Book Review

Scarlet

After reading Cinder, I couldn’t wait to get started on this book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Sci-Fi, YA

Publication Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Feiwel & FriendsSeries:

The Lunar Chronicles #2

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. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about 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.

This book follows in the footsteps of Cinder, and builds off it. It takes the bones of Little Red Riding Hood and turns it into a fast-paced, high-tech adventure. I liked how the stories merged and the characters had to eventually work together towards a common goal.

Unlike the traditional story, Scarlet isn’t a helpless girl. She’s got her own flaws, but she’s definitely no damsel in distress. She’s self-sufficient, brave, quick-thinking, and willing to do anything to find her grandmother. I immediately liked her, even if she did have a short temper.

Thorne was definitely my favorite character in the book. I wasn’t sure about him at first, but he turned out to be hilarious. He was surprisingly open-minded, incredibly charming, witty, and especially helpful. Plus, I always love a character who can make me laugh out loud while I’m reading (even if I get weird looks from people around me).

The pacing was even faster than the last book, and I flew through the story just as quickly. As soon as I was done, I was left with a strong urge to request the next book in the series, but one look at my towering TBR pile made me put that urge on the back burner for now. I like the writing style, and the clever twist on the played-out stories that I grew up with. I’m all about finding out what happens next in the series!

People who have sat around with me while I’m reading, especially when there’s a surprising reveal, a shocking plot twist, or an unexpected event often look up in alarm when I gasp audibly. The gasp factor is directly related to the number of times I audibly gasp during a reading, and there isn’t an upper limit.

Gasp Factor: 8

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