Summary: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.
When I read Cinder – Marissa Meyer’s debut – last year, I won’t hesitate to admit that while I liked it, I didn’t really love it as much as some of my fellow bloggers. However, despite my ambivalence about the first book, I was determined to give Marissa’s series another try, and I am so glad I did.
Scarlet starts up right where Cinder left off – Cinder has been arrested, and is looking for a way to get out of jail – even though by doing so she’s going to be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
However, Meyer also seamlessly integrates the story of Scarlet Benoit, who lives halfway around the world in France taking care of her family’s farm. But her grandmother is missing, and she’s the only one who can find her…
Cinder and Scarlet’s stories end up intertwining in a brilliant and entertaining way as the two must come to face the fact that the power-hungry Queen Levana will give up nothing until she has control of Earth, and that Cinder and Scarlet might be the only ones willing to put a stop to her.
As for Scarlet, I loved her character just as much – if not more – than Cinder. Scarlet is a very strong female protagonist in my opinion; yet in a completely different way than the intelligent and reserved Cinder. She’s incredibly brave and spunky, with a loyalty to those she loves that I found admirable.
As protagonists, Cinder and Scarlet complement each other extremely well. They’re both two completely different people with two completely different personalities and ways of looking at the world – Cinder being quiet and thoughtful and Scarlet being fiery and impulsive – but they’re both equally strong heroines regardless, and together they are truly unstoppable.
While I was a bit indifferent towards the romance between Prince Kai and Cinder in the first book, I found myself absolutely shipping the romance between Scarlet and Wolf, the mysterious street-fighter whose intentions are – to say the least – quite questionable. The chemistry between the two of them is wonderfully written and real, and the way Meyer manages to avoid instalove or any other romantic cliches was extremely impressive.
The spunky and fiery Scarlet has secured her spot in my heart, just the way Cinder did before her. Meyer proves herself to be a completely capable writer, and the way she was able to combine the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella while adding an extra layer of science fiction was absolutely pheonominal, and I can’t recommend this series enough.