Scarlet by Marissa Meyer | Book Review



Genre: YA, Fantasy/Sci-fi Fairy Tale Retelling

“But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”
– Marissa Meyer, Scarlet 

Series: Lunar Chronicles
Cinder (#1 in Lunar Chronicles)

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.[Goodreads]


For a believer in the Middle Book Syndrome, Marissa Meyer did an absolute amazing job in slightly curing me of my hatred of the second in a series. The way that she was able to incorporate the two worlds together was flawless. This book was also missing the greatest component of every bad second book, fluff. There was no fluff to be found in this book, it was filled with new romance, drama, and some gruesome fights. For a fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Scarlet gave just enough foundation of the original story and took its own great and wondrous twists making it seem like a completely different storyline. I fell in love with Wolf and his story. It was beautifully handled and I enjoyed the change of heart  and softer caring side that followed the Big Bad Wolf’s storyline. Iko still remains my favorite sassy, personality bigger than life android. Scarlet gives you the story of the underdogs and a great adventurous story of the rebels.

“Lunar. Cyborg. Fugitive. Outlaw. Outcast. “