Friday, August 9, 2013
Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer
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. ~ Goodreads
I enjoyed Cinder, Book #1 of the Lunar Chronicles, but I didn't love it. This is probably the most imaginative retelling of fairy tales that I have ever read but there was something about Cinder and especially Kai that left me feeling meh…whatever…instead of OMG what happens next. I had no intention of even continuing with the series until my friend, Julie, sent Scarlet to me in the mail.
I'm really glad she did because I loved this book. That can all be attributed to my love of Scarlet and Wolf. They are great characters on their own but dynamic together. The weaving of the Little Red Riding Hood tale was subtle but well done.
Wolf was a bit of a mystery and I enjoyed how layered his character was as I tried to uncover if he was indeed the big bad wolf trying to eat grandma or something else entirely.
As with Cinder, I think Scarlet misses a great opportunity by ignoring the location around them. Scarlet takes place in France (Cinder was New Beijing) but there isn't any local dialect or real descriptions of their surroundings. Despite knowing I'm reading about a far away/futuristic land…I can't see it in my mind. But at a long 452 pages already I'm not sure how you could do that anyway.
Cinder is still very much in the thick of things but with a new, hilarious, sidekick – Captain Thorne Carswell. I kept seeing him as a Harrison Ford/Hans Solo type in my head. He's funny and flirtatious but loyal when the chips are down. I loathe love triangles but for the first time I was hoping for one. Prince Kai better grow a pair soon or I will never buy into him and Cinder getting together. Kai is nice enough and I know he's on an emotional journey of his own but his decisions are flat out unproductive and stupid. Man up Prince Kai! lol
At times the plot feels like it veers away from resolution just for the sole purpose of weaving in the next fairy tale but again Meyer does it so well that I guess I'll just follow along for the ride.
Final thoughts: I had written this series off after feeling lukewarm about Cinder but Scarlet gave me the fast paced action, characters and depth I was looking for.
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