Scarlet: Book Two of the Lunar Chronicles (The Lunar Chronicles, 2)

by Marissa Meyer

Paperback, 2020





Square Fish (2020), 512 pages


Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.


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512 p.; 8.2 inches

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LibraryThing member jnwelch
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer features the return of Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, in the second installment of the Lunar Chronicles. She made quite a spectacle at the ball trying to warn Prince Kai about the Lunar Queen's schemes, and finds herself needing now to break out of prison. This book
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introduces another excellent character, Scarlet, who teams up with street fighter Wolf to try to find Scarlet's missing grandmother who may have more in her past than Scarlet ever knew, and connections to Cinder's mission. As you may be able to tell from the names, there are loose ties to the Cinderella and Red Riding Hood tales in this sci-fi/fantasy combo for young adults. Cinder was an excellent debut, and my concerns that Scarlet wouldn't live up to it quickly disappeared. The characters are well-drawn, the female leads strong but not wooden, and the stories zip along with a lot of pace. Apparently two more are contemplated, and I already can't wait.
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LibraryThing member RaeLynn_Fry
It was a couple of weeks before the book was due out, and I was loosing all hope at getting an early copy when, low and behold!, an email in my inbox from her publicist asking me if I'd like to have a galley!

Um, yes?!?!?!

So my wish was granted, and I was not disappointed.

I have to say, that out of
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the two books, this one is by far my favorite. There was so much more action and drama and the relationship between Scarlet and Wolf is my favorite so far of the YA literary sci-fi/paranormal world. They hate each other in the beginning, and it's a reluctant alliance until about a little bit past half-way through the book.

I love how Meyer is introducing new characters and stories in the fairy tale vein and tying their stories into Cinder's. As you can guess, Scarlet is about Little Red Riding Hood and the big, bad Wolf. The majority of the book focuses on her search for her grandmere, but the book also jumps around to what's going on with Cinder and her goofy and very likable, Captain Carswell Thorne, her new sidekick; and twists and turns until the two stories meet up and finally, so do the characters. And don't worry, Levana is still around, and as evil as ever. Poor, poor, Prince Kai.

This is a must read. Enjoy!
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LibraryThing member GreatImaginations
I'm not great at gushing. In fact, I suck at it. For me, writing five star reviews is sometimes more difficult than writing one star reviews. So writing about all the love I felt for this book is going to be pretty awkward. Just know that I very, VERY much enjoyed it and I am going to keep this
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review fairly short.

I enjoyed Cinder very much when I read it last year. But there was something missing for me. I don't know if I lacked that emotional connection to the text or there was that extra spark missing, but whatever it was, it wasn't present in Scarlet. Everything that makes a book perfect for me was present in Scarlet. Well-developed characters, suspense, kick-ass writing, tight plotting, even pacing, EPIC world-building, etc. I cannot say enough times how much I loved this book.

Cinder was a wonderful character in the first book and her growth continues in the second. But the NEW characters that were introduced in Scarlet absolutely bowled me over. I loved Wolf, and I adored Scarlet Benoit. Wolf is a swoonworthy bad boy without being threatening and staker-like. He's flawed, deeply developed, and written in a way that will make almost any reader sympathize with his character. Same with Scarlet. YA bloggers are always asking for heroines we can root for. Heroines with strength, emotion, and the ability to stand on their own two feet. This is Scarlet. She is not flawless and sometimes she needs Wolf. But who doesn't have to rely on their friends from time to time when things get tough?

There were many things I loved about Scarlet but I think my favorite was the writing. I fell for the author's style immediately; her word choices, sentence structure, and flow are perhaps some of the best I have seen over the last couple of years since I have been blogging. I love the way she paced the story, wove the chapters together from different POVs (which is not easy to do), and managed to make it all come together in the end. This was a beautiful book with breathtaking world-building by a wonderfully talented author.

