Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Square Fish
Date published: February 4, 2014
Page Count: 454 + 51 bonus material = 505
Source: Personal purchase.
Summary: Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does―in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
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.
Just as I was not let down by Cinder, the prequel to Scarlet, so I was also not let down by this fantastic sequel!
I thought that Meyer would be unable to make me be more “on the edge of my seat” as I had felt in Cinder, but I’d been wrong. Scarlet while being a thicker book, is also more fast-paced. It follows three storylines simultaneously, which I really like…although this also frustrates me, because I always get attached to a character and their situation, and become distraught when I’m torn away and made to follow the actions of a different character. This, by the way, is not a negative aspect of this book, but rather an overall issue I have with books that follow multiple storylines. Maybe I’m weird. Who knows?
Meyer did not disappoint when it comes to her characters,
as they were as three-dimensional as in the previous novel, if not more so. I also enjoyed the character development taking place in each individual as the story progresses. The only negative comment I may have in regard to character, is that I found myself catching on a lot quicker than some of them. It became a little annoying having to wait for them to catch up (and for those of you who have read my review for William Ritter’s Ghostly Echoes, you will find that I had the same issues with the characters in that book also).
As for the world building in Scarlet, I found that while I still found myself easily immersed in the world of The Lunar Chronicles, I found that Cinder contains a lot more descriptions in regard to setting. I found that New Beijing felt more real than any of the settings in Scarlet because of this (with one exception).
Despite some of the points I’ve made, however, I found this book to be highly enjoyable, and a lot more action and romance packed than Cinder!
I cannot wait to see what the next book in the series holds in store for me!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rear view mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg.
Marissa writes books for teens, including the NYT bestselling series: The Lunar Chronicles.
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