Scarlet by Marissa Meyer review

I wrote quite the gushy review of book one in the Lunar Chronicles series Cinder. An excellent start to a series, it was a sci-fi, YA read with a fairy tale spin. Cinderella like it was but also weaving quite the futuristic tale with excellent characters.

Marissa Meyer


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.


I was looking forward to Scarlet, what kind of sequel was I in for I wondered. A good one, this however was more Little Red Riding Hood focused. While enjoyable it was no Cinder a hard one to top for sure.

Scarlet has rather slow pacing and being a rather long book it was some time before anything happened. At first I kept wondering who this Scarlet was, where is my Cinder I want to know about her. The perceptive would switch between between the two and in time Scarlet came to grow on me. Her love for her grandmother who had gone missing and then love interest Wolf coming into the picture but again with the pacing I did not blaze through this one.

Cinder was busy escaping from prison and had a new sidekick, Scarlet was trying to figure out where her grand-mere had disappeared to and this happened over about 400 pages. The last 50 or so was finally when the two met up and we got to know exactly how it is that Scarlet was relevant to Cinder’s story.

I enjoyed this one and naturally want to know how book 3 will turn out. Due to the pacing of this one though I shall wait for book 4 which I believe will be the last in the series and then reread the first two followed by book 3 and 4 as the long gaps between sequels makes for the occasional confusing moment.

Marissa Meyer has created an excellent series and I am hooked on the story. Book two is not as good as book one but I shall see the series through because Cinder is a character who’s story I must know.

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