Reviewing sequels is difficult because there is not a whole lot I can say plotwise without ruining the story for someone who hasn't read it. But that's okay because I think I managed to convey how I felt for this book. It kept me turning the pages late into the night in awe over the voices of the characters, the brilliant dialogue, and even the fonts that headed up the chapters. I was a fan of the series before, but it has become one of my absolute favorites. Fairytale retellings have never been so good.
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LibraryThing member mountie9
The Good Stuff

Thorne is so awesome, I have a total crush on him (Which makes me feel all sort of cougarish). Reminds me of a cross between Han Solo and Jaime Lannister (well a teenage version of course)
Think I like Scarlet even better than Cinder -- she is totally kick ass and less whiny
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(although nice character development with Cinder in this installment)
Story has tons of fun humour which really added to the story
Nice chemistry between Scarlet and Wolf
Fast paced
Love the banter between Thorne and Cinder -- please oh please let her fall for him instead of Kai (who really came across as whiny in this book)
Introduces new characters, but still keeps the story of Cinder herself fresh
Loved the Iko bits - nice fun stuff

The Not so Good Stuff

Not as obvious in this installment but still not a lot of surprises, pretty easy to figure out the "surprise" moments -- than again I am 42
Crap how long to I have to wait for the next installment - read Cinder followed immediately by Scarlett -- and now I have to wait how long -- man sometimes these trilogies piss me off LOL - yeah I know whine whine, you get books before other people whine whine

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"He was still dazed, and though she hated to admit it, he was actually rather attractive. If a girl happened to like that square-jaw, bright-blue-eyes, devilish-dimples kinnd of thing. Although he was in desperate need of a haircut and a good shave."

"A relieved grin filled up Thorne's face. "We're having another moment, aren't we?"
"If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are." Cinder slumped back on the floor. "Although maybe I'm just too exhausted to want to strangle anybody."

"I suspect you would shoot me all over again if you thought it would help your grandmother."
"She blinked up at him, almost surprised to discover how close they were standing. "I would," she said. "But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be sorry about it aftarward."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read

you could read this without reading Cinder and not be entirely confused
Obviously if you enjoyed Cinder you will love this -- maybe even more

4.25 Dewey's

I borrowed this from fellow book nerd Chandra now passing on to Jen
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LibraryThing member ltcl
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The second book in a series is always the most difficult and I am happy to report that the Lunar Chronicles series that started with Cinder is still one fantastic read! This is a truly original mix of Grimm's fairy tale characters mixed with a futuristic
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spin that has definite Star Wars undertones. First came Cinder, cyborg Cinderella who tries to love a prince but gets caught up in her past. Next we have Scarlet, tough farm girl who kinda falls for a wolf while searching for her missing grandmother. I will not be a spoiler but the characters will all come together in a fast paced mix of lunar powers, cyborg technology and great characters that you can't help yourself but fall for. Wonder who save our fugitives in the next one - Snow White and her seven robots or maybe Repunzel and her retractable hair?
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LibraryThing member nbmars
Note: There are necessarily spoilers for the first volume in this series, but not for this installment, Book Two.

I loved Cinder and am delighted to say I was not disappointed at all with this second in the planned fairy tale tetralogy known collectively as “The Lunar Chronicles” and set in the
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future. The first story was inspired by "Cinderella," and this second is a reworking of "Little Red Riding Hood."

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in New Beijing, over one hundred years after World War IV. (Cyborgs are humans who are part metal, having received artificial parts to compensate for damaged flesh. Cinder is only 64% human because of a near-fatal accident when she was a child. There is a great deal of prejudice against cyborgs, who are considered second-class citizens.) While most of Cinder’s story in Book One resembles an updated version of "Cinderella," the ending is a bit more disastrous than the traditional. More of that below.

In Book Two, we continue Cinder’s tale but it is now intermixed with what is happening to Little Red Riding Hood (a.k.a. Scarlet Benoit).

As the story begins, Scarlet, just 18, is living on a farm in Rieux, France, and is frantically searching for her grandmother, who has been missing for over two weeks. The police dismissed the case: after all, Michelle Benoit is a grown woman, and there was no evidence of foul play. But Scarlet knows her Grand-mere would never have left just before Scarlet’s eighteenth birthday, nor would she have pulled her ID chip out of her wrist. Scarlet found it, bloody, on the kitchen counter.

Meanwhile, the netscreens even in France are full of broadcasts about sixteen-year-old Linh Cinder, the cyborg girl from New Beijing who crashed Emperor Kai’s coronation ball and then was revealed to be a Lunar. She was immediately imprisoned. (The Lunars are a race of people on the moon who seek control of earth. They have a number of genetic enhancements and powers that have unfortunately been bent to nefarious use. Mind control is only the beginning of what they can do. Their evil Queen Levana has threatened Kai that unless he marries her so that they can combine their kingdoms, she will send her forces to destroy the Earth.)

