Thursday, 24 December 2015

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Title: Scarlet
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 452
Genres: Young Adult, Science-Fiction


This is not the fairytale you remember.

But it’s one you won’t forget.

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner . . .
The Lunar Chronicles are back with Scarlet, a futuristic sci-fi retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in France. France had a lot of atmosphere compared to New Beijing, from beautiful farmland to beautiful old buildings.

Scarlet's Grand-mére has been missing for a significant time and the police have given up. With the help of Wolf, Scarlet sets out to try and find her. I love Wolf's character, a dark silent type. He is sufficiently mysterious and the attraction between him and Scarlet sizzled. Another plus for this book was that I was honestly shocked at a few plot twists. 

There isn't just Scarlet's story though, Cinder makes a significant appearance in this book - navigating her escape from prison with the hilarious and handsome Captain Thorne. More of Cinder's fascinating back story is discovered, and Iko returns... Finally! The tone of Scarlet would have been very serious if it were not for the comic relief provided by Iko and Thorne - Iko especially was an uplifting positive voice that lifted the tone of the story significantly.

I am dying to know more about Luna but that is not really the focus of this book. Teasing information is revealed but was not enough for me. I loved the chapter that featured Queen Levana's PoV, I hope there is more of her in future.

Ultimately I did enjoy Scarlet, though not quite as much as Cinder but it was still a great addition to the series.

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