Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

September 27, 2013 Books, Reading, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Scarlet is the second book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, and it picks up right where the first book, Cinder, leaves off.  Cinder is a futuristic, science fictiony retelling of  the Cinderella story, with a cyborg heroine and an increasingly sinister plot led by the Lunar queen against the leaders of Earth.  Scarlet, as you might suspect, retells  the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, and I have to say that despite how much I really enjoyed Cinder, I was wondering how on earth Meyer was going to  mesh together those two fairy tales in a way that made sense. Well, she did it.  She manages to bring Cinder and Scarlet together despite being so very different and from literally opposite sides of the world, and she did it in a way that makes perfect sense and drives the series plot forward really, really well. Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing, and in her desperation to find her, she runs across Wolf, a very strange young man with superhuman strength and agility and some serious issues.  Cinder manages to escape her prison cell with Carswell Thorne, a wannabe swashbuckler who just happens to have a stolen ship nearby.  It’s really difficult to summarize the plot without spoiling it, which is why that synopsis just sucked. I really adore the futuristic world that Meyer has built for this series, and the physical and mental changes in the Lunars are really interesting.  It’s particularly interesting to watch Cinder try to adapt to her newfound abilities and reconcile that outsider status with her current outsider status as a cyborg.  Scarlett’s headstrong determination to do what she thinks is right and save her grandmother makes her pretty likable even when she’s doing stuff that as a reader seems really stupid.  She never came across as stupid, though, just desperate to save the one thing that stabilizes her life.  Wolf… Wolf was never fleshed out quite as much as I’d like him to be, but that’s mostly because he’s not a point of view character, and the reader only knows what Scarlett knows about this mysterious young man.  I’m hoping/expecting to find out more about him in the next book in the series. The book ends in a cliffhanger, but man, it’s a great cliffhanger.  I’m champing at the bit to read the next book. If you’re looking for an exciting, thoughtful YA series that has a heavy dose of science fiction and wonderful characters, pick up the Lunar Chronicles books.  They’re really, really enjoyable.