Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Book Review)

Posted February 14, 2013 by Jana in Book Review, Young Adult Fiction / 38 Comments

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Book Review)Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Feiwel and Friends on February 5, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Retelling, Romance, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Pages: 454
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher (ALA)
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5 Stars

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.

I have been thinking about how much I loved Cinder for over a year now, and Scarlet picks up right where Cinder drops off. The exact day, actually. I loved that! We get to jump right back in and pick up where we were, while learning new things about this crazy world, the Lunars, and our favorite characters!

1. For some reason, I had no idea that Cinder was going to be in this book! I was delighted when I learned what a huge role she was actually going to play in it. And her android, Iko, was there… and we even got some Kai time! Yay! So glad to see them all again. :)

2. It was also so much fun learning about some new characters: Scarlet and Wolf. Scarlet is a strong, confident character who makes a great team mate for Cinder in this ongoing quest against the Lunar Queen. I love the emphasis placed an female heroes in this series. Marissa has created two equally feisty, brave, determined, charismatic, and smart ladies to drive the story on. Wolf is sexy and swoonworthy, and exactly the kind of bad boy this story needed. His sensitive nature and core instincts make him both a ticking time bomb and the most loyal companion you could ask for. Do not get on his bad side, though. Cinder has her own male counterpart, Captain Thorne, and he’s kind of hilarious. I just kept picturing this completely oblivious, clumsy, cocky guy who is always slightly drunk. He lightened things up quite a bit, and also became a character I really loved.

3. I enjoyed the balance of humorous dialogue and serious, sometimes heartbreaking moments. Scarlet’s banter with Wolf was utterly charming, while her discussions with her grandmother pulled at the heartstrings.

4. This is not your typical book 2 of a series, where nothing important happens. Scarlet has SO much going on! There’s space flights, running from the law, romance, Lunar attacks, kidnapping, fights, and NEWS. So much news!

5. Yet again, the world building is immaculate. Last time, Beijing. This time, Paris. Yes, people. Paris in the future is amazing.

Overall, Scarlet is just as wonderful and captivating as Cinder. Clearly, Marissa is not a one hit wonder. I can’t wait for the next book!

5 Stars
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38 responses to “Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Book Review)

  1. So I went to Marissa Meyer’s signing totally last minute last week, and it was such a blast! She mentioned that we would get Cinder’s view in this one, which makes me so happy. But I did not know about some Kai time!! This makes me extremely happy. :D And even more excited! Marissa also talked a bit about how she always wanted to write strong female heroines, so I’m glad to see that Scarlet did turn out to be so strong and kickbutt. And this banter between her and Wolf is making me want to read about their romance so much right now. And Captain Thorne! Marissa mentioned how her favorite character in the entire series was Captain Thorne, without a doubt. His personality seems fantastic.

    Fabulous review, Jana! You’ve gotten me even MORE excited to pick up Scarlet, which I didn’t even think was possible. ;)

  2. I ended up loving this sequel more than Cinder-so much more as it was definitely not your typical second book. My favorite part is the strong female heroes as both Cinder and Scarlet are awesome ladies!

  3. I have this one on hold at the library! I was doubting Meyer at first with this sequel because when I heard it wouldnt have Cinder as it’s main protagonist I was a bit confused and slightly mad. i love Cinder and i wanted to learn more about prince Kai, but everyones been lately gloating about it so i’m thinking of maybe even saying sorry to Marissa Meyer for ever even doubting her!
    Great Review

  4. I was so happy when Cinder returned in this book, and I can’t agree more: Marissa Meyer creates the best female characters! Both Cinder and Scarlet are total badasses who don’t let people just tell them what to do, and I love them both equally. Other than that, I loved Scarlet (the book) even more than Cinder (the book) and I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series!

  5. Wolf is now my favorite Lunar Chronicles boy, though I will always have a soft spot for Thorne. Honestly, he just blew me away in this one!

    And Marissa is SO talented. The world-building, the characters, the story – all of these things are amazing!

  6. Oh my gosh! I want this book so badly. I’m glad it’s not a filler book and has its own plot. I’m psyched to “meet” wolf and “visit” Paris. Marissa Meyer definitely has to keep writing.

