Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 5th 2013
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, the second book to the Lunar Chronicles series and just like the first one, it totally wowed me. I am so in love with this book I could marry it.
The sequel to Cinder still follows the misadventures of the main protagonist, Cinder, while also introducing us to new characters like Scarlet and Wolf.
Scarlet fits her name very well. Aside from the obvious red hair, her emotions are also very strong and extreme. For one, she’s fiercely protective of the people she care for, particularly her grandmother. When her mother disappeared she wouldn’t give up finding her even if the police already did. She always carry a gun with her and she’s ready to fight all the time. Scarlet seriously kicks ass!
Wolf is a rather odd character. He is a street fighter so it is natural to expect he’s fearless, arrogant and loud, right? Well, that is not the case with Wolf. In the arena he is like a savage animal when he fights but when he is outside of it, he is rather shy. I find his contradicting characteristics unique and endearing. I also like the fact that he likes to eat very much, we have something in common! But Wolf isn’t what he claims to be. Just like in the classic Little Red Riding Hood where the wolf tricked Riding Hood, in this book Wolf tricked Scarlet too. It was a great spin to their budding romance.
Cinder is still the main focus of Scarlet but she doesn’t hoard the spotlight to herself. Somehow Meyer managed to let Cinder and Scarlet share the spotlight. I am amazed how seamlessly the events in the book connect, at first there is no clear connection between Cinder and Scarlet but it all eventually make sense. Meyer really knows how to weave a great story line.
I have nothing but praise for this book. It exceeded my expectation and for that I am really glad I read the book. Definitely 5 stars.