This book is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)
Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5)
(summary from Goodreads)
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.
So after finally picking up Cinder and falling head over heels in love with it I was extremely happy I was a late arrival to this series because it meant that I could pick up book 2, Scarlet, straight away. And just like with Cinder I could not put this book down until I had read every single page!
I was a little bit unsure when I heard this book was all about a completely new set of characters. I mean, I had no doubt the characters would be great, but I really didn’t want to loose out on more of Cinder and Kai. Thankfully we didn’t and our book is split between the POVs of Cinder, Scarlet, Kai and (occasionaly) Queen Levana. Telling the story in this way allowed us to see everything unfolding from all the various places, and also how one persons decisions/actions impacted anothers.
“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.“
If possible I loved Cinder even more in this book. She is no longer under the rule of her stepmother, and although she suddenly has a lot more responsibility on her shoulders after Dr Erlands confession, she seems more free in this book somehow. I love the addition of “Captain” Thorne in her life and there is some brilliant and hysterical banter between the two of them. They pretend like the other annoys them but their friendship really grows through the book and I can see them standing by each other all the way through this series.
“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”
“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.“
Like I said above, I had no doubt that Scarlet and Wolf were going to be great, but they turned out to be even better then great. Scarlet, like Cinder, is strong and confident and a total twist on the classic “damsel in need of saving” character that females play in fairy tales. Instead you becomes the perfect team mate for Cinder and and the two brave and totally feisty girls join the high ranks of YA female heroines.
“But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”
Then there is Wolf, mysterious and sexy and totally the bad boy of this series. He is sensitive and loyal, but with freakishly good instincts and something about him that’s just not quite normal he keeps us (and Scarlet) on our toes through the majority of this book. But then at the same time there is something totally vaulnerbale about him and the scene in which he discovers tomatoes for the first time just made me fall in love with him. Speaking of which, the chemistry between Scarlet and Wolf was on high alert throughout the entire book and the banter between the two of them was both halarious and charming.
“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”
The story continues perfectly from where we left off in Cinder and as I mentioned above we get to see the story unfold from multiple POV’s. I really love the way Meyer twists the traditional fairytale but you can still see it there within all the new futuristic and sci-fi type bits of the story. The action in this book is non stop, from jumping off high speed trains, to stealing a spaceship and lots and lots of fighting. I felt like my heart was racing the entire time and literally could not put this book down. There was a lot of late night reading with this one!
“A captain always knows where his ship is. It’s like a psychic bond.”
“If only we had a captain here.“
The setting of New Beijing in Cinder was amazing, but in Scarlet we get Paris and Wow was it incredible. I love the world building in this series and all the weird but wonderful types of characters we keep getting introduced to. One minute we are on Earth with Scarlet and then we are in Space with Cinder, then next thing we are on Lunar (aka. the moon) with the Queen. It’s just fascinating seeing all the details that make up these amazing places and I really can’t wait to see where else Meyer takes us and what else we see!
Such an incredible sequel to the first book in this series, it doesn’t do the normal “middle book” thing of just being there to fill space. It has it’s own story and some great new character additions and a truly fabulous ending that just left me desperate for more!
Re-Readability: Yes! Yes! Yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: Retellings, futuristic worlds, YA dystopians
Have you read Scarlet?
Who is your favourite character? What did you think of all the action in this book?