Kai, as you might imagine from the "Cinderella" parallels of Book One, fell for the lowly cyborg Cinder, but felt betrayed when he found out she was Lunar. Now, to add to his pain, he must swallow his revulsion for Levana and agree to marry her in order to save the planet. (And you thought it was asking a lot of you just to recycle your bottles!)

Meanwhile, back in Rieux, Scarlet has met a new guy in town, a street fighter named Wolf, to whom she reluctantly feels attracted. Wolf claims to have information about her grandmother and agrees to help Scarlet in her search.

But Grand-mere isn’t the only one who goes missing. Cinder, with the help of a fellow prisoner, Carswell Thorne, escapes the jail in New Beijing and is now on the run from both Lunar and Earthly pursuers.

Evaluation: Meyer figures out how to make these two updated fairy tales intersect in a creative and non-contrived way, so that the cast of utterly charming characters is doubled with remarkable ease. I loved both Scarlet and Wolf. Cinder’s new partner-in-crime, Carswell, is also quite endearing. This is a very entertaining story: full of suspense, romance, humor, and courage. Yes, it’s also replete with stock roles and doesn't have a huge amount of world building, but it’s a fairy tale, after all, and I think it uses the customary tropes quite nicely.

I look forward to the next installments!
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LibraryThing member DeweyEver
Scarlet is the second in the Lunar Chronicles series. Those who loved Cinder wont' be dissapointed in Scarlet. I felt like it was a good mix of humor, love, action and adventure with enough mystery to leave me wanting to read the next NOW. Some readlikes are Beastly and Cloaked, though
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mountains ahead of these two in action and well rounded enjoyment. I would recommend it for any teen who is getting bored with the "paranormal romance" trend, but still wants a good love/adventure story.
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LibraryThing member pollywannabook
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Continuing with her Star Wars meets fairy tale mashup, Marissa Meyer delivers a strong sequel to CINDER in SCARLET, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Cinder, our cyborg Cinderella turned alien royalty, is still on the run from the Lunar
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Queen, but this time she’s not the only one running. Little Red Riding Hood is reimagined as Scarlet, a pilot so desperate to find her missing grandmother that she accepts help from a street fighter named Wolf.

What is so fun about this series is how well it blends something so old and classic with something so new and futuristic. I mean how many times has the Little Red Riding Hood story been retold and ‘modernized’? A lot. A whole lot. But in SCARLET, all the familiar features are accounted for, but the sci-fi setting and thriller subplot are so fresh and exciting that the combination creates something never before seen.

And having enjoyed CINDER so much, I was worried that Cinder’s story would only be a small part of SCARLET, but that wasn’t the case at all. Nearly half the book focuses on Cinder and the two storylines are inexorably connected. Tight plotting, courageous characters, and exciting adventure laced romance, the Lunar Chronicles is as thrilling as it claims to be. I can’t wait to see how a Sahara Desert dwelling Rapunzel will be incorporated into this world when she joins the series in CRESS coming in 2014.

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LibraryThing member LaneLiterati
Not quite as phenomenal as Cinder, but it's still pretty compelling (especially in the second half). I could have done with less whining from Scarlet and more action in the first third, but Wolf as an enigmatic character made up for the bad pacing early on. Can't wait for the third book!
LibraryThing member krau0098
This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. There are four books planned in this series with the third book, Cress, releasing in 2014 and the fourth book, Winter, releasing in 2015. This was an excellent continuation of this series. This book focuses on Scarlet and adds some wonderful new
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characters to the story.

Cinder’s story does continue in this book, as she tries to escape from prison. The majority of the book though follows Scarlet. Scarlet lives in one of the few operating farms in the French countryside. When her grandmother goes missing she travels into the city to try and get help. She gets help in the unlikely form of a street fighter named Wolf. But could Scarlet’s grandmother’s disappearance be tied in with the Lunar’s Queen’s politics?

The book switches between Cinder, Scarlet, and Prince Kai’s POV. The way the different POVs are done for this book works very well.

I absolutely adore the world this book is set in and the wonderful characters in this story. I love how fairy tale elements of Cinderella and Red Riding Hood continue to be woven throughout the plot. They are not the main plot elements but they are definitely there and influence the story.

