Review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

25 06 2013

It is exactly 1:16 am and I have just finished Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Oh, boy. I have a LOT to say about this book! But before I start gushing about how amazing it is, you all probably want to know about the book right?

“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“. (Description from Goodreads)

Scarlet is the sequel to the New York Times Best Seller, Cinder, and tells the tale of Parisian farm girl Scarlet Benoit, Linh Cinder, and Prince Emperor Kai.

Scarlet is a fiesty girl who isn’t afraid to speak her mind when she sees something wrong. From defending Cinder after seeing the poor cyborg girl on the netscreen to her passion for finding her grandmother, Scarlet does everything she can to make things right. I loved the spunk of this girl and her strength and determmination to find her grandmother. Not many people would jump both off and on a moving train in the hopes of finding their possibly dead grandmother. That’s love, people.

Of course I can’t mention Scarlet without bringing up her love interest, the devilishly wild and absolutely yummy Wolf. Wolf is a somewhat clueless man who defended Scarlet after a particularly nasty fight at a local resteraunt (tavern?). Half the time he came off as sweet and gentle, like a giant huggable Bambi or something, but when he got angry or caught up in a fight, the wilder animalistic side of him took over and he proved his namesake right. I loved the innocence and ignorance he showed when interacting with Scarlet. From his first time eating fresh tomatos to that innocent kiss, he captured my heart! That being said, the wilder part of him that he could barely control when it came out, was also impressive. With apparent super strength and ruthless animal instincts, he becomes a cold blooded killer. You definitely don’t want to run into this Wolf alone in the woods.

For all you Cinder fans, you’ll be happy to know that her story takes place right where it left off in the end of book one, with just a little twist. It starts off introducing Cadet Captain Carswell Thorne (he is a bit touchy with the whole captain thing) inside the New Beijing prison. In her attempt to escape, Cinder accidentally falls into his cell and he ends up tagging along in her escape.

Cinder goes through a lot in this book. She’s struggling with her new identity as Princess Selene and learning to deal with her Lunar gift (I.E. being able to brainwash/control people). Not to mention the fact that the guy she kind of loves not only found out she was a Lunar but also a cyborg and threw her in prison. She’s confused and is trying to figure out what she wants to do next. I really felt for Cinder in this book. The poor girl was a wanted fugitive by both the entire Earth and Luna. I have to admit that she really steps up from her situation and tries her best to stay ahead of the curve. Many heroines would probably sit somewhere and hide, hoping for the best, but Cinder strives for answers. She puts herself out there, knowing that the entire planet is looking for her, and does everything she can to figure out what happened to her eleven years ago. In my opinion, she got way more bad ass.

And what about dear Captain Thorne? He reminded me of a cross between Han Solo and Captain Jack Harkness (from Doctor Who & Torchwood for all you non scifi people, but seriously, you should check those shows out!). Thorne was charming, comical, and absolutely fun in an otherwise grim situation. I always looked forward to his playful bantering with Cinder. The poor girl needs a bit of humor in her life, whether she wants it or not. Do I see him as a love interest for Cinder? Honestly, no way. He’s more like the goofy sidekick, but I love him to death for it!

Speaking of sidekicks, Cinder’s android friend Iko returns BIGGER and better than ever! (You see what I did there?) Her drama loving best friend is put into the hardware of the giant spaceship Captain Thorne stole and you can bet there were more laughs to go around. Between Iko and Thorne, that ship had all kinds of fun! (I kind of want to be on that spaceship.)

As for Kai? The poor guy is stressed out more than an honor student the night before finals day. And I don’t blame him! When you have an evil moon queen threatening war against your planet if you don’t find the girl you were into and turn her over to probably die, you’d be stressed out too. Not to mention that said psycho queen also wants to marry you so she can kill you after her coronation and take over the planet anyways. The poor guys has got a LOT of problems and no easy solution. Of all the characters, he is the only one who still has no idea that Cinder is really Princess Selene. And with only one clear choice left to be made, I’m sorry to say that Kai is probably in the worst position out of all the characters in the story. Where’s a moon princess when you need one? Heading towards Africa in a spaceship controlled by her android best friend with a wolfman, crazy ginger, and the world’d biggest flirt.

As far as plot is concerned, Meyer was able to weave another breath taking story that kept me guessing what would happen next. I couldn’t put the book down about twenty pages in and even stayed up until almost 2am just so I could give this book the best review I could while it was still fresh in my brain. The world of The Lunar Chronicles is as breath-taking and captivating as it was when Cinder first came out and I promise that Scarlet will not disappoint.

I give this book five out of five stars. It was complete perfection and I wouldn’t change it in any way! I can’t wait for the next book to come and see where the author takes this odd group of revolutionaries.



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One response

27 11 2013

this book is really good i would recommend it to any one

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