Scarlet

Scarlet

Hardcover | February 5, 2013

byMarissa Meyer

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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

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, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. I...

Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.56 × 5.86 × 1.54 inPublished:February 5, 2013Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312642962

ISBN - 13:9780312642969

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! And the amazing story continues in this second book of the Lunar Chronicles. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first book. Great and important addition to the series!!!
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An excellent addition to the series I came to this series with high expectations as it was strongly recommended by my friends. I then had to wait rather impatiently for months for it to come available at my library. My expectations were totally met, it's no wonder that this series is popular. This is a fabulous second outing for Lunar Chronicles. I was warned by other readers that it's the weakest of the series, but having only read the first two books I disagree. I felt that this book held its own when compared to the first book. I loved the new characters and the way their adventure tied into Cinder's. The changing perspectives was written very well. I enjoyed the fact that I got to see what was happening with different groups of characters over the same period of time but the plot kept moving forward. The way that some of the characters motives were unclear and kept you guessing was fun to read. I was tense during a lot of this book just because situations could go very well or very poorly and there was no certainty as to how it was going to go. There was very little that I found predictable with this book. The romance was built believably, and I am in love with a number of the side characters and how they interact with the mains. I also was very intrigued with the little bits of insight we saw from the villains, I'm definitely looking forward to learning more. I've spoken of my love of reworked fairy tales before, and this is truly one of the best examples out there. I'm very eager to continue reading this series, apparently so are all the people ahead of me on the hold list at the library.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Personally, I really didn't like this book because of who It was about. I couldn't stand Scarlet and Wolf's romance. It was the most forced, unrealistic relationship since Tris and Four. But I still read it for Cinder. I loved the first book. And the books after this are really good.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I didnt love this book its between a 2.5 and 3 star rating, I enjoyed Cinder for a sci fi book normally not my thin but it was good so going in to this I thought it would be better but I could have lived without this one. I still will read the rest of the series but this one could have been better. :0)
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best Series Ever! The first book cinder, was a bit shaky but this book was flawless! So glad I bought it! I love the romance in this book, one of the best books I've ever read! It's a must read!!
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! Scarlet picks up where Cinder left off (and since I read Cinder SO LONG AGO, I had to reread the last bits of it to remember what was going on). We immediately jump into action: Cinder is breaking out of jail, Kai is trying to make Queen Levana semi-happy, and Scarlet is on the hunt for her grandmother. There is a lot of changing perspectives in this one because we already know Cinder, but we had to be introduced to Scarlet. There was a semi-connection between the two of them which meant that eventually their stories would intersect. However, I wasn't a huge fan of the jumping around. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been like a prologue of Cinder breaking out of jail and then just following Scarlet around until their stories connect but still getting updates on Cinder through the news. Then when she meets up with Scarlet, Cinder can tell her just how difficult it has been to find her for "X" reasons. I also don't think Kai's story was really necessary for this one until closer to the end, but again, that could have been shown just via news updates. I liked Scarlet -- to an extent. I liked that she wasn't willing to give up searching for her grandmother and that she fully believed in herself and her ability to get shit done. I also liked that she continued working while searching for clues to find her grandmother instead of just wallowing up and not being able to cope. I even liked her and Wolf together -- until the very end. Can I just say I sometimes do not like insta-love? And this is one of those cases. Because we never got a chance to see it develop because we were constantly flipping back and forth between stories -- and they never really got a chance to develop because it was a couple of days. Cinder was still pretty awesome. But I missed having her and Kai together. They had such good chemistry together! I understand that this book was to develop new characters (aka Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne), but it felt like the already introduced characters were semi-static because they weren't as developed in this one. Hopefully that will change with Cress, but I'm a little afraid that the focus there will also be on new characters and the older characters will just keep doing what they are doing and not really get developed. I do have to say though, I did enjoy this one much more than Cinder. I liked Cinder, but I wasn't a huge fan and I think that is why I waited so long before reading Scarlet (even though I have owned it since a couple months after it was released). Like it took me two years to read it... Overall: somewhere between a 3.5/5 and a 4/5 for me. It was interesting and I loved the take on the fairytale in this one, but it was also sort of meh to me.