Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
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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.
Last year I absolutely fell in love with Cinder, and I even did something I never do – I reread it this year before reading Scarlet. I have so many books I need to read that I never get to reread books, so that should tell you how much I loved it. Scarlet was an excellent sequel to Cinder and I loved it almost as much.
For this installment, the POV isn’t just from Cinder, but also from Scarlet who lives in France with her grandmother who is missing, so be warned if you are weird about switching POVs. Every now and then I got caught up in one of the girls’ POVs and got confused for a split second when it switched (easier to do with audio). The reader was pretty good, but I wasn’t certain about her accent for Scarlet. I wasn’t sure what she was going for, it didn’t really sound French like her friend’s did.
I really enjoy the imagery that Marissa is able to create and the characters are so real. Iko is one of my favorite secondary characters ever (along with Zuzana in Daughter of Smoke and Bone). Carswell Thorne was interesting and I look forward to seeing more of him (plus his first name is my last name! How cool is that?) and I really like Scarlet since she is another strong female character.
The spin that Marissa has taken on these fairy tales and mixed them with elements of science fiction and Sailor Moon is incredibly wonderful and imaginative. I can’t wait to read the rest of them and I really wish I didn’t have to wait so long!
Imaginative, great characters, wonderful descriptions, alternating POV.