Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles, #2
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.

I'm really beginning to see why the Lunar Chronicles is so loved and popular among readers.. it's absolutely fantastic!!

Cinder was such a great introduction to the series, but Scarlet has solidified it as one of my favorites now. I honestly wasn't sure how I would feel about the introduction of new characters and their view points, but it works so well with the story, and I actually really loved reading about Scarlet and her journey, possibly more than reading about Cinder's so far.

Scarlet Benoit is a feisty redhead with a stubborn side, temper and a love of red hoodies. When her grandmother disappears without a trace, she's the only one who suspects that she's been kidnapped and because the old woman is rather eccentric, no one believes her. Scarlet decides to take matters into her own hands and comes up short when she realizes she has no idea where she is, who took her, or why. Enter a dark, handsome, mysterious stranger with a glint of danger in his eyes seeking work and offering to help her. And his name just so happens to be Wolf. Sound familiar??

All of this is happening while Cinder is stuck inside a prison, contemplating whether or not to escape. On one hand she could stay, be handed over to the Lunar Queen Levana and be executed... or on the other, she could attempt to escape and become the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

While Cinder was mainly set in the Eastern Commonwealth, Scarlet takes us on a journey throughout France and into outer space, giving us a little more insight into the new world. The story is also told in several points of view which ultimately tie together in the end giving you a clearer picture as to what is going on in the minds of not just our main characters, but their enemies. And did I mention it also introduces us to a handsome yet extremely arrogant captain named Carswell Thorne??

I am disappointed that a certain character didn't appear as much in the second installment as in the first, but I suspect that's going to change greatly in Cress, and I'm very anxious to see just how our main characters are going to get out of the predicament they are all in. Especially with Queen Levana's rule getting more malicious as time progresses.

Marissa Meyer has created such an incredible world with the Lunar Chronicles. I am completely in awe with this fairy-tale retelling and it's only getting better.

I rate this book:

The Lunar Chronicles


About Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her fiancĂ© and their two cats. In addition to her slight obsession with books and writing, she's big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. She's represented by Jill Grinberg. CINDER, her debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. 

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The detective said that's what people did when they ran away and didn't want to be found--they cut out their ID chips. He'd said it like he'd just solved the mystery, but Scarlet figured most kidnappers probably knew that trick too.

"Let me guess," Throne said. "Breaking and entering?" After a long silence of examining the retracting mechanism, the girl wrinkled her nose. "Two counts of treason, if you must know. And resisting arrest, and unlawful use of bioelectricity. Oh, and illegal immigration, but honestly, I think that's a little excessive."

"A captain always knows where his ship is. It's like a psychic bond."
"If only we had a captain here."

"If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are."

"You'll want to aim for the head. That usually makes for a fatal shot. Or, if you're feeling shaky, the torso. It's a larger target."
"You're head looks pretty big from here."

"One more patronizing comment and I will have you slice off and nail your own tongue to the palace gate."

"They won't bother us," he said again, almost smiling. "But you might want to keep that out anyway, just in case."

"They do realize I'm missing, don't they?"
"Maybe they're grateful."