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Addition to The Lunar Chronicles Just like with Cinder, Marissa Meyer reimagines another famous fairy tale – this time Red Riding Hood – in a completely fresh and futuristic way. Scarlet is brave, impulsive, sassy, and not afraid to speak what's on her mind. When nobody believes her reclusive grandmother is missing, it just makes Scarlet all the more determined to find her. Her search leads her to encounter Wolf, a street fighter with secrets and a dark past. Much like Scarlet, I felt an irresistible pull towards Wolf, but I was also wary to trust his intentions, even if he was really the only person who could help her. Kai feels betrayed by Cinder's unintentional lies, and since discovering she's a Lunar, he's begun to doubt that the moments they shares together were genuine. Even so, he can't help rooting for her to never be caught by the evil Queen Levana. As the new emperor of the Eastern Commonwealth and faced with the threat of war, Kai has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. It will just make you hate Queen Levana even more. With the help of the arrogant and charming Captain Thorne (loved him right away!), Cinder escapes prison and also begins to search for Scarlet's grandmother. Marrisa Meyer has carefully left clues regarding Cinder's past, and we begin to fully grasp just how much it was a risk and danger it was to smuggle Cinder to Earth when she was such a young girl. Painful memories begin to surface, and while Cinder is not quite ready to accept her royal heritage, she's not trying to deny it anymore. Marissa Meyer's Scarlet is a brilliant addition to The Lunar Chronicles series. The action and suspense found on every single page will ensure you can't put the book down until you're finished!
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Let the good times roll Meyer once again delivers a stunning story in her second addition to the Lunar Chronicles. While I will admit I was not as memorized by the main character, Scarlet as I was by Cinder from the first book, I still loved the turns the plot of the story took and world that Meyer created. I also really enjoyed how the author linked the original Red Riding Hood story to her own creation. The connections were a bit more subtle this time around but that only served to increase their impact once they presented themselves. I loved watching the beginning stages of Cinder comes to terms with her identity and "gifts". I can't wait to see what can only be a breakout transformation in the next installment. Like I said I wasn't a big fan of Scarlet's character; she was one dimensional, one-tracked and frankly a bit of a brat. A Hadassah brat, but a brat none the less. I found that Wolf, more than she, had more to offer as a character to the story. Even Kai had more character development than her and he was barely in the book at all. The introduction of Thorne is a nice addition to the group and I hope he plays a stronger role in the next book. Overall the story was once again captivating and addicting. And save for Scarlet I was met with my favorite characters and some new ones too. I am so ready for the next book!
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than The First With a continued epic story line of Cinder, and the added characters in Scarlet; it really makes a spicy story. I had my doubts before, but the author carried out the story very well. I can't wait for more. I'm already devoted to buying the series.
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Sequel I love how the story is advancing and I can't wait to read Cress next. This story is building to a great adventure and it's not afraid to get a bit brutal at times.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunnig Absoluteley brilliant and very creative. I will recommend this to anyone
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wendy Very good can't wait to read the next book .
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked Liked it, even more interesting then cinder...
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first. Aka AMAZING! I finished this book in less than 24 hours. I was hooked from the very beginning. The characters were vivid and the ending? It was awesome. So called it, though. All in all, a magnificent read. 
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I expected! I didn't expect much from this series. YA books usually fail to hold my interest for very long. This series is well written and really quite entertaining! Predictable, yes, but in a good way. :) I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I expected! This was a great sequel! It was fast paced and exceeded my expectations. Other characters are introduced, one of which is Scarlet and she is fierce and so nice to read about. Highly recommend picking it up since it was even better than the first in the series!
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scarlet Great book can't wait to read the next one
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scarlet I absolutely loved this book. I was a big fan of the first book and the sequel scarlet did not disappoint. I loved how naturally the author brought two separate but intertwined stories into one. I was never bored although sometimes I could not wait to get to the next chapter to see what happened next to cinder or scarlet. Can't wait to read Cress!!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK Oh oh my goodness this book was so fantastic. Loved it so much it had all the right amount action and romance and mystery and just all the stuff you wanted a good book to have. I would recommend this book to everybody! But I just don't know how to wait till the next book comes out!! But I know when it does it will be well worth the wait!!!
