Scarlet

Scarlet

Book rating: 05 Paperback Lunar Chronicles

By (author) Marissa Meyer

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  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Format: Paperback | 505 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 46mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1250007216
  • ISBN 13: 9781250007216
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 7,110

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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.An NPR Best Book of 2013

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Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, "Cinder, "debuted on the "New York Times" bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.

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By Bryce 04 Aug 2014 5

Okay, much better! I loved "Cinder", but I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book a lot more. Scarlet is such a great character, and I love her and Wolf! I even felt that Cinder grew into her own, and became a much more likable character. All in all, the characters in this book are all perfect, and none of them are annoying or irrelevant (except for the ones that are supposed to be annoying *cough* Pearl, Adri, and Queen Levana *cough* *cough*)
Let's talk about Wolf. Even though there were parts that I doubted his character, he soon proved himself swoon-worthy. I love Scarlet and his relationship! Don't get me wrong, I love Prince Kai, but if I have to admit that Wolf takes the prize for "hottest character". I actually am also secretly in love with Thorne (shhh). He's so adorable and clueless.
The characters are definitely my favorite part of this book, but the plot was twisting and turning like a roller coaster. Scarlet is way less predictable than Cinder was. I found myself hanging on every word, wondering what was going to happen next.
Overall, this is a good read, and I recommend it to almost anyone! If you read Cinder and didn't really enjoy it as much as you thought, hang on! It gets better! I can't wait until Cress, and I hope it continues to impress me as much as this book did!

By Brenna Staats 25 Feb 2014 5

I loved Cinder, and I have no idea why I put off reading this one for so long. Admittedly I was anxious about a few things - whether Scarlet would be a lackluster sequel in comparison to Cinder, whether I'd adapt to the change in characters, and whether I had suffered from too a futuristic, sci-fi YA overload.

Thankfully, none of these potential problems came up for me! In fact, I'd even say that I loved Scarlet more than Cinder - the character change ended up being ideal for me, and there was just enough Cinder to keep me happy and focused on the overarching plot of the series.

Reasons to Read:

1. A fresh cast of characters while keeping familiar favourites:

The main reason I loved this sequel to Cinder so much? Scarlet. I related so well to her, in ways I'll never relate to Cinder. As much as I liked reading about Cinder, Scarlet reminded me so much of myself (and it helps that she's a little bit older than Cinder, too). I loved her commitment to her grandmother, and her willingness to stand apart from the crowd. And Wolf was ESPECIALLY surprising and intriguing. But I was equally grateful that Cinder played a prominent role in the story, along with Kai (and others)! Plus, we get Thorne on top of all of this. He's the cherry on the Scarlet sundae. :)

2. Superb world-building:

Marissa Meyer's world in the Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourites to date from a YA book. You can tell by reading her books how much thought and preparation has gone into creating the setting, which only makes it feel more real and very present while you're reading it. Some big Lunar secrets are revealed, and Scarlet gives us a much better idea of exactly what's going on with Queen Levana's plans.

3. Strong relationships:

Relationships are one of the main focuses of Scarlet. And while there's a lot of swooning and romance, I especially appreciate the emphasis on strong friendships and familial relationships. It's so nice to see a wide variety of relationships being appreciated in a YA book, and I'm a big fan of the friendships we witness in Scarlet. Friendships are so important in life, and they get the credit they deserve here!

The hardest part about this book? I'm so attached to all the characters, and I wanted more time with each and every one of them. As a result, there were a few that didn't get the time I felt they deserved or needed for their story to develop as much as it could have - Kai, for example. And Wolf and Thorne as well, to a certain extent. They have fascinating stories all on their own and I know there just aren't enough pages for them... but I still feel like they could have used a bit more face time, although this is a fairly minor complaint.

I love that these books are ones I can recommend to so many readers, though! There seems to be a bit of something for every taste, and I expect that to continue with the next books as well. :) The Lunar Chronicles will be a new favourite and a new classic for YA fans.

ARC received from Raincoast Books for review; no other compensation was received.

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* "A great choice for all ages, with strong appeal for both girls and boys, these novels will be read and enjoyed--repeatedly." --VOYA, starred review * "It's another Marissa Meyer roller coaster ride, part science fiction/fantasy, part political machination with a hint of romance. Readers will be pushed into a horrific alternate universe where violence, especially mind manipulation and control, create ethical and life-threatening situations for both teens. With at least one more Lunar Chronicle to come, the suspense continues. And which fairy tale will Meyer morph next?" --"Booklist," starred review * "Returning fans of Meyer's "Cinder" will gladly sink their teeth into this ambitious, wholly satisfying sequel." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review "The author has stepped up the intrigue and plot from the first novel, and readers will be eagerly awaiting the next." --"School Library Journal""Further development of this futuristic world plus plenty of action, surprises, and a fast pace will keep readers invested in their journey." --"The Horn Book""The sci-fi elements are stronger than the fairy-tale allusions this time out, but the story remains just as absorbing. . . . Readers will be thrilled to discover that this steampunky fairy-tale/sci-fi mashup promises two more installments." --"BCCB"