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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 452
Genre: Retelling • Science Fiction
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C inder, 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.

Another fantastic rendition to the Lunar Chronicles. Scarlet is one heck of a read, and worthy to be called a sequel to Cinder. Fast-paced, loveable additions to the story, and digging deeper into the mystery behind the missing Lunar Princess Selene, the madness of Queen Levana, and an oncoming war between Earth and Luna.

Scarlet's in search for her missing grandmother. Cinder is an escaped criminal, the number one wanted fugitive in the Eastern Commonwealth, and on Queen Levana's hit list. Scarlet teams up with the adorably shy, yet menacing Wolf. Cinder teams up with the hilarious and loyal Captain Carswell Thorne. The race is on to find answers, and these two girls are in a world muddled with questions, illness and enemies. I couldn't pull my eyes away from the words on the pages. Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, Throne, Iko, Kai. I was helplessly lost with these characters and their struggles.

I was happy that Cinder still was given a point of view in this story even though the main portion was given to Scarlet seeing as it was her book this time. Even view points from Emperor Kai and Queen Levana were helpful insights into what was going on the the world outside of Cinder and Scarlet's vantage points. It was all packaged nicely, keeping the pace face and exciting. And the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood was woven wonderfully throughout the story with bits and pieces from the actual story as divider markings. Scarlet's story was fresh and unique to the world Meyer created. It made me love Little Red Riding Hood all over again. Not to mention picked at my heart time and time again.

Final Summation: Another great installment from Marissa Meyer. The retelling of Little Red Riding Hood was crisp and new and fit together perfectly in Meyer's Lunar world. I loved it to bits and cannot wait to jump into Cress!

 Five targets slayed by Cinder's cyborg hand and Scarlet's shotgun