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scarlet Great book! I can't wait for the next in the series!
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow.. Third time reading it... Wow can't wait till Cress and Winter!!!
Date published: 2013-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, Great series! I couldn't put the book down :) I can't wait to read the next one!!
Date published: 2013-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Well written, great characters... Anxiously awaiting the next book!
Date published: 2013-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scarlet A most excellent book 2 in this series. I can hardly wait for the Lunar saga to continue.
Date published: 2013-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised me: even better than the first! To my very surprise, this book turned out even better than the first one, CINDER. The first book had be truly captivated and I could not put the book down until it was finished. After finishing the first book, I was very excited for the second one. However, when I learned the second book would follow a completely different character and occasionally go back to Cinder, I was very disappointed. But despite the odds, this book threw my expectations away! Meyer has a talent: with the second book focusing on Scarlet, I found myself more drawn to Scarlet than Cinder in the second book. I've read other book series that switch protagonists between the books, and I have ALWAYS found myself liking the protagonist from the first book the best. Meyer made me like Scarlet so much, I didn't care that there were not as many chapters with Cinder's perspective! What blows my mind away about THE LUNAR CHRONICLES is the intertextuality with the original fairy tale. In CINDER, it was Cinderella; in SCARLET, it is Little Red Riding Hood. Just like I said about the first book, I expected this modern adaptation to follow the original fairy tale exactly, only changing the time setting and the characters. But the result is so much different from the original fairy tale. What I especially loved in both the first and second book (but this one does a better job at it), is that the story develops in a way that makes you forget about the original fairy tale. Meyer makes it seem like what is supposed to happen in the original fairy tale won't happen, or you feel a different way about the characters that are supposed to mirror their roles in the original fairy tale. And just when you think Meyer strays herself away from those roles and plots, BAM! It hits right back at you! I loved it! Again, this series reminds me of the HUSH, HUSH series by Becca Fitzpatrick. In CINDER, it was through the romantic tension. In SCARLET, it was through Wolf. Wolf reminded me a lot of Patch in HUSH, HUSH in many instances. His character (as Wolf develops, not at the very beginning) and actions consistently draw me back to Patch. I'm finding myself really drawn into the new characters Meyer presented in this book. There are two more books in this series, and I am now trying to figure out which fairy tales those will follow, simply based off the name of the next books. My only guess is that WINTER will be about Snow White. I don't even know if my guess is close! I never seem to figure it out until the blurb comes out, and then it smacks me like it was the most obvious thing in the world!
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and addicting While this book didn't draw me in like Cinder it was still a great read. The use of foreshadowing is rare in a young adult book anymore but was skillfully used in both novels. The continuity from the first book to this one help keep the reader engaged. Overall a great continuation to Cinder.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wowed Why must I wait a whole year for Cress???