The pace of the book is wonderful, the plot and characters are delightful. Cinder continues to be a very spunky character who is struggling with what she is and her responsibilities. Scarlet is less aggressive than Cinder but more caring and determined. Wolf is also an interesting character...he is torn between many loyalties but steadfast in his own way.

The story is definitely sci-fi...but it also has steampunk elements, cyborgs, aliens, and action galore. It was a wonderful read and I breezed through the was so hard to put down. This is a really long book that feels really short when you read it.

I also love how Meyer has the very personal stories of Cinder and Scarlet tied in with the bigger story of war coming between the Lunars and the humans. The smaller story and the more epic story are balanced very nicely.

Overall just an absolutely wonderful and creative YA read. This has got to be one of the most creative YA series out there. The book is easy to read, with a very engaging storyline and characters that are easy to relate to. The story is growing to epic proportions but it is still easy to follow. I really look forward to reading future books in this series. Recommended to those who like young adult science fiction with a big dose of mystery and adventure.
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LibraryThing member slanger89
As the title and cover suggest, Scarlet, is a revamped, futuristic take on Red Riding Hood, but this time Red, or Scarlet, means business and is definitely not a helpless little girl. Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing for no apparent reason and the police refuse to help find her, so she must
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take the search into her own hands. However, a suspicious, yet attractive, companion, who calls himself the Wolf continues to cross her path and seems to possess information she needs to locate her grandmother. Why has her grandmother been taken? And can the Wolf be trusted?

Meanwhile, Cinder’s and Kai’s story are also being told throughout the book. Cinder must attempt a risky prison break, which doesn’t go quite as expected and then live life on the run, all the while discovering her new Lunar powers, which are a bit scary. And then there’s poor Kai, running a country on the brink of war with Queen Levana, completely confused by his emotions (his feelings for Cinder, duty for the people of his country) but trying his best.

All of these plot lines are seamlessly interwoven together. They are all super interesting and when the story lines switch back and forth it isn’t jolting or confusing, it just…works. (Confession: sometimes I end up skipping character lines I don’t like :S )

However, the ending leaves you begging for more. I don’t even know how I am going to be able to wait until 2014 when the third title, Cress, is set to release. That seems like forever from right now!
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LibraryThing member pacey1927
This has been a good weekend of reading for me. I read two books and this one "Scarlet" the long awaited sequel to last year's "Cinder" was positively amazing. This series is unlike any other I have ran across. We have a futuristic world where there are other alien races facing a world of
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extinction because of a disease that is rapidly spreading and killing people. Add in that the stories are sci-fi twists on our favorite fairy tales and I am sure that you won't find anything else quite like this series.

We left "Cinder" with Cinder being captured and imprisoned. She meets up with Thorne...a would-be captain and together they make a prison break. They need to find out more about Cinder's past and what happened to Princess Seline and they know that evil Queen Levana is still wanting war desperately with Earth. Scarlet's story is the primary focus of book two (hence the title) but it is mixed with Cinder's storyline intelligently.

Scarlet finds her grandmother missing and a strange man named Wolf hanging around. She doesn't trust him at first but believes that his strange tattoo could be a huge clue in her grandmother's disappearance. Together they find out quite a bit more about some secrets kept in Scarlet's family. The romantic subplot of this story really grabbed me. I will say that I had the pleasure to read "The Queen' Army", a short story that takes place before the events of Scarlet and I believe that it really added to my enjoyment of this novel. I knew who Wolf was and I knew his background by the time Scarlet meets him in this book.

Why does this series, and this book in particular, stand out in the crowd of YA fiction? First of course is the unique premise I mentioned in the first paragraph of this review. Second is the amazingly detailed and interesting characters. Besides loving Scarlet and Cinder, I adored Wolf and have a true weak spot for the comedic charm of Thorn and the tender friendship shown by Iko. And Queen Levana is a true villian and its so easy to dislike her and want to see her receive justice. Prince Kai melted my heart in the first novel but here he really is empathetic character. He is having to make big decisions and as a reader I could feel his misery when facing the consequences of his choices. I hated that he and Cinder had no interaction in "Scarlet". Third, I loved how parts of the "Little Red Riding Hood" fairytale was re-worked for this book. I can't give anything away...but I loved how the author pulled off the big bad wolf in grandmother's clothing type scene. It was quite a nice twist.

