***Please note that this review is for the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Therefore it may contain spoilers for the first, Cinder***
“Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the
Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: ‘Comm received for mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.’
Heart jumping, she swerved just in time to keep the ship’s starboard side form skidding against the stone wall, and threw down the brakes before reaching a complete stop. Scarlet killed the engine, already grabbing the discarded portscreen. Its pale blue light glinted off the cockpit’s controls.”
Scarlet’s furious, her grandmere is missing and the police have closed the case, no one is helping her. When she bumps into Wolf, a street fighter, she barely trusts him, but it would appear he has some useful information that could lead her to her grandmere. Despite her pre-conceptions she knows she must give him a chance, especially when he appears to be a bit broken himself.
Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder is escaping her captivity. Gathering up a stray on her way busting out of the prison she and Thorne become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitives. But can they make sure Cinder is kept out of Queen Levana’s grasp and can Cinder find out what she needs to?
Last year I was accepted for the Netgalley of Cinder, I sat down to read it thinking it wasn’t my thing and expecting not to be too impressed. What happened was the complete opposite and I can honestly say I adored it. When the opportunity arose to carry on with the series I grabbed it as quickly as I could, and it didn’t disappoint.
This carries on where Cinder dropped off. Scarlet wasn’t a character in Cinder but her side of things was fantastic and I loved every bit of it, it gave a bit more background into the world and the Lunars, which I think was missing from the first book. Scarlet has her own problems and they soon escalate beyond measure, especially when her and Wolf meet with Cinder and her fellow convict, Thorne, late on in the book.
The stories intertwine well before that though and I loved what I discovered about Cinder and Scarlet and the world in Scarlet. I think Meyer has done a fantastic job of building this world and its social climate, as well as reflecting what we know from our lives into it.
The events of Scarlet are terrifying. Cinder and Scarlet, along with their male companions, are thrust into life threatening situations frequently. You are not aware of who can be trusted and who can’t and the people you meet shock you. Scarlet took me a while to read due to things popping up meaning I didn’t get chance to read but over the few days I read it, my mind was on it the whole time. I am so excited to see that there are two more books to follow in this series, but not so excited at the year long wait for the next, Cress.
I think that Meyer is a fantastic writer who can create amazing atmosphere in her books, Cinder didn’t sound like my thing but I read and loved it anyway, Scarlet I was so excited for I jumped up and down when it arrived, and it managed to live up to those expectations. I know I am not alone in my love for these books and I am certain that anyone reading them will become as enthralled as I am.
Scarlet is the second in The Lunar Chronicles series and was published by Puffin on February 7th. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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