Date published: 2013-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The second book in the Lunar Chronicles series was really good! The story begins the day after Cinder’s attendance at Prince Kai’s ball, and the news footage of her fall down the palace steps has been broadcast over the entire globe. Scarlet Benoit is an 18 year-old young woman, who lives with her grandmother in Rieux, France. Her grandmother has been missing for the past two weeks, and the only clue is her identification chip which has been left behind. The police have written off the disappearance as a likely suicide, since most people who want to disappear will cut out their ID chip. Scarlet doesn’t buy it. She knows her grandmother would never abandon her, and she is determined to find her. Scarlet meets a hungry young man named “Wolf,” who has a penchant for Scarlet’s homegrown tomatoes. He asks for a job as a farmhand, but Scarlet doesn’t really need one. Scarlet returns home one day to a ransacked house, and she finds her father searching for something. His arms have scars all over them, and he is utterly hysterical. Wolf happens to be with Scarlet and, when her father sees the tattoo on Wolf’s arm, he freaks out and tells Scarlet that Wolf is “one of them”- one of the men who abducted her grandmother and are holding her hostage for something they think she has. Wolf insists that he is no longer a part of the gang and that joining it was the biggest mistake of his life, but he offers to take Scarlet to the gang’s headquarters where he believes they would be holding her grandmother. Meanwhile, back in the Eastern Commonwealth, Cinder is trying to find a way to escape from her cell before Queen Levana can take her back to Luna. I absolutely loved Cinder when I listened to it last year and couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. I was curious how Meyer would tie the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood to Cinder’s, and she did it brilliantly! I do not want to give away any spoilers, so I will just say that I was really impressed how Cinder’s path and Scarlet’s path become tangled together. I really enjoyed Scarlet, though not as much as Cinder. Still, it was a solid book in the series. One big disappointment for me was the absence of Dr. Erland, who I adored in Cinder. I really missed his presence, and I hope that Cinder will be reunited with him in Cress which is expected to be published in 2014. On the plus side, I thought the budding romance between Scarlet and Wolf had more chemistry than Cinder’s relationship with Prince Kai. Meyer kept me on my toes, wondering whether Wolf was good or bad! Narrator Rebecca Soler is so good! I love her French accent, and she has the right amount of sass to bring attitude to Cinder’s and Scarlet’s characters without coming across as annoying. Her vocalizations make all the characters easily distinguishable, and her exuberance brings excitement to the story. I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wowed Why must I wait a whole year for Cress???
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from jump on the lunar train and enjoy the ride!!! you know how sequels are always the weakest link....YAH NOT this one. another wicked exciting and intense ride for scarlet (2nd novel in series). we are introduced to a new narrator scarlet- who is linked to cinder and her journey as an outlaw and her quest to find out the truth. i agree with past reviewers that i like cinder more than scarlet. there's something about cinder that clicks with me, or maybe it's because she the main character and the entire series evolves around her. scarlet was ok but she didn't have the same charisma as cinder. an old character returns but in another form. we also are introduced to new characters- wolf, jael, ran, grandmere, emilie and thorne. ok who doesn't love thorne. the relationship between cinder and throne provides the comedic relief- they are funny together. the bro and sister bickering....good touch lot's of fighting and action in this one from both characters' plots. cinder and her newly discovered use of "magic lunar" gift and wolf as a wrestler. this series is getting intense. EXTREMELY interested to see what is coming up next. though i'm sure it will be predictable like most YA series. regardless i'm dying to see what else meyer has in store of her faithful readers. extremely disappointed i have to wait till next yr and 2015 to read the final 2.
