Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Length: 452 pages

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.


Protagonists: Meet Scarlet, a common produce delivery girl who is thrown into the action after her grandmother's suspicious disappearance. Now this ordinary girl, joined by a shady street fighter who only goes by Wolf, must track down her grandmother only to uncover deeper mysteries along the way. Cinder, having just escaped from prison needs to find out more about herself, about when she was only known as Princess Selene. I really loved seeing Cinder's resolve harden and for who to slowly grow into who she is... Scarlet's development comes from a strengthening of character and a decision on where to stand in the upcoming war.

Romance: While we unfortunately don't get to see much if any romance between Kai and Cinder in this book, we do get introduced to a new romance. Scarlet and Wolf, while to the outside world and yours truly they seemed very incompatible actually worked really well. I was surprised and relieved to discover that Marissa Meyer hasn't resorted to a love triangle yet, though she is treading dangerously close, which made the book so much better since there I could just root for the couple and not have to worry about it being torn to shreds by the introduction of another love interest.

World-Building: In this most recent installment we find out more about Cinder's past, though we are still left in the dark about many things, we do discover a bit more about her past, what happened to her after being smuggled out of Luna and why she can barely remember her life before being adopted. We also learn more about the Lunar Queen and her plans for Earth. We learn just how evil and heartless she can be when she feels provoked. Finally we learn that our two heroines are closer connected than we first may have thought.

Predictability: Unlike the previous installment, I was completely caught off guard for a large portion of the book. Initially I thought I may have been able to discover  some of the larger twists before they presented themselves, but as it turns out I was happily oblivious to many of the surprises that Ms. Meyer had in store for her readers. While there weren't really any game changers like when we learned that Cinder was Princess  Selene, we did get a good amount of smaller and very entertaining revelations.

Ending: While we didn't have a large cliffhanger, I was left pining for the next installment in this series. The end in a variety of scenes focusing on different character. The scenes wrapped up the character's arc in the story. My favorite ending scene was from the POV of our amazing villain and we get to finally see the land she rules with an iron fist... more or less. Even if I wasn't already obsessed with this series I could still see this ending leaving me wanting more.


I absolutely loved this book to pieces. While I was a little hesitant about giving it 5 crests because of its, at times confusing, perspective changes, however I decided that it was still so great that it truely deserved the rating I eventually gave it. While I know we still have Sci-Fi versions of Rapunzel and Snow White coming up I would love it if this author would put her Sci-Fi spin on my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, maybe as a companion novel or spin-off?

Question: What fairy-tale, besides the ones in this series, (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) would you like to see given a Sci-Fi twist? Leave your answer in the comments below! :)

P.S. If you haven't seen my June Wrap-Up and/or my July TBR yet, you can watch them here and here respectively.



  1. Finished this one today and I also gave it 5 stars. Definitely an amazing sequel. I wish we didn't have to wait so long for Cress and Winter but at least we can read Glitches and The Queen's Army, which are the novellas. Beauty and the Beast could be a good adaptation, but I'd like to see Sleeping Beauty, which could have some real potential. Funny how Cinder actually had her own Sleeping Beauty moment. That just floored me. Great review!

  2. I still haven't gotten to this. I have a copy but I just have so much to read! I loved the first book, so I'm sure I'll love this one, too!

  3. I liked this one even better than Cinder & I just ordered Cress!