Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Published Year: 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
The Lunar Chronicles
Cinder (TLC #1)
Cress (TLC #3)
Winter (TLC #4)
"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.
Ahem. If you'll recall from long, long ago with my review of Cinder, that I'm (sort of) participating in The Lunar Chronicles Re(re)ad Along in preparation for the Winter release that was actually last week. So you can tell how excellent of a job I'm doing with the promptness of these posts seeing as this is book numero dos. Now, as this is book two, if you haven't read book one, there are probably some spoilers for that one. I won't spoil you for book two, but no promises on book one!
I'll be honest, my first time reading Scarlet, I wasn't the biggest fan of her character. That said, I'm so thankful for this reread along, because I liked her so much more this time around. I don't know why, but I just did. I also had no memory of any event in this book, it was like a gaping hole in my memory. If you asked me about facts from the series, I could tell you about Cinder and I could tell you about Cress. If it happened in Scarlet, I just didn't know about it. Anyway, if Scarlet annoyed you the first time around, give her another chance, apparently she grows on you.
One of my favorite things about TLC is the page time all of the main characters get in the books that aren't "theirs". Even though this is Scarlet's book, Cinder gets just as much screen time. MM does an excellent job of weaving all the story lines together, of course, and I can't wait to revisit them in Cress and see where they culminate in Winter!
My only complaint is that with the introduction of so many characters is that we don't get to go deep enough with any of them. I feel like we're getting a mile wide and a foot deep, when I want to go a foot wide and a mile deep. I want to know all! I'm sure this will just get worse as we introduce more characters, though the books do get longer, so maybe there's still hope!
4 out of 5 stars