Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Book Review: Scarlet

Title Scarlet

Series The Lunar Chronicles, book 2

Author Marissa Meyer

Release Date February 5, 2013

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.

Scarlet is such a good book. It was much better than someone might expect from a second book.

The writing in Scarlet is strong. We're presented with two different stories that intertwine beautifully. Each story is presented from the point of view of their respective main character (Cinder and Scarlet). The perspective switch was done flawlessly and transitions were always done at the perfect time.

We're introduced to some new characters in Scarlet (Scarlet, Carswell Thorne, and Wolf). While they were all wonderfully done, I have a particular fondness for "Captain" Thorne. While he isn't really a main character, he was one that I enjoyed the most (besides my beloved Iko). He seemed to be around to lighten the mood and keep things from getting too overwhelming. Wolf was also well done. We were introduced to him in the short story "The Queen's Army," so we have a little bit of back story on him there. Lastly, there's Scarlet. Unfortunately, I didn't care for Scarlet and her story as much as I feel like I should have. I don't think it would have bothered me at all if Scarlet wasn't a part of the story and that was kind of disappointing.

One thing I really enjoy with The Lunar Chronicle series is that while there is some romance, it isn't the focus of the story. I like that Meyer includes a little bit of violence with her romance. It seems much more realistic than trying to believe that everything can be rainbows and sunshine in a character's life while the rest of the world is falling apart.

While I can't say that I enjoyed Scarlet more than Cinder (like I've seen in many reviews), it was a really story and enjoyable book. I can't wait to see where this series goes with Cress (February 4, 2014) and Winter (2015).


5 out of 5 stars

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