Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2) (The Lunar Chronicles)

Marissa Meyer
Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison--even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does--in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.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.An NPR Best Book of 2013


Reviewed: 2016-09-23
Just as good as the first book in the series, Cinder. Hard to put down. Interesting twist on Little Red Riding Hood. The introduction of new characters is seamless, and when the plot lines intersect and characters meet it feels organic. Particularly love the interpretation of the wolf.
Reviewed: 2016-02-19

Book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles is the New Age retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. Marissa Meyer's blends Little Red Riding Hood into the character of Scarlet Benoit, and then seamlessly blends it with the characters from her earlier book, Cinder. I won't spoil the connection here but loved the suspense that built up throughout the book as you struggle to try and guess which character is going to play which role as the story goes forward.

Scarlet starts off the story looking for her lost grandmother, much as in the original telling, but then replace the path through the woods with a high speed train, some forgotten memories of her Grandmere from her youth, everyone wondering who Princess Selene is, and a questionable relationship with a boy that you just met, and you got most of her wonderful character development in the book.  

You also get introduced to the Wolf early in the story. While you can see him easily as the reformed villain from the original tales, I found myself blending a bit of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast into the character as well, but that probably wasn't the intent of the author. 

The plotting of the story is told at a break neck pace and picks up right from the last lines of the previous books. The world building was already somewhat in place from the previous book, and your conceptions of the original tales carry over to the way I picture the settings in these. The author manages to keep the romance levels blended with the suspense and action to keep all readers involved no matter what type of book you are looking for. 

Recommended reading for all Once Upon a Time fans, children that aren't afraid to get lost in the woods, and anyone that starts to experience unexpected hair growth and the desire to howl at the moon. 


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