Synopsis (from Amazon):
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.
My rating: 3.5/5
Scarlet continues where the Lunar Chronicles left off but it adds a new character. In addition to Cinder we have Scarlet. Continuing with Meyer’s fairy tale theme, Scarlet’s storyline parallels that of The Little Red Riding Hood.
Some of the ways Meyer tries to draw those parallels feel shoehorned-far less natural than how she incorporated the Cinderella myth into Cinder.
The romance between Scarlet and Wolf (yup) also feels far less natural than the romance between Cinder and Prince Kai.
What kept me reading, however, is we are still following Cinder as she discovers the origins that have been a mystery to her for years. How she became a Cyborg and who she was before she was the mechanic in new Beijing with the wicked stepmother.
The world continues to grow and characters who previously had nothing to do with each other manage to collide into one another. Two plots become one and the race is on.
Scarlet suffers from second book syndrome. Cinder was so strong of an entry for Meyer but Scarlet, unfortunately, fails to keep up. In the grand scheme of the series, though it may be a weak point, but it serves to give us a lot of important information about Cinder, the Lunars, Prince Kai and Queen Levana that we need to continue into the next installment: Cress.
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