Written by Marissa Meyer
Published by Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: 2013-02-05
Genres: Dystopian, Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Audible, Purchased
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Challenges: End of the World Challenge, Finish this Series Challenge, TBR Pile Challenge
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.
“Unique. I couldn’t put it down! A must read!”
Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series and it is my favorite (I’ve also read Cress) so far! I absolutely love this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood! Ms. Meyer has a way of merging both stories – Cinder ( a retelling of Cinderella) and Scarlet. It is seamlessly done and very well written.
Scarlet focuses on the story of Scarlet Benoit (Little Red Riding Hood) and Wolf in relation to the whole series. Scarlet’s grandmother, Michelle Benoit an Imperial Pilot (or something) has gone missing and she is frantic! With the authorities not helping her, Scarlet is distraught. Enter Wolf, who claims to be a street fighter looking for a job. He finally convinces to help Scarlet look for her grandmother in Paris, France, nd the two journey. Eventually, Wolf’s true nature is revealed. In this book, Cinder also escapes and manages to bring along a prisoner named Captain Thorne! And I just love Captain Thorne! But more on that later.
What I love about this book is it’s uniqueness. A futuristic dystopian world as the backdrop of the retelling of one of our childhood fairy tales? Be still my heart! Again, I cannot express my love for this book! I was able to finish this book fairly quickly because of the fast paced plot. I actually love that it was told in Scarlet and Wolf’s POV. It does make it a little confusing but I was able to follow through without any problem. Throughout the book, we are also shown bits of Emperor Kai’s dilemma and struggle to appease Queen Levana.
I like the subtle hints of fairy tale it was based off on. Like Scarlet’s red hoodie, and Wolf being actually a wolf hybrid, a LUNAR wolf hybrid created by Queen Levana to be mindless killing machine. The shift from Wolf double crossing Scarlet to his later change in the end was superbly done that I even shed a few tears. When Wolf defied the Thaumaturge (?) who controlled him to save Sacrlet, it was epic!
We also see a lot of revelations here. As we all know (spoiler alert) Cinder is Princess Selene. The book also explores how Cinder became a cyborg (don’t you just love that word?) and what Michelle Benoit’s true role was in her salvation. With Thorne tagging along, Cinder manages to save Scarlet and Wolf, with Cinder showing how powerful she really is when she was able to control a Thaumaturge.
This book is well written with awesome world building and character development. A definite must read!
Narrated by Rebecca Soler, the audiobook is just fantastic! I love the young tone of her voice that she used for each of the characters. My ultimate favorite is her voice for Iko! So cute and despite being a teeny bit annoying, I think it works! Again, Ms. Soler’s narration added another depth to the story and made me enjoy the book more!