Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Spoiler Free)

December 30, 2017

“She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.” ― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

Another homerun Marissa Meyer!

I mean, I knew I would become absolutely enamored with The Lunar Chronicles when I picked up book one based on the reaction to the fans of the series, but GUYS, I am seriously in love. Which is a bit strange as I don’t tend to enjoy Sci-Fi books at all. I mean there have been exceptions such as Nyxia and Ender’s Game, but this takes Science Fiction to a whole new level. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is the second novel in the Lunar Chronicles series and it was even better than the first book, Cinder. The synopsis is as followed:

FROM GOODREADS: 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 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’m telling you, if you enjoyed book one, you will LOVE book 2. And that is for many  reasons. One definitely being the new characters of Thorne, Wolf, and of course Scarlet. The character of Thorne reminds me of a lot of cocky characters that we all love. He especially reminds me of Nikolai from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. This character likes to challenge Cinder and it was really great to see someone who made her check herself at times…but of course she’s Cinder and doesn’t care about his opinions.

“But I’m a wanted fugitive, like Cinder.” Thorne continued. “They do realise I’m missing, don’t they?”
“Maybe they’re grateful,” Cinder muttered.” ― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

The second main character of this series, Scarlet, is a bit of a…well she’s opinionated and a bit emotional, but I like her. At times, however, she did annoy me, but I get it. I mean she was stressed over her grandmother and this nervous wreck of a man by her side so it gets a bit…over the top, but it made for a fun book! Just like Cinder’s story had Cinderella attributes, Scarlet, of course, was Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet wore a red hood, hung around with Wolf, her grandmother was missing…you get the picture. However, don’t think Scarlet is a scared little girl. This fiery haired mademoiselle is a fighter and had some of the best action scenes in the book!

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As for Wolf, he is a bit of a mystery throughout the book. You don’t know what he is thinking most of the time, but I think you can see his true intentions near the end. Don’t give up on Wolf when you meet him…he may surprise you. There is a whole subplot going on with him and it makes for quite a heart racing few pages near the end. I’m just saying…you’ll want to read book 2 as soon as you finish the first one.

If you are wondering if Kai is still around, yeah he is. He’s over in New Beijing being the emperor and stuff while fighting the inner turmoil that is his feelings for Cinder. Quite an interesting POV if you ask me. Levanna is in book 2 as well. She’s being the royal tyrant we all love to hate. Everything Lunar makes my skin crawl especially in book 2, but I will let you experience that for yourself.

“Even in the future, beware of the big, bad wolf…” ― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

I usually don’t care for multiple point-of-view novels, but this series, along with some others (i.e. Throne of Glass)  does it very well. Meyer makes the POVs flow seamlessly and I never found myself wishing for one part to be over as I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. I think that if the whole book was simply in Cinder’s POV it would have gotten very boring very fast, but no…it was FANTASTIC.

Slowly, things are starting to click into place and make sense within the world. Secrets are being revealed and bonds are being formed. It is killing me not knowing things, but I know that the rest of the series will prove to be just as amazing as the first two. I really want Cinder and Thorne to grow closer, not necessarily a romantic relationship as I am still hoping for a Kai and Cinder romance, but I will take what I can get. In the next books I also want to see more Lunar tech as I think we have barely scratched the surface of it in Cinder and Scarlet. 

Overall, I give this book 5 stars just like the last one and I cannot wait to read Cress in the new year! If you have been wanting to read this series and just haven’t felt the need to pick it up, I highly suggest you do. It is so easy! Just go. Buy book 1 and see if you like it. Even if you aren’t a fan of Sci-fi, you may be a fan of the world of Lunar and Cyborgs, because how could you not?

Have you read Scarlet? Let me know what you thought in the comments down below!

Happy Reading!

– Haley

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