Ok it’s safe to say that I just finished reading Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and it’s even safer to say that I loved this book!
Cinder was a good read, it was fun and unique and it kept me interested, but Scarlet was even more engaging in my opinion. I couldn’t put it down and only stopped reading to do things that I absolutely had to do (work, sleep, etc.). Needless to say, when I finished this book I may have been doing something that looked like this.
Scarlet is a great heroine. She has worked hard for as long as she can remember on her grand-mere’s farm and her grandmother is the only family that Scarlet has. When her grandmother is kidnapped and her ID chip cut out, Scarlet is heartbroken and asks the police to help find her grandmother. However, after more than two weeks, the police give up and leave Scarlet to find out what happened to her grandmother on her own. I loved Scarlet as a character and I feel that she shows much more depth of emotion than Cinder did. I could relate to Scarlet more. She seemed like more of a real person that I would know in my own life. She was strong-willed and stubborn (which sometimes gets her into trouble), trusting (sometimes a little too trusting), and completely devoted to the woman who raised her.
To my surprise, Scarlet also continued the story of Cinder and Prince Kai! I didn’t read a synopsis or any reviews before I began reading, but I was very excited to read more of their story and see how the two stories intersected. I liked the side of Cinder that I saw in this story. She knows a little bit more about who she is and as a result is a more multi-dimensional character. It was much more enjoyable for me to read her story in this book than it was the last book.
Not to mention, I found myself seriously crushing on sexy, bad-boy Wolf and laughing out loud at Captain Thorne’s antics. The characters in this book feel fuller and as a reader, I am better able to connect with them.
I feel like author Marissa Meyer stepped it up a notch when she was writing this book. The writing is tight and the pacing of the story kept me going from page one through the end. Scarlet was less predictable than Cinder and I even found myself saying “WHAT?!?!” out loud a couple of times. My only complaint about this installation of The Lunar Chronicles was that Scarlet’s world felt much less post-apocalyptic than Cinder’s. I loved the world that Meyer created for Cinder, and while I got some of that as the book went on, Scarlet’s world was much more rural with less of the technologies that we saw in Cinder.
Unfortunately I don’t have Cress. So I have to wait until I can find a copy, which might be a little while… sigh.
I need the next book in this series right now. ASAP. Pronto.
You can read Chapter One of Scarlet on Marissa Meyer’s website here!