Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA, science fiction, fantasy
Series: Lunar Chornicles #2
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Pages: 452 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Borrowed it
For More Information: Goodreads Link
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 instalment of the long awaited Lunar Chronicles was a beautifully written story that captured me once again on the first page. Told mainly in dual POV, Cinder and Scarlet unfold their troubles and encounters based on the much loved fairy tales- Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.
I don’t think I have made myself clear yet, but I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings. If you don’t recall, from my Cinder review, this ‘genre’ of books can only go two ways.
1) Snore. Too predictable and cliche
Ms. Meyer manages to pull of a breath-taking adventure of two girls along with male accomplices.
Leaving off from where Cinder had cruelly ended, Scarlet allures readers to Paris- half way across the world from New Beijing. Scarlet Benoit’s grand-mere has been missing for three weeks, and the only person she can turn to for assistance in Wolf. Street fighter, mysterious and very wolf-like. However, in New Beijing, Cinder is now a fugitive, Lunar, Cyborg, outlaw and outcast. Could it ever get any worse?
Once again were get another kick-ass, deadly female character. Already, from just the first chapter, Scarlet grew onto me. Her determined mind and defensiveness for her grand-mere was cogent and so captivating. Cinder, in my option was better as a character in this book. While she was uncertain with her newly found powers, Cinder is not only cautious, but also very skeptic – in a good way. I really hate when the main character turns out to be a gullible girl, stubborn to believe everything and ignore obvious abnormalities.
When reviewing a fairy tale retelling. I have to be cautious about rating the twists/predictability. Evidently, this work of genre is going to be somewhat calculable. Notwithstanding, Scarlet still manages to knock my socks off. There were some obvious moments, but other unforeseen twists make up for it.
The romance in this book is sadly, pretty much non-existent for Kai and Cinder, fortunately, there was romance between Wolf and Scarlet. I thought it was quite dramatic to start off with but soon settled down to a nice, cute relationship that was to-die-for.
Subsequently, Scarlet was a riveting piece of work that accomplished high standards in all aspects. From never ending action to keep you I your feet to complex plot/premise work. I recommend this series to lover of Splintered and The Madman’s Daughter.
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