The pages flew past as I read this book, much like they did when I read "Cinder". That is the best way to tell how much I enjoy a book. I know other readers who like to savor their stories but when I truly love a novel, I read it very quickly. Try this series if you haven't. It deserves all the praise its been receiving.
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LibraryThing member DeweyEver
Meyer follows up her debut book, 'Cinder', with another satisfying twist on a classic tale, this time using Little Red Riding Hood as the basis for new characters Scarlet and Wolf. I continued to enjoy Meyer's writing style and the romance between her characters, but 'Scarlet' felt more disjointed
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than 'Cinder', as Meyer switches the narrative back and forth between Scarlet and Cinder's stories. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, retold fairy tales, or the steampunk and cyberpunk subgenres.
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LibraryThing member TheMadHatters
Second book in the Lunar Chronicles. Scarlet Benoit has grown up with her grandmother on a small farm in rual France. But her grandmother disappeared two weeks ago, and no one will help her look for her grandmother. Cinder, the cyborg, is on the run from the Eastern Empire before they turn her over
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to the Lunar Queen for execution. The two will have to come together to stay ahead of the Lunar Queen.
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LibraryThing member JackieBlem
This is Book 2 of The Lunar Chronicles (book one was Cinder), and a fantastic continuation of the fast paced narrative in these re-vamped and futuristic fairy tales. This book introduces another gritty heroine, Scarlet, who is searching for her kidnapped grandmother. Wolf, a stranger with a lot of
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secrets, joins her in her quest. But for what reasons? Cinder's adventure progresses as well, thanks to a pirate, starting with both of them breaking out of prison. Eventually Cinder and Scarlet meet and join up, finally figuring out that they are both being pursued by Lunar Queen Levana. Meyer's imagination offers her readers a wondrous and action filled break from reality. This is a high octane, can't-put-it-down kind of book that will leave you breathless for the next book in the series (coming in 2014).
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LibraryThing member LisaMaria_C
This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles, and is definitely no standalone, so if you haven't already, definitely read Cinder first. The conceit of the series is that they're based on fairy tales, the first "Cinderella" and this one is "Little Red Riding Hood." But Meyer has managed so far
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(there are at least two more planned) to make this a truly connected series and without it feeling forced. What's more, I liked her futuristic reimaginings are not, as you might expect, fantasy, but science fiction. I could nitpick at some aspects of her created world, but I loved her characters, and despite these being based on such well-known tales, her books weren't predictable but felt fresh--something a lot of retellings of fairy tales don't really pull off--and when one reveal came, what struck me wasn't simply that it wasn't predictable, but it was just perfect in a way that worked with the world already established.

If there was anything that, at least at first, made me impatient with this book is that after having already become attached to Cinder, I wanted the focus to be on her, not this new Red Riding Hood character Scarlet Benoit. That's all the more the case given that Cinder left us with a bit of a cliffhanger. And while Cinder showed off its creative take with the first sentences (Cinder is a cyborg, her "glass slipper" an ill-fitting mechanical foot) what was immediately apparent about Scarlet is her ever-present red hoodie. I mean really. But Scarlet grew on me, and I eventually found more facets to Scarlet and Wolf than first seemed apparent. A very fun read--in the end my big complaint is that I'm going to have to wait till next year for the next book in the series.
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LibraryThing member stefferoo
Unfortunately, I found this one didn't flow as well as the first book.

Despite Scarlet being the eponymous title character, so much of the book remained devoted to Cinder and the happenings with Kai and the Commonwealth that she almost felt like a side character.

Scarlet's story just wasn't as
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fleshed out, and her background felt flimsy with her motivations lacking in depth in comparison.

