Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
By: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fairy Tale Retellings
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.
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Scarlet is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. You can find my review of book 1, Cinder, here. This time we’re dealing with the tale of Red Riding Hood, of course. Cinder, Kai and Iko are still all present and accounted for but now we meet some new faces. Firstly, we have Cinder’s inmate pal/accomplice, Carswell Thorne. To me, he is the criminal equivalent of Joey Tribbiani from FRIENDS. A tad dim in some ways but lovable despite his lady killer tendencies. Adorably clueless a lot of the time. Hilarious 98% of the time. You can’t help but like him, even if he is a thief.
Next up is Scarlet Benoit, our Red Riding Hood. She’s a farmer, a pilot, a genuinely badass female with a barbed tongue who isn’t afraid to speak up for what she believes in. I dare you to try and dislike her for her abrasiveness. It won’t work. You’ll be too busy being blown away by her bravery and strength of character. And then we have Wolf. Yes, he’s the big bad wolf. Yes, he’s yummy and broody and mysterious and dangerous and all things the bad boy persona should be. Mostly, though, his character just breaks my heart. To me, he is a lost little boy in need of love and acceptance. He and Scarlet are drawn to each other from the moment they meet, neither of them able to ascertain why they’re attracted like magnets to the other.
Meyer crafts an exciting, action-packed tale that masterfully weaves each character’s story into one beautiful tapestry as things come to a head, our characters hurtling towards the climax of their individual arcs ramping up the tension and the danger as they crash into each other’s paths. I was on the edge of my seat throughout, waiting to see what would happen next. I love this series so far, the retellings of classic fairy tales with a dystopian/sci-fi twist is so fresh, it has me hooked. I highly recommend this book, go out and grab your copy now!