The Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cinder returns in the second thrilling instalment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.1
I shouldn’t have to tell you that since this is the second book in the series there will most likely be spoilers if you have not read the first. WHICH YOU SHOULD DO…NOW…RIGHT THIS SECOND.
The second book in the Lunar Chronicles is Scarlet. It has a very Little Red Riding Hood vibe with the main character of Scarlet who likes to wear a red hoodie and has red hair, along with the introduction of the character named Wolf. The third instalment is called Cress, but there is no summary out yet, so I’m unsure of what fairy tale, if any, it may be influenced by.
The book begins by introducing us to the character of Scarlet. Her grandmother is missing and she seems to be the only one looking for her. When she was young she grew up in Paris, but moved to Rieux to live with her grandmother on a farm. There is little said about Scarlet’s past, and there are moments when I start to question if Cinder is really Princess Selene. The book goes back and forth between Scarlet and Cinder, until finally their stories combine.
With the introduction of Scarlet we get another likeable character added to the plot. Even more interesting is the character of Wolf. Basically he is the new eye candy in the story. A strong, silent, sensitive man who is a street fighter. Although he does not like fighting it is all he knows and becomes animalistic in certain situations.
If I had any doubts about my feelings for this series with Cinder, they are completely gone after Scarlet. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this series and I am mortified that I have to wait so long for the third book and even longer for the finale! If you are extremely impatient, please hold off, but if you don’t mind the wait these are fantastic books and should be high on your to read list. Now…if only they could create a movie to tie me over. ❤
1. Book Summary