Still very much enjoying the futuristic sci-fi fairy tale retelling concept, though.
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LibraryThing member WickedWoWestwood
It seems this is going to be a trend for me with the sequels I am looking forward to. I love, love, LOVED the first book and finished it in no time. Scarlet, while a wonderful and fun new character, just seemed to plod along. Honestly, I could care less about her grandma, or the stiff, jolty
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relationship between Scarlet and Wolf. I wanted more parts about what Cinder was up to! But, like I said, this is the second book in a series, and the trend seems to be that my much anticipated sequels are slow, building, and plod along as stages are set, plots slowly congeal and thicken, and it's all about the buildup for the Third Book Throw-Down.
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LibraryThing member KClaire
Science Fiction àla spaceships, genetic engineering, cyborgs and androids, meets Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Wicked Queen. The spaceship is called Rampion so I kept expecting Rupunzel to show up, but then the spaceship does save the day by letting down its ramp
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and knocking over the bad guys. This 2nd book in the series was just as good as the first. It was a fun adventure tale that included near escapes in a spaceship, jumping off and on a moving train, and fights with genetically engineered people/wolves.
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LibraryThing member bluesalamanders
I really liked Cinder, the first book in the series. I was less enamored with Scarlet, though I'm not even entirely sure why. The characters were interesting - Cinder is back, little Iko reappears, and I like Scarlet and Wolf, two new main characters. Not so much Thorne. But something about the
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story just didn't grab me the way the first book did.
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LibraryThing member ethel55
Scarlet Benoit's story begins in her home in France. Her grandmother's missing and while delivering vegetables from their farm to the city, she crosses path with a fighter named Wolf. New to the area, he offers to help her discover what happened. All over the news is the story about a cyborg who
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somehow gained entrance to the palace ball in the city of New Beijing. Talks are underway with the Lunar representatives about negotiating a peaceful era and new Emperor Kai tries to grow into his new position. How Cinder and Scarlet's stories merge together made this a really enjoyable read. Meyer manages to keep to the sense of the fairy tales, while making this new futuristic world understandable. Now we just have to wait for the next novel in the quartet of the Lunar Chronicles.
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LibraryThing member DarkFaerieTales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A beautifully told reinvention of Little Red Riding Hood, filled with wonderful characters and pages of action and romance.

Opening Sentence: Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the
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passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: “Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.”

The Review:

I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of Scarlet, the second book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. While the first book, Cinder, retells and reinvents the story of Cinderella in a fantastic futuristic way, Scarlet tells the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. And while Red isn’t so little, fortunately Wolf is as big and bad as they come.

On a farm lives Scarlet Benoit, a girl who lives with her grandmere on a farm. She has lived with her grandmere all her life and most of her pleasant memories are shared with her grandmere. But when Scarlet’s grandmere is taken, she must do everything she can to search for her. Determined, Scarlet sets out on on a mission to find her, finding out the truth along the way. Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who is filled with secrets and mysteries of his own. Together, they search for Scarlet’s grandmere and soon realize that their lives cross the same path.

I immediately fell in love with Scarlet. She is impulsive and filled with so much bravado. There isn’t a true measurement of her strength, only because there’s so much of it. Scarlet’s foundation is built around her heart and love that she has experienced most of her life, mostly from her grandmere. There was never a doubt that Scarlet would be ready to take that leap of faith and find her. Meyer rewrote a lot of rules when it came to Scarlet, one that I am grateful for. Scarlet has hope but also imagination. She listens to her instincts, but also within reason.

Wolf is a great addition to the Lunar Chronicles. He cultivates a darkness that the series didn’t have before. Wolf adds another layer of powerful emotions, due to his somber personality. I’ve learned a lot from Wolf. He has two sides about him, and as a reader, I couldn’t tell whether he was good or bad. Meyer did a great job writing and developing him into this enigma. Wolf keeps moving, making the best out of any situation. He struggles with this internal war inside of him, trying to hold on to his principles. Meyer challenges his courage again and again, making him one of my favorite characters.

While Scarlet and Wolf search for her missing Grandmere, the reader also catches glimpses of Cinder. Without giving too much away, Cinder has her own mission and seeks to carry it out. Cinder has grown so much, and still seems to grow. She creates more lasting relationships, while holding on to the ones she has. I understand all of this weight on her shoulders, but Meyers makes it seem effortless.

I was glad to explore this new French world of Scarlet and Wolf, but also excited to revisit Cinder’s. While there are other characters that come and play, I’ll hold my tongue on them. I don’t want to spoil anything, and I fear I may have already said enough. There are contrasts to the two stories, and I think it was great that Meyer did an excellent job switching to a multi-point-of-view style. It allowed for Scarlet to shine and for Cinder to tell her side. There are others who tell their side of the story, but I’ll save that as a surprise.

