Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is the second story in the amazing Lunar Chronicles, which repackages classic fairytales in futuristic settings. There are two parallel storylines that will entertain readers, the continuing saga of Cinder and Prince Kai and the emerging relationship between Scarlet and Wolf. Since I adored the first book, Cinder, all I wanted to read was Cinder Part 2 but after the first chapter, I was thrilled that Marissa decided to bring in more characters.
As brilliant as it was to turn Cinderella into a cyborg, I loved her version of Little Red Riding Hood. Scarlet is an organic farmer transporting her produce to fringe societies, trying to make a living while staying alive. Wolf is a troubled Street Fighter who stumbles into her life and can’t resist their mutual attraction. Being a romantic, I appreciated the author taking liberties to the classic children’s tale and evolving it into a relationship between the alpha bad boy and the feisty red haired heroine. Also in this story, both Cinder and Kai are struggling with their true identities, to become who they are meant to be, and to find their way back to each other. This book really set-up some fascinating storyline threads for a great book 3.
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