Sunday, May 18, 2014

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Lunar Chronicles #2
Summary via Goodreads:
      "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."

So, I finally got around to finishing this book. (playing MMO's is time consuming)

When I first started reading this, I will admit that I was skeptical as to what made this book so amazing. While the story itself was never slow, I just wasn't sure how Scarlet and Wolf fit into the story and it took more than half the book for that to be apparent.

Scarlet and Wolf were great characters, Wolf being very mysterious for most of the book and Scarlet being a headstrong and often stubborn individual. Wolf's mysterious role aside he was still pretty well developed. Cinder was not ignored in this book one bit, although her role was smaller in this one, my only gripe about the book actually. Her banter with the other addition of Capt. Thorne was a nice comic relief to the rest of the book. The moments were we see things from Kai's POV were a good to have. Often in books where there are so many characters and multiple POV's the individual character voices start to sound like the same person. This did not happen. There was even a chapter that showed things from Queen Levana's perspective (it was a little disturbing)

Once I started reading this book and let myself get immersed in it, I couldn't put it down. The fact that I have a toddler is the only thing that made sure I got any sleep. While at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it as much, because of the splitting of the stories and the moving the focus from Cinder to Scarlet for the majority of the book, I highly recommend this series. I am so glad that I have Cress on my shelf already so now I can just pick it up with out waiting.

1 comment:

  1. I read a bit of Scarlet at the end of Cinder and I was not sure what I thought of it. It did not grab me and make me keep wanting to read that is for sure. I have a hard time getting into books that take ages to get into. I hope to get around to this eventually and it is good to hear that you recommend it.