Thanks for stopping in to check out my thoughts on Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicle Series. Read on to find out why I recommend this title! Be sure to watch the coordinating video on my Book Tube channel!
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: Hardcover: 452 pages/ Audio Length: Approx 11 hours
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Fairy Tale Retelling
Review Date: February 25, 2015
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
Scarlet was a wonderful follow up to Cinder. The story continued without skipping a beat. Cinder and Thorn are on the run after escaping from the castle jail and concurrently we are introduce to Scarlet. Scarlet is searching for her missing grandmother. While on her search, she's finding out more and more about her grandmother and her involvement with the Lunars. She meets Wolf, a street fighter - among other things, and he's on this journey with her, for better or worse...and it does get worse! All along we check in several times with Emperor Kai and see how he's dealing with Queen Levana. Of course Levana is up to no good, per usual.
In addition to meeting new characters and expanding the circle and plot, Meyer's world building is another strength that really adds to the series. We are in serious Sci-Fi territory with all of the cyborgs, androids, port screens, and spaceships to make us feel like we are indeed in the future.
If you recall, my biggest issue with Cinder was that she was so young. Scarlet helped reduce my apprehension about that because she's older than Cinder, by two years I believe. While Cinder is still obviously in the series, the focus was split so I was able to get a little bit of an older feeling story at times. Not by much, but I'll take it.
So far I find these stories somewhat predictable, but there's a pretty decent twist at around 51% where we find out something interesting about Scarlet. Predictability would be my second issue with the series. I say that, but it's minor issue because this is a young adult series after all. Not to downplay YA writing, but especially when it feels like it's geared toward a younger audience, there seems to be a more simplistic story overall.
Rebecca Solar was on point with her narration of all the characters. I was able to listen to Scarlet while doing other things and not need to rewind. Solar reading Meyer's work is a great combo.
Up next is Cress, the retelling of Rapunzel. I've already started it and I'm enjoying it as well. We've already met Cress, and if you're reading along, you probably can spot her. I'll give you a clue, she first appears in Cinder.
Are you reading or listening to the Lunar Chronicles? If so, what book are you on? I'd love to hear what you thought of both Cinder and Scarlet.
Happy Reading & Listening,
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