The Lunar Chronicles continues with the second novel, Scarlet. We left off with Cinder in a bit of trouble – check out my review of Cinder (the first book in this series) Here!
“Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.”
If you have read Cinder and from the snippet above you clearly understand that Scarlet is based off the fairy tale Red Riding hood. Scarlett’s grandmother goes missing and Scarlett sets out to find her only to gain the companionship of a fellow man named Wolf.
Now, my first reaction to the name Wolf wasn’t good. Really just naming him the big bad wolf so we know where he stands in story. Then I was sceptical of his role, is he a werewolf, shapeshifter, how was he going to fit in the story? However, the more you get into the novel you realize Wolf is just a nickname and he is really interwoven into the overall story arc which continues in Cress and Winter. Be Patient.
Point of View
Along with Scarlett’s story you still get to keep tabs on Cinder, Kai and another gentleman that goes by the Captain!
Marissa Meyer’s does a great job of progressing each storyline by switching back to each character every now and then. It adds more elements to the story and keeps things interesting for the reader
The introduction of The Captain aka Carswell Thorne was an interesting one. At first I didn’t really like him. I felt like he might hold Cinder back or end up messing up her plans. Overtime he grew on me and he is rather entertaining. What were your first thoughts on The Captain? (I talk more about him in Cress!)
Marissa Meyer’s does a good job of building up the crescendo until the last possible moment. I know that I knocked Cinder down a number because it was a slow start, but everything happened at the end. However, in this second book you follow three different storylines and waiting for everyone to cross paths once again. There is more excitement when it comes to what happens next.
From a writer’s perspective, the ending of this novel is amazing because it leaves the reader wanting more. (I opened up Cress the minute I put Scarlett down.) The characters have solved one problem only to be stricken with a few more.
From a reader’s perspective you are left with a lot of questions. This is not necessarily a bad thing because at the end of the day readers should want to read the next book. Meyer was very successful here.
Overall, this novel is a highly recommend as well as the rest of this series! Meyer’s does an excellent job of portraying her world and making the characters unique in their own way.