  7. Cali W.

    Great review! I was surprised that I loved this book more than Cinder. Probably because I love little red and the wolf. <3

    • Jana

      Hi Olivia! Thanks for complimenting my review! Scarlet is an amazing character. I adore her! It’s hard to choose who my favorite one is, just because I love them all for different reasons. It all started with Cinder, so I love her because she taught me all about her world. And Cress is your typical sweet, innocent, naive Rapunzel type who is a lot of fun. I think I have to agree with you that Scarlet is my favorite. Sadly, we don’t see nearly enough of her in Cress. I hope that changes when Winter comes out! :)

  8. Sarah C.

    I loved this book! I even think I enjoyed it better than the first one (and I really enjoyed the first one). I think Marissa Meyer did a masterful job at introducing new characters and keeping the prior cast without overwhelming the book with too many people. I am so looking forward to Cress! And I really appreciated your review; I like the bulleted points.

  9. Denise

    I love the idea of Little Red Ridding hood being played into this and how Cinder is forced to bring the captain along for the ride! I by far love this sequel. Thank you so much for the review.

  10. Amanda

    I just read Scarlet recently, and I had no idea that Cinder would be in it either, or Kai for that matter. I enjoyed the narrative and new characters immensely.

  11. Josiphine

    I was so excited when I realized Cinder would be in this one too! I was really sad at the beginning because I didn’t care about Scarlet but by the end…whew.

  12. Amy

    I just finished Scarlet earlier this week, but it was so difficult to wait! I didn’t want there to be too much of a gap between reading Scarlet and Cress, but I just couldn’t wait any longer, and now i’m DYING to get my hands on Cress!

    Meyer’s world building is just amazing, and her characters really come alive, don’t they?
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  13. Kcpenny

    I love Scarlet because she’s not a damsel in distress and can take care of herself. I mean sure she can rely on Wolf sometimes, but she’s so tough and cool and would be a person I would totally look up to if real :)

  14. Nancy L.R.

    I was actually more excited to read Scarlet than Cinder! I am a huge fan of the Little Red fairy-tale! Also, so many of my friends were telling me I would love Wolf, I did, as well as Thorne!

  15. Rabia

    I was a bit iffy at first because we didnt get a lot of Cinder POV in the beginning, but as I read, I loved Scarlet! She is such an independent character and I love her :D

  16. Amna

    This book was as satisfying as you said. I really loved it, and I was especially happy that Cinder was still included! I absolutely CANNOT wait till Cress comes out!

  17. Rabia

    I really love Scarlets spunky character and how she never gives up. Her love for her grandmother and the lengths that she would go to save her is very touching :D

  18. Amna

    These characters make me want to meet the ones in the upcoming books right away! They’re all going to be amazing and hilarious!

  19. Harleen

    I love your review and I totally agree with you, I didn’t know Cinder was going to be in the book. I also loved how it really focused on Scarlet; it was really nice to get to know such a strong character (but I still like Cinder better, sorry)

  20. Laura

    Scarlet has been my favorite book in the series so far. I love how strong and vivid Scarlet is!(Cinder is too though! All the female heroes seem to be. I really admire how Marissa Meyer…does…everything.)

  21. Veronica

    When I heard that Scarlet would focus on a different character and place I was super worried that Cinder was going to be pushed to the side, but I was so wrong. I love how Ms. Meyer had a great balance between Cinder and Scarlet’s stories. She made it in a way that the readers are curious to know what happens to both characters; they’re not just waiting to finish one POV to get back to the more interesting one. I couldn’t be disappointed when one POV ended because I would be able to read what was going on with the other characters!
    I also agree with everything else you said in this review! I really can’t wait to read Cress!

  22. J

    Wolf is probably my favourite character because he is super cool, and even though he doesn’t always admit to how he feels or what he thinks there is always a way to tell something is up with him and that is a really great quality for a book and character to have

  23. Meg

    Although I like the awkwardly sweet/innocent thing going on with Prince Kai and Cinder, I love Scarlet and Wolf together too. Marissa never fails to impress me!