Book Review: Scarlet


Summary from Goodreads

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 the second installment in the Lunar Chronicles, a retelling of the age old fairy tales. Scarlet is the story of Little Red Riding Hood. While there is a big badass wolf, a grandmother, and a red cloak, Meyer’s retelling isn’t your traditional girl meets wolf and notices a little too late he doesn’t look like her grandmother. With cyborg mechanics dressing up for the ball, government engineered soldiers, and many many secrets unraveling over the course of the story, Meyer weaves an intricate and intriguing tale.

At first I was a bit disappointed that Cinder did not make as much of an appearance, but I ended up really enjoying Scarlet’s story and the new characters this book introduces. In fact, of the first three in the chronicles, it is probably my favorite. I enjoyed how Scarlet and Wolf meet and travel together. I like how Scarlet doesn’t give up when thrown with a million curve balls, and there was just enough furthering of Cinder’s story to show the Meyers does have a plan to tie it all together in the end. And with the interweaving of the different fairy tales, all the different characters having their day in the sun, I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t all make sense in the end. But as Scarlet’s story unfolds, and the world that she lives in grows clearer, all I could do was salivate toward the books ending and wish I had access to the next in the series right away.

Meyers is an excellent writer. She has an way of writing beautiful prose without artifice or snobbery. It makes her retelling in a dystopian world make sense. She has enough humor and wit to keep me interested, and yet it is an easy read that I gobbled up in short order. If you like fairy tale retellings you will enjoy this series by Meyers. And while Scarlet is her own story, one you could read on its own, some of the little things would not make as much sense if you have not read the first book. You can read my review of Cinder here and you can read another review of Scarlet by Alisa at Picture us Reading here.


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