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown away! I can’t really go into everything I loved about Scarlet because it would be as long as the book. Seriously. All the characters, all the POVs, all the anguish and suspense and utter torment are SO worth it. I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way as I do. I have no idea how I’m going to function for a year as I wait for Cress. Literally. I’m like, listless. I can’t stop thinking about this book. Maybe it was the fact that I read it in half a day, that it was too much all at once? Ya, so don’t overdose on this book. Space it out a little, like give it two days. I’m just going to focus on characters because I don’t want to give too much away about the story for those who haven’t read the first book. Cinder: I missed her. I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy this book as much because it wouldn’t just be her and Kai’s POVs anymore, but don’t worry! There’s just enough of her in this. I feel like she’s got a lot of growth ahead of her as she tries to figure out the ethics of using her gift. What she does in this book will be just the tip of the ice berg. Plus she is so friggin awesome. She doesn’t take sh*t from anyone. Prince Kai: I feel SO bad for him in this book as he struggles with his feelings for Cinder, whether it was all a glamour or if he really likes her. I’m not going to go into any more because he only has a few chapters, the last of which will probably kill you. Scarlet: Another character who won’t take sh*t from anyone. She’s a girl on a mission (to find her grandmother) and she’s not going to let anyone stop her. I love her red hoodie, I love her hair, I love her attitude, I love her relationship with Wolf, I just love her. It seems to me like she’s got her priorities straight, and she won’t let anyone dissuade her when she’s got her mind fixed on something. Captain (Cadet) Carswell Thorne: I’m semi-confused about who he’s supposed to be in this fairy-tale adaptation, but he comes across as very Flynn Rider-ish to me, so hopefully I’ve pegged him right. This guy is hilarious, and his relationships with Cinder (him purposefully bugging her, Cinder making scathing remarks back) is spot on and perfect. It doesn’t feel threatening to the feelings that Cinder has for Kai. I’m not sure how that will change in the books ahead. Wolf: I was so confused with his story line because new things were introduced, and he kept adding more information, and Scarlet found out other things about him, so that when there’s this big reveal, it’s like BAM! Death. In a good way. He was the source of mystery in this book. I just want to note that the pacing is very different than Cinder. The first book set everything up: the world, the characters, and the conflict. Scarlet picks it up, has tons of action mixed in with some slower, more reflective moments. It’s the perfect balance, and it’s the perfect second book. It manages to satisfy some elements from the first book while introducing new conflicts and mysteries for the next books. Cinder was to The Fellowship of the Ring as Scarlet is to The Twin Towers. That’s the best analogy I can come up with. The whole time you’ll be leaning into the book, waiting for the moment when the two storylines will collide. And they do, so perfectly. I would give this book a 6/5, but that would screw up my rating system. So 5/5 for my favourite series. I can’t wait for Cress.
