publisher: Puffin Books
Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed the case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.
Meanwhile, in New Bejing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.
As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner …
In (Very) Short:
+ the 2nd installment in the Lunar Chronicles series
+ science fiction retelling of fairy tales
+ different version of Little Red Riding Hood
+ while a new story line is introduced the old story line with Cinder still continues
+ wonderfully wicked, fun, entertaining, exiting – better than the first
The second installment in the Lunar Chronicles series is better than the first. I never had that before – either they are as good as the first or they are not that good. But Scarlet is. It’s more exiting, fast paced, it had twists and turns that I personally did not see coming, and it has a SciFi setting. But let’s start at the beginning – the cover! Oh my good I think the cover is gorgeous, beautiful, artistic, just perfect. Anyway. To the important stuff: the story.
Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and the police is doing nothing about it. So, Scarlet takes matters into her own hands, meets Wolf (the only one willing to help and the only one who believes her), is betrayed, and ends up in an even bigger mess. While she tries to figure out what happened to her grandmother, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that will change her world and that of Cinder.
I love the fact, that while a new fairy tale character and her story is introduced, Cinder’s story continues parallel to Scarlet’s. Thus the reader is somewhat satisfied as we were left with a cliffhanger at the end of book one. At the same time Meyer does not simply add a new story line but uses that to slowly complete the story world and Cinder’s past. It is inevitable yet interesting to see both story lines collide and form a new one.
Scarlet, unlike Cinder, is stubborn, strong-willed and minded, who has anger and trust issues, and despite her independent upbringing and nature, seems lost without her grandmother. Wolf, on the other hand, is quite mysterious and foreign, physically strong but is sometimes unsure and insecure. Just as Scarlet, I was not sure what to make of him and was surprised when his true nature was revealed.
The writing is vivid and fluent and I almost inhaled the pages. 30 pages were read in no time and felt like maybe two at best. The narration is fast paced, the arc of suspense is tense throughout the entire book and does not stop at the end. Though the cliffhanger is still bad, there is some small form of satisfactory conclusion that gives a little peace of mind. The whole story world and the overall story itself has still so much to offer, that I am exited and anxious to see how Meyer can wrap it up in the two more books she has planned for the series.
Fantastic continuation of the series with a new strong character, a new, exiting yet additional story line, old friends and spaceships. What more could you want. Go pick it up.