Book Review: Scarlet

scarlet lunarTitle: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: Lunar Chronicles #2

Edition: Paperback

Blurb: 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.

This book! This series! I am loving it!

Ahem. On to a more rational sounding review.

The thing about this whole series is that it shouldn’t work this well, to have fairy tales retold in a futuristic setting. Cinderella as a cyborg? Little Red Riding Hood flying space pods? The Big Bad Wolf being . . . well, I won’t go there necessarily since it might be a spoiler. I think that’s what I like best about this series as a whole – it feels fresh and original, and in a world where there are so many copycat story lines aiming for what’s popular and will make money, this is refreshing.

I loved how seamlessly the new characters and their story lines were interwoven into where we left off in Cinder (which I also very much enjoyed). It was nice to see other parts of this new futuristic world – where Cinder takes place in China, Scarlet starts off in France. The world building in this series is really incredible and it was great to see a bit more of that.

We also finally got to see a bit of Luna itself! Queen Levana is still terrible and I’m so worried about Kai, but several other Lunars get to have the spotlight for a bit and you can see that they are not all just straight up evil. I like that there isn’t just a black and white, them versus us thing going on here. It makes it much more believable and true to life. Even Levana gets a brief moment where you see some vulnerability, where you can tell that there’s more to her story than just that she’s a tyrant set on taking over Earth. I can’t wait to see how that plays out.

So all in all, a great second installment to an already enjoyable series. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

GoodReads Rating: 5 STARS!

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