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the New Characters! Have you read Cinder? If not what the heck are you waiting for because you are going to need to pick this one up as soon as you can. I was hesitant to start Cinder myself but it seriously wow'd me. Now Scarlet was something that I was genuinely excited for and it still had me hooked. With it's new characters and all of the action it was hard to put this one down! This book was so different from the first one. I know it's not the same book but normally they carry a lot of similarities. Though it still has Meyer's clear and expressive writing it also has many different POV's. Have I mentioned that I love books that are written from the views of different characters?! Well I do. You get to hear it from Scarlet, Cinder and Prince Kai. Though Prince Kai is the one you read from the least I still love it. Rather than that you still get the same awesome world (well future world) and riveting writing. Scarlet is the furthest thing from a push over. This girl is all action and after reading the book I'm not sure she really understands the meaning of no. When the police close her Grandmothers case she is determined to prove them wrong. I loved that she was willing to do whatever it took to find out the truth. This meant if she had to go into places that she would have never even considered before than heck ya she was on it. This Red Riding Hood is not the sweet and innocent girl that you would expect. I mean ya red hoodie but the girl packs some heat. I mean a gun in her belt HECK YA! The way in which Cinder was tied into this rocked as well. I'm not really sure if it was Cinder tied into this but more Scarlet tied into Cinder. She also got a little help from the wonderfully entertaining Carswell Thorne. He kind of comes with the escape from jail deal but it works out for the better. With him Cinder gets a cocky and self loving companion. The chapters that these two are featured in have some serious laughs packed in, as well as action because hey, they are both fugitives and are kind of stuck together. I did enjoy the growth and realizations that Cinder had throughout this novel. She is finally starting to see and embrace what she really is and could really become. Everything about this one was wonderful and Meyer made it so easy to just fall back into the world she created and fall in love with the characters that are both new and old. Just like how she tied in Cinderella, Red Riding Hood was tied in with her red hoody and a type of big bad wolf. May I just add that the way the wolf was tied in to the entire story was BRILLIANT! I was upset that Kai kind of gave in when he should have remained strong but the truth is I still love him and will forgive the transgression but only just this once. I was so excited to get this book and get it started that I didn't even factor in my early review copy just made me have to wait longer for the next book!! I'm not even sure how I am going to deal with the wait. Meyer has done some seriously amazing work and done something I never though possible. She made a story with cyborgs and much more that I am completely and utterly in love with! I would recommend this series to everyone but also tell them to prepare to die waiting for each new installment.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the New Characters! Have you read Cinder? If not what the heck are you waiting for because you are going to need to pick this one up as soon as you can. I was hesitant to start Cinder myself but it seriously wow'd me. Now Scarlet was something that I was genuinely excited for and it still had me hooked. With it's new characters and all of the action it was hard to put this one down! This book was so different from the first one. I know it's not the same book but normally they carry a lot of similarities. Though it still has Meyer's clear and expressive writing it also has many different POV's. Have I mentioned that I love books that are written from the views of different characters?! Well I do. You get to hear it from Scarlet, Cinder and Prince Kai. Though Prince Kai is the one you read from the least I still love it. Rather than that you still get the same awesome world (well future world) and riveting writing. Scarlet is the furthest thing from a push over. This girl is all action and after reading the book I'm not sure she really understands the meaning of no. When the police close her Grandmothers case she is determined to prove them wrong. I loved that she was willing to do whatever it took to find out the truth. This meant if she had to go into places that she would have never even considered before than heck ya she was on it. This Red Riding Hood is not the sweet and innocent girl that you would expect. I mean ya red hoodie but the girl packs some heat. I mean a gun in her belt HECK YA! The way in which Cinder was tied into this rocked as well. I'm not really sure if it was Cinder tied into this but more Scarlet tied into Cinder. She also got a little help from the wonderfully entertaining Carswell Thorne. He kind of comes with the escape from jail deal but it works out for the better. With him Cinder gets a cocky and self loving companion. The chapters that these two are featured in have some serious laughs packed in, as well as action because hey, they are both fugitives and are kind of stuck together. I did enjoy the growth and realizations that Cinder had throughout this novel. She is finally starting to see and embrace what she really is and could really become. Everything about this one was wonderful and Meyer made it so easy to just fall back into the world she created and fall in love with the characters that are both new and old. Just like how she tied in Cinderella, Red Riding Hood was tied in with her red hoody and a type of big bad wolf. May I just add that the way the wolf was tied in to the entire story was BRILLIANT! I was upset that Kai kind of gave in when he should have remained strong but the truth is I still love him and will forgive the transgression but only just this once. I was so excited to get this book and get it started that I didn't even factor in my early review copy just made me have to wait longer for the next book!! I'm not even sure how I am going to deal with the wait. Meyer has done some seriously amazing work and done something I never though possible. She made a story with cyborgs and much more that I am completely and utterly in love with! I would recommend this series to everyone but also tell them to prepare to die waiting for each new installment.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read While I thought Scarlet was an excellent story I still couldn't give it the full 5 stars because I just didn't click with the character of Scarlet. She came across as somewhat sterotypical in that she is a firey redhead who kept popping off at others. The character of Wolf is intriguing but he still had that whole McBroody pants thing going on. On the whole I enjoyed Cinder's continuing adventures a bit more than the Scarlet storyline in that Cinder's "on page" chemistry with Iko and the Cadet/Captain introduces moments of levity into the story.
Date published: 2013-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An very strong "book two" I really quite liked this. As a sequel to "Cinder," there were two parts to this tale going at the same time - the first introduces the next character, Scarlet, and re-tells and updates the Little Red Riding Hood myth to this Lunar mythology. The second part to the story continues from the first, telling of what happens to Cinder next after her incarceration post-ball. The two threads stay apart for most of the book - Scarlet is unsure whether she should trust a streetfighter who might help her find her missing Grandmere, Cinder is on the run with a new companion - but coalesce near t.he end for a satisfying progression of the plot without overwhelming the Scarlet storyline. Often, book two in a series suffers from fatigue. It's a bridge-book, the character grows but the main conflict doesn't really impact much and it's a "set-up" more than anything else. By weaving in the fresh story of Scarlet among the continuance of Cinder's story, I think "Scarlet" succeeded more than most second books in keeping the pace going and feeling fresh. I look forward to the next installment.