The pacing is as steady as ever, action filled one moment, romantic and emotional the next. Meyer has a lot of talent and I highly urge you to read Scarlet. But if you haven’t read Cinder, I urge you to do that first. You’ll have a great time reading the reinvention of a wonderful fairy tale, one that I enjoyed every word of the way.

Notable Scene:

She told herself that she would be able to find him again. When she’d had time to gather her wits. After she talked to the detectives and persuaded them to track Wolf down and arrest him and find out where he’d taken her grandmother.

Tucking her hands into her pockets, she hurried around the building, toward her ship.

A sickening howl stopped her, sucking the air out of her lungs. The night’s chatter silenced, even the loitering city rats pausing to listen.

Scarlet had heard wild wolves before, prowling the countryside in search of easy prey on the farms.

But never had a wolf’s howl sent a chill down her spine like that.

FTC Advisory: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Scarlet. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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LibraryThing member rayneofdarkness
I love the play on fairy tales with these books! I feel like a kid reading these stories it's like the stories that I knew as a kid but now seeing Cinderella or Red Riding Hood all grown up! This is a great continuing of the story from the first book. I like the merging of the two stories and how
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it picked up. Lots of action and drama to keep you reading later than you should!
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LibraryThing member ahandfulofconfetti
As someone who basically devoured Cinder and loved every single second of it, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Scarlet. I was expecting more of the same: awesome characters, nonstop action, and a pulse-pounding pace of events that kept me thoroughly engaged in the story. However, while I
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ultimately came away from Scarlet liking it quite a lot, I didn't love it as much as Cinder. There were a number of reasons for this, I think, but it got to the point where I started thinking of this as the read-along that wouldn't end, which wasn't what I (or Lauren) was really going for. While I wouldn't call Scarlet a disappointment, I do wish I weren't the black sheep; it seems like nearly everyone else loved this book more than the first!

I think my biggest problem with Scarlet was that the focus wasn't simply on Cinder, but instead on a whole new cast of characters. I know, the title should have clued me in, but I had really grown to love Cinder, and really didn't like sharing her "screen time" with someone else. This isn't to say that I didn't enjoy Scarlet - I liked her stubbornness, her love for her grandmother, and the way she refused to give up - but I wasn't drawn to her like I was to Cinder. This is probably because Scarlet's upbringing was quite a bit different from Cinder's, in that she mostly had a safe, stable home, and grew up with someone who loved her. The letumosis likewise wasn't a constant threat to Scarlet as it was to Cinder and those around her, which just gave the town of Rieux a much different feel than New Beijing. All in all, it just took me longer to warm up to her and really become invested in her story.

There were also SO many different viewpoints in this book! We had Cinder, Scarlet, Kai, and even a chapter from Levana's point of view at the end. That made the book really busy, at least to me personally; just as I'd get interested in one storyline we'd switch to another. This gave the book a sort of jerky feel to it, as if the author were tugging the reader in more than one direction at a time. This is the biggest reason I was able to set it down for so long without any desire to get back to it; with so many loose plot threads, I ended up feeling ambivalent to pretty much everything (except Kai).

Even though it took me most of the book to warm up to some of the new characters, I did ultimately come away from Scarlet liking everyone we'd met. Thorne was hilarious, and provided some much-needed comic relief, and I couldn't help but love Wolf, particularly his conversation with Scarlet at the end ("mushy stuff in the galley", aww ♥). I loved that Scarlet wasn't at all a damsel in distress, and also seemed to have unending faith in people, even when they didn't necessarily deserve it. I was also happy to see Iko back in a fabulous new form, and my heart broke time and time again for Kai, who is just really having a terrible time of it. I can't wait to see how Cinder's going to get him out of the mess he's in!

While Scarlet wasn't a favorite like Cinder was, I did still very much enjoy the story. I love how Ms. Meyer has combined the two fairy tales, and can't wait to see how she's going to add Rapunzel into the mix. I do worry about adding even MORE characters, since that was my biggest complaint with this book, but am hopeful that - since I did eventually get used to it in Scarlet - it won't bother me as much the next time. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what will happen next in Cress!
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LibraryThing member akmargie
So not as frustrating as the first although still as predictable. But that's okay because unlike other 2nd books, this one benefited from two new characters. Especially since those characters were involved in lots of drama and fights. Just what this dystopian romance needed. Some good dust-ups.




(1782 ratings; 4.1)
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