Book Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Posted July 19, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 16 Comments

Book Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel and Friends on February 5th, 2013
Genres: retellings, science fiction, young adult
Pages: 454
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

In case you are curious – here is my review of Cinder, which I read prior to joining Great Imaginations in January. Here is the run down – three stars, love Kai, confused by Cinder, upset about the transparent plot twist.

Scarlet picks up right after Cinder, and the author wastes no time in steeping her readers back into the world of the cyborg Cinderella.  I like the idea surrounding the setting, but, at times, the world building is a bit shotty.  It seems that details about the history of the world is slowly delved out to the readers.  I would love a little background information on the attitudes and the culture of this new world.  It has a some real potential, but I always feel frustrated at the lack of world building. I also don’t understand some of the logic behind the new concepts in this novel.  However, I did enjoy the glimpse of the Lunar culture.

Character-wise, I enjoyed the additions to the cast of characters.  Wolf was a great addition to the cast, and Thorne even carried his own weight.  I was a bit disappointed that Kai was thrusts to the side (even Cinder took a backseat in the sequel).  The only issue I found, character-wise, was that Cinder and Scarlet’s nearly identical traits and voices.  Both girls shared so many qualities that I never saw a difference in how they were presented.  I liked Cinder and I liked Scarlet, but I feel that we need another female role that stems away from the “angry, aggressive” female type.

Don’t get me wrong – I did like the novel.  The second book in the series packed in more action, and the overall plot of the series seems to be set on a course.  I won’t lie at all: I believe that this series is about to become grittier and will begin to turn up the awesome level. I generally like the direction that plot is heading.  It seems that this book is setting the scene for bigger and better things for the rag-tag group. If nothing else, this series is a fun read, and it was hard to put it down as the story progressed.

In the end, I hope to see the world building start to show through for the series.  I do enjoy the characters and the culture, but at times, I feel a bit disconnected from the universe inside the books.  However, this series is worth the anticipation, and I am excited to see what is going to happen next for Cinder and co.



16 responses to “Book Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

  1. Jaz

    I think my issue with Cinder was the lack of context behind a lot of the political issues, especially around how the countries became the way they did.

    Cinder was meh for me which is why I haven’t read Scarlet yet, and it seems the world building hasn’t improved :/

    I might get around to it eventually.

  2. Amy

    I still have to read this one, but I loved Cinder. It’s too bad that the world building is still a bit lacking, but I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  3. This review gives me feels. I really like Cinder, and I’m so not up for Scarlet being a meh read. Especially with Kai and Cinder shoved to the side AND similar voices if Scarlet and Cinder. *cries* Someone hold me!

  4. I didn’t particularly care for either novel, and the interstitial novella that they marked 1.5 COMPLETELY spoils who/what wolf is if you read in that order.

    I thought Wolf was sexy, though

  5. Interesting take, Lyn! I liked Cinder well enough, but was also disappointed with some of the world-building. I was hoping for more of it in Scarlet. *sigh* I’m encouraged by how many people liked it that I might as well, so we’ll see. I’m going to re-read Cinder shortly then move on to Scarlet. Hopefully we’ll both enjoy Cress and Winter!

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