Date published: 2013-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Cinder! Last year when Cinder came out I was blown away by it’s originality. Fairy tales and science fiction – why have these two genres not be combined in such a way before? I didn’t think it could be any better but then came Scarlet. Scarlet brings the Lunar Chronicles to a whole new level. Cinder was an enjoyable story with an interesting plot but all in all it was pretty straight forward. Scarlet’s plot is more layered, more complex. The characters are even more fleshed out. The whole book seems smarter and masterfully told. You always hope the sequel will be better than the original. That it will be a strong next step in the series. And Scarlet most certainly delivers. Marissa Meyer is a master story teller. Hints of what’s to comes and inter-weaving plot lines. I’m so impressed with the way she can keep everything straight. This story has expanded so much from that of Cinder and Kai. Now Thorne, Wolf and Scarlet are wrapped up in it as well. There was so much planning and forethought put into this story I couldn’t help but think of J K Rowling and Harry Potter while reading. Like I mentioned there are a few new characters, the most important of which is Scarlet (of course). I adored Scarlet. She is everything I love in a character. Attitude, dedication to her family, brave, takes charge of the situation and doesn’t take no for an answer. And she wears hoodies. I think it would be pretty hard not to like her. I’m interested to see where her head-strong personality takes her next and how Marissa will tie her into the following two books. At the end of 2012 I awarded Kai the award for “Best Love Interest” ad while he still plays an important role in this book and is still sweet and adorable he has some competition now. Captain Thorne and Wolf are sure to win you over. Wolf is your dark and dangerous type but he has a heart of gold underneath his tough exterior. But personally, it was Thorne was his swashbuckling ways and fantastic sense of humour that stole my heart. I’m really anxious to get my hands on Cress and see what shenanigans are sure to follow him. Recommendation: Scarlet is a fantastic sequel and one that takes The Lunar Chronicles to a whole new level of story telling. Highly recommended. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Wow, just wow. Honestly I don't even know where to start with this review. I guess I will just pick my jaw up from the ground to begin with. So Scarlet, the second instalment of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, I might have liked it even more than Cinder. Crazy I know, since I loved Cinder. But I'm not really sure what happened when I started reading this one. I just couldn't stop. I dragged this book around until it was done. First of all, just look at that cover! I love how it's so similar to Cinder's cover and not at the same time. All you get to see is Little Red's cape and hair. In case you are wondering, no Scarlet doesn't run around in a cape being all super hero-y. She has a red hoodie, much more tactful for fitting in in the future. So, there are multiple points of view in this one, which made me a very happy person because I quite enjoy the multiple PoV's. Especially, as in Scarlet there is a lot going on and you really need everyone's PoV. It starts off with Scarlet, so we get to meet our new favourite, ass kicking, ginger, farmer girl. All Scarlet wants is to find her grandmother, who has disappeared. She is sure that she was kidnapped but everyone else, including the police, think her grandmother is crazy and ran away. Scarlet is thinking about trying to find her gran herself when Wolf shows up. He is new to town and asks Scarlet for a job on her farm, she doesn't trust him and turns him away (good girl! You can't trust a Wolf!). Unfortunately, she finds out that she needs his help and falls for him hard (Bad girl!). There is huge betrayal, I don't know if it can be forgiven, but that's all I'm going to say on that matter. I really like Scarlet, even with her judgement lapses. I hope there is a bit more with her in the next books! Cinder is fleeing, with the help of a fellow inmate, she manages to get a hold of a ship and evade capture, for the time being. They realize that they need to find someone from Cinder's past (although she doesn't let "Captain" Thorne in on this). There isn't really a whole lot of character building with Cinder this time since she is mostly trying to not be sent back to prison so her evil aunt won't get a hold of her and try to kill her, again. But she is still awesome! Also, IKO IS BACK!!! I'm not going to tell you how, but Iko is so not impressed right away. The third point of view is Prince Kai! There's not really a lot from his PoV, since most of it is him trying to track down Cinder so Queen Levana doesn't start a war over all of this. We all know she's just using it as an excuse though. Kai make a very bad decision in this book :( Kai, you make us all sad! Wolf. I love him, I hate him, I love him, I hate him, I love him. Seriously. He really needs to stop being so nice and then an ass. You can't trust him at all. You want to like him, but he's the big bad wolf, so clearly he's bad, right? Bad and yummy. *sigh* Yes, I liked Scarlet possibly more than Cinder. I can't get over how Marissa Meyer just writes in a way that I can't physically put a book down. It's crazy. She has an amazing way with words. There was so much going on but it isn't at all confusing. I cannot wait for Cress to come out. Really, I can't. It's going to be a LONG year. In case you haven't figured out if I recommend this or not yet, yes, yes, YES! You have to read this series, it is an amazing retelling! All science fiction-y and such. I loved it! See, there's five owls down there! *Review was originally posted on Owl Read It* *A review copy was provided by the publisher.*
