“A flicker of kindness passed over him and he pointed at his temple. ‘You’ll want to aim for the head. That usually makes for a fatal shot. Or, if your feeling shaky, the torso. Bigger target.’”
— Marissa Meyer, Scarlet
By: Claire Rankin
Scarlet was released in February of 2013 so like most of our titles it has been on shelves for awhile. However, that doesn’t mean that it is any less of a quality read. Oh and don’t worry I won’t reveal any spoilers! So here we go :-).
Scarlet opens, almost immediately, where Cinder left off giving readers very little time to recover from the climatic ending of Marissa Meyer’s first installment of The Lunar Chronicles. While the action begins quickly with Linh Cinder, Meyer does a beautiful job of weaving Scarlet Benoit’s story into the present plot line and while it may seem, at times, slow the reader’s patience will be rewarded in full.
After the buzz surrounding the girl at the ball, Cinder is one on everyone’s mind including the wonderful Kai, who finds her nearly impossible to forget. Meanwhile, Queen Levana is still attempting to make her moves onto Earth, as treacherous as ever. Cinder continues to get a grip on her gift and there is a whole new kind of threat from Luna to worry about. This sequel in The Lunar Chronicles does its predecessor justice by introducing new characters while keeping already beloved ones close to the readers heart.
Cinder returns with a spunky attitude, Lunar gift, and handy new hand. Kai makes an exhausting entrance as his new post wears him down to the bone and a new issues threatens his kingdom. Ike returns in a her body she dislikes though her humor adds much needed fun to the stressed atmosphere abroad the Rampion. New characters such as Carswell Thorne the charismatic American captain of the Rampion add some humor. Meanwhile, Scarlet Benoit the feisty farm girl who finds herself wrapped up in Lunar politics, and Wolf, the street fighter with many secrets, bring new life to the story of the cyborg orphan who yearns for a family.
Scarlet delivers the reader a thrilling new story with humor and romance. As always we wish for you all to get second opinions so please see what other had to say:
“Returning fans of Meyer’s Cinder will gladly sink their teeth into this ambitious, wholly satisfying sequel.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The sci-fi elements are stronger than the fairy-tale allusions this time out, but the story remains just as absorbing. . . . Readers will be thrilled to discover that this steampunky fairy-tale/sci-fi mashup promises two more installments.” ―BCCB
“The author has stepped up the intrigue and plot from the first novel, and readers will be eagerly awaiting the next.” ―School Library Journal
If you find the review for Scarlet tantalizing, please check out our review for Cinder as well. Both Cinder and Scarlet can be found in books stores such as Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and others near you. Hope you all have fun reading even if it isn’t Scarlet! Enjoy your books all! 🙂