Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

June 25, 2013 Book 1

Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fairy Tale Retellings

Series: Lunar Chronicles, #2

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Publication Date: February 5th 2013

Source: Own

Goodreads Summary:

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

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.

My thoughts:

Scarlet basically knocked my socks off!

I read Cinder a few months back, but I was not prepared to face the epicness that is Scarlet.

What really made this book different from the first one, was the alternating points of view. Marissa Meyer found a way to flawlessly portray not one, not two, but three, four and even five points of view without as much as stuttering. She made it seem effortless the way she could introduce us to Scarlet’s POV, then Cinder’s, then Thorne’s, then Kai’s, then sexy sexy Wolf’s, and, even the evil ugly, bitchy, queen, Levana.  The way each character’s personality flowed out of the pages, while still portraying Scarlet and Cinder’s story was amazing.

The author could really make the readers feel emotionally immersed in her book. In Cinder’s chapters, there was a prevalent feeling of adrenaline, laced with instincts of survival; I felt myself as calculating and concentrated as Cinder felt when trying to escape from prison.

She reluctantly accepts the “help” of Captain Thorne, one of the most humorous characters in the story. Thank God there wasn’t a dreaded love-triangle here, I don’t know if I could have handled it. Thorne and Cinder’s relationship doesn’t center so much on romance, but more on camaraderie and dependence on each other to survive. Their interactions with each other were so hilarious.

“Well,” Cinder finally grumbled. “I guess that was pretty fast thinking.”

A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

Meanwhile, in Scarlet’s POV, there was a certain sense of desperation and uncertainty. Desperation, because her grandmother was missing and she needed to find her; uncertainty, because she didn’t know if she should trust the help that Wolf is willing to give her.

Wolf… Wolf Wolf, Wolf, Wolf, Wolf…. my beautiful baby!

Wolf was such a great character! Since this story is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling, you KNOW that there’s always a big bad wolf, and that’s exactly what we see in Wolf. He’s a street fighter, scary, menacing, intimidating…. but he has a soft side. He’s also charming and sweet, and when he smiles… *drools*. Wolf is the hardest character to decipher, even when you’re reading the story from his POV. That’s what made me like him most of all. He was the most mysterious and surprising character of all.

Scarlet doesn’t stay behind either. She’s headstrong and impulsive, but those are her best traits. That’s what makes her the badass that she is. Scarlet is amazing at what she does, and she is no longer“Little Red”  in this story. Here, Scarlet carries a gun, and knows how to use it! Plus she can fly a spaceship, and break someone’s nose in a bar fight; yeah, she’s awesome.

At the end of the story, Marissa Meyer makes this book even better: she makes all the stories collide in a mind-blowing-holy-crap-what-just-happened ending.

The ending will be AMAZING, but SO unsatisfying, as you’ll want to pick up the next book immediately.

Overall, this book was so much better than the first, and doesn’t suffer at all from the dreaded “second book syndrome”, if you still haven’t picked up this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Note: *You’ll want to read the short story “The Queen’s Army”, because it’s completely relevant to this book.

Rating: 5 stars

it was amazing

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