“Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)” by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Fairy Tale Re-telling
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
- I liked Scarlet. She was feisty, strong and not willing to back down.
- I liked Wolf well enough but I didn’t like his and Scarlet’s instalove. I was also a bit unsure of what exactly he was. Is he human? Is he a Lunar? Is he some kind of wolf-human hybrid?
- It was cool to see how crazy Levana was. She really wasn’t going to stop at anything to get Cinder.
- It’s terrifying that people are letting her. I do understand that she’s able to “trick” people but it’s pretty clear what her intentions are. I feel like someone besides Cinder should be catching on and trying to stop her. Come on, how many governments do we have on Earth? Shouldn’t someone stand up to her?
- The story was very much a middle-of-series book. I really felt like Cinder’s storyline didn’t progress too far. She broke out of jail and found Scarlet. That was kind of it. I can see how Meyer was able to lay some pieces into place for the storyline .
The bottom line? I liked it but it wasn’t super duper amazing.