Scarlet: A Book Review

Hi!

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles)

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Summary: 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.

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: Last spring, I read Cinder and fell in love with Marissa Meyer’s writing. It’s a futuristic story based after fairy tales. I mean, can you get any better than that?! :) I just finished up Scarlet, and despite a few minor reservations, I really liked it. Now, I’m just patiently waiting for the release of Cress!

Scarlet is based after the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The main character, Scarlet, has been living alone for about a week after her grandmother mysteriously disappeared. And when she meets Wolf, Scarlet has an idea that he might be able to help her. I thought Scarlet was a strong protagonist. She was flawed {a bit whiny, if I do say so myself} but thoroughly developed. The chemistry shown between Scarlet and Wolf was spot-on, and I felt that I could connect with Scarlet more than I could connect with Cinder. Wolf was okay, but his identity got a little fuzzy in the middle. I think the author could have cleared up who he exactly is. Cinder made another appearance, and I was happy to see the storyline from the first book further investigated. As more details about her past were uncovered, I could sympathize with her more. Thorne, a new character and Cinder’s partner-in-crime, was so fun, and definitely added plenty of humor.

The plot was paced well and it was easy to get sucked into the events. I did find myself rereading chapters closer to the end a couple of times, mostly because there was a lot of action and a lot of characters involved all at once. I loved the description of their world, and the author did a great job illustrating the different technologies.

Overall, Scarlet was a winner! Have you read it yet? Because you should :)

Pros: Developed, strong characters.

Cons: The plot was a bit confusing.

Heads Up: Romance and some violence.

Overall: I give it 4 1/2 stars {**** 1/2} and I recommend it for ages 12 and up.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Bella

5 thoughts on “Scarlet: A Book Review

  1. I was really confused by Wolf too! My confusion made it hard to really care for him as a character. I did really enjoy this one and I’m excited for Cress. :D

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