ScarletÂ is the second book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, and it picks up right where the first book,Â Cinder, leaves off. Â CinderÂ is a futuristic, science fictiony retelling of Â the Cinderella story, with a cyborg heroine and an increasingly sinister plot led by the Lunar queen against the leaders of Earth. Â Scarlet, as you might suspect, retells Â the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, and I have to say that despite how much I really enjoyedÂ Cinder, I was wondering how on earth Meyer was going to Â mesh together those two fairy tales in a way that made sense. Well, she did it. Â 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. Â Cinder manages to escape her prison cell with Carswell Thorne, a wannabe swashbuckler who just happens to have a stolen ship nearby. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â She never came across as stupid, though, just desperate to save the one thing that stabilizes her life. Â 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. Â 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 aÂ greatÂ cliffhanger. Â 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. Â They’re really, really enjoyable.
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