even though they often find themselves at odds. What Scarlet lacks in physical strength, Wolf makes up for it.
Thorn was a great addition to Cinder’s storyline. He kept her in check and provided plenty of comic relief for the reader. It was also great to see Cinder evolved as a character. Instead of being the doubtful and fearful girl we saw in the first book, she isn’t afraid to put Thorn in his place and follow through on her actions.
The plot progresses much more quickly than the first book. Having laid down the foundations in Cinder, Marissa Meyer lets the reader see more of the world in Scarlet. It is also less of a love story and more of an adventure-based tale. There are still hints of romance for those readers that enjoy it, but I was much more satisfied to see the gun battles and mystery.
A great addition to The Lunar Chronicles. I can’t wait to read the next one!
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