Book: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publisher: Square Fish
Date Published: February 5th, 2013
Date Started: March 16th, 2015
Date Finished: March 25th, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: Cinder
Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
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.
After reading reviews of this book, I was worried that I was going to either think this was a great sequel to Cinder or go wayside and fall to that dreaded second book curse. I think what actually happened was something that fell somewhere in the middle. I loved Scarlet, but it didn’t hook me in as much as Cinder. And I think I finally figured out why after thinking about it for a while.
So Cinder was told in one point of view. What happened in Scarlet was that the story was told in two point of views. The story mostly revolved around Scarlet, but it was broken up with the occasional Cinder story. Its weird because even though most of the events were told from Scarlet’s point of view, this mostly felt like Cinder’s story. She is after all the piece of the story that can change everything. I think what happened for me was that I was so used to just seeing one point of view that it kind of threw me for a loop with a second one being thrown in there. I’m a person who likes consistency. Now just to point it out, I keep throwing out the word point of view. The entire book is told in 3rd person point of view. I think this is important because it makes it easier to detach from each girl and switch to the other. I think this is the only way that it would work. It if was told in 1st person, I think a lot of things would start to blend together and become confusing.
Another thing that I had a bit of an issue with is the pacing. I wasn’t sucked into this story as much as I was with Cinder. There were parts with both Cinder and Scarlet where I felt it dragged a bit, but I think more so with Scarlet’s story. I wanted things to pick up at times and was happy when the action would kick in. This book is a bit longer than Cinder, and so I get worried when books get a little slow because I will have a tendency to become disinterested. After thinking about Scarlet’s portion of the story, I feel like not that much happened in terms of action. But what really got me sucked into the story was the ending. Scarlet and Cinder’s stories begin to merge at the end and the action really picks up. I felt more invested in the story, and once I did finish it, I wanted to know more. I want to know more about this conspiracy of Queen Levana’s. I want to know what happens to Kai and everyone in that world.
As for the characters, Cinder and Kai are still my favorite. I feel more invested with them. I also liked Scarlet and Wolf, but more so Wolf. I wanted to know so much more about his past and what happened to him. I was super happy with the short novella at the end of my book, The Queen’s Army, because I got exactly what I wanted. What happened to Wolf and how he became what he is. A lot of people liked Thorne because he has that devilish charm like Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time. I wasn’t into him as much, but he’s a character that I know I will come to love. I just need to get to know him a little bit more.
In my review of Cinder, I mentioned that I really loved the Chinese influence like the traditions, their dress, etc. I wish this happened for Scarlet. Scarlet lived in France, but I didn’t really feel any of that French influence. I feel like it didn’t really matter where Scarlet lived because it didn’t influence the story as much.
I do love this series and cannot wait until I can read Cress. Winter, the last book in the series is out this year (on my birthday hint hint! 🙂 ) I’m also interested in reading Fairest, Queen Levana’s story. I love the fairy retellings of these stories with the science fiction and fantasy elements. Its quickly become one of my favorite series. Check this series out if you haven’t already!