Published by Macmillan on February 5th 2013
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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, I really did enjoy Cinder (my review). I’d read a couple of reviews indicating that Scarlet was even better. For me… not so much. The novel was still fun and I still love some fairy tale retellings, but I didn’t connect with Scarlet’s character the way I did with Cinder.
Mostly, Scarlet just got on my nerves. She was short-sighted (as I suppose many eighteen year old girls are) and it was very “Not without my GRANDMA!!!” I could have done with less of her general angsty-ness, though her situation was undoubtably troubling. Additionally I could have done without the werewolf vibe that Wolf gave off – though I do understand that this was a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood so a wolfish character was necessary. I just wish maybe he could have been more subtle? Like Cinder?
All in all, Scarlet is a easy breezy read that has not deterred me from seeking out the third installment of this series Cress. It doesn’t break barriers between YA and adult literature nearly as well as its predecessor. I’ll let you know how Cress goes.
So, what about you, Reader? Have you read any of The Lunar Chronicles? YA has a long history of the second book being the weakest, is that the problem with these series? Tell me other interesting things.