Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Cress, Fairest, Winter
Released by Puffin on 5 February 2013
Genres: Fairytale Retellings, Science Fiction
This is not the fairytale you remember.
But it’s one you won’t forget.
Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her 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 Beijing, 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.
Though the previous book in this series was a bit predictable, I wanted to continue this series. I loved the idea behind the story, modern (or actually futuristic) version of well known fairy tales (Cinderella, Red Riding Hood); I have always found fairy tales interesting, and I just love modern retellings of my favourites (I am still looking for a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, so if you know a good one, let me know!).
Scarlet is just as awesome as Cinder, though a lot less predictable in my opinion. There were some tiny parts that might be a bit predictable, but I just decided to not let that get to me anymore, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the story.
In this book, we meet Scarlet, a French girl whose grandmother has been abducted (at least, that’s what she thinks). She meets Wolf (what a nice name) and together they try to find the bad guys, and get her grandmother back. Of course, the main character from the previous book is not forgotten. We follow Cinder as she breaks out of prison, and becomes the most wanted fugitive on the planet.
Obviously that means that the book is told from multiple point of views, and you all know how much I dislike that. But I ended up liking it in this book anyway (I think I might be getting used to multiple POV’s, help!), but I found the chapters from Kai’s POV, and the tiny part from Levana’s POV a bit unnecassary.
The other thing that I didn’t really like was the good-guy-who-turned-out-to-be-the-bad-guy-who-then-becomes-a-proper-good-guy thing. (I think y’all know who/what I am talking about right now?). It’s basically like this, the main character meets the guy (or girl). They go to the bad guys to rescue MC’s loved ones/get the secret formula/kick the bad guy’s backside, etc. Good guy tries to stop MC from going, but MC’s a stubborn person and goes anyway. They fall in love, they kiss. They get to their destination, and good guy turns out to be working for the bad guy. Or being the bad guy himself. MC is captured, and hates the ‘good’ guy. ‘Good’ guy ends up saving the MC from getting killed, or w/e, they flee and live happily ever after (okay maybe not that).
One day, I hope to read a book where the ‘good’ guy ends up being the bad guy and STAYS the bad guy.
Anyway, I really like Marissa Meyer’s writing, it’s easy to read and though I took my time finishing the book (I had three other books I was reading at the same time, oops), the times that I was reading this book I was reading through it quickly. I can’t wait for Cress, which comes out in February 2014, and I hope I will enjoy it as much as the previous two books.