Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 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.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Feiwell and Friends
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Kat's Review
(If you haven't read the first book in the series, there may be some spoilers in this review.)
Marissa Meyer has managed to take this series to the next level with this book by introducing a new fairy tale into the mix, the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  She manages to intertwine the story of Scarlet (Red Riding Hood) with the story of Cinder(ella) from book one in a seamless fashion, while maintaining the fresh approach started in the first book.
What I really admire about this series is the depth of the characters, particularly the female ones.  Cinder manages to escape from prison and find a way to search for the woman she believes can shed more light on her past, while Scarlet embarks on a suicide mission to save her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by a violent gang in the hopes of extracting a secret from her that Scarlet doesn't even know exists.  Both girls are flawed but strong, with very little concern for vanity in the face of danger.  Cinder wades through sewage to escape prison, and Scarlet is constantly wiping her dirty hands on her jeans.  Neither girl is afraid to speak her mind, and they are both resourceful and brave.  These are the types of female characters that are good for both girls AND boys to read about.
I really enjoyed the complexity of the story, and I even liked the alternating points of view, something that can be horrendous if not well executed.  Meyer does it well.  There are two more books in the series, both incorporating a different fairy tale but linking back to the original storyline.  I'm excited for the continuation of this series.
Rating: A Good Read
This is a great second novel in a series, introducing fresh characters but remaining faithful to the original storyline, while broadening the scope of what's at stake in an effective manner.  I'm looking forward to reading more.
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