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than first The Good Stuff Thorne is so awesome, I have a total crush on him (Which makes me feel all sort of cougarish). Reminds me of a cross between Han Solo and Jaime Lannister (well a teenage version of course) Think I like Scarlet even better than Cinder -- she is totally kick ass and less whiny (although nice character development with Cinder in this installment) Story has tons of fun humour which really added to the story Nice chemistry between Scarlet and Wolf Fast paced Love the banter between Thorne and Cinder -- please oh please let her fall for him instead of Kai (who really came across as whiny in this book) Introduces new characters, but still keeps the story of Cinder herself fresh Loved the Iko bits - nice fun stuff The Not so Good Stuff Not as obvious in this installment but still not a lot of surprises, pretty easy to figure out the "surprise" moments -- than again I am 42 Crap how long to I have to wait for the next installment - read Cinder followed immediately by Scarlett -- and now I have to wait how long -- man sometimes these trilogies piss me off LOL - yeah I know whine whine, you get books before other people whine whine Favorite Quotes/Passages "He was still dazed, and though she hated to admit it, he was actually rather attractive. If a girl happened to like that square-jaw, bright-blue-eyes, devilish-dimples kinnd of thing. Although he was in desperate need of a haircut and a good shave." "A relieved grin filled up Thorne's face. "We're having another moment, aren't we?" "If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are." Cinder slumped back on the floor. "Although maybe I'm just too exhausted to want to strangle anybody." "I suspect you would shoot me all over again if you thought it would help your grandmother." "She blinked up at him, almost surprised to discover how close they were standing. "I would," she said. "But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be sorry about it aftarward." Who Should/Shouldn't Read you could read this without reading Cinder and not be entirely confused Obviously if you enjoyed Cinder you will love this -- maybe even more 4.25 Dewey's I borrowed this from fellow book nerd Chandra now passing on to Jen
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action-packed sequel! Enjoyed even more than the 1st book! When we last left off from the first book, Cinder has found herself now in prison after being captured at Prince Kai's ball. While she is plotting her escape in New Beijing, Scarlet Benoit over in France is searching for her missing grandmother. During her investigations, she encounters a streetfighter named Wolf who apparently knows something surrounding her grandmother's disappearance. With no other leads, and no other choice, Scarlet begrudgingly trusts him, finding herself falling further and further into a bigger mystery than she initially thought. While I enjoyed the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, I really loved this one so much more. I enjoyed the different story lines and the dynamic of two main characters rather than an entire book just about Cinder. While I understand that it was necessary to do that and establish the world that they live in, I was able to more fully immerse myself in Scarlet because of the added variety of characters and scenarios. To me, I always pictured Hugh Jackman's Wolverine whenever I read about Wolf... if the rest of the cast was a bit older or Hugh was a more appropriate age. Especially with his introduction as a streetfighter, it reminded me of the beginning of the first X-Men movie. All the players in this series have such distinct voices & characteristics that they really successfully play off each other. Scarlet works even better as a fairytale retelling because of all that we know about these characters already. So having hints of that come out are like DVD easter eggs, waiting to be found by the fans. Scarlet will make you laugh, swoon and scream in (good) frustration - an absolutely fantastic sequel to a 4-book series! This, and other reviews can be found on JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2013-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Read! I was lucky enough to score an early ARC of this title and THOROUGHLY enjoyed every page! Cinder is back in this second installment of the Lunar Chronicles Quartet and the adventure continues in high stakes sci-fi with Scarlet and Wolf, a clever, futuristic and swoon-worthy romantic take on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. For my full, squee-filled, gifs-ahoy review, see Good Reads :) http://indg.ca/uPGPibV
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated out of 5 by from I was lucky enough to score an early ARC of this title and THOROUGHLY enjoyed every page! Cinder is back in this second installment of the Lunar Chronicles Quartet and the adventure continues in high stakes sci-fi with Scarlet and Wolf, a clever, futuristic and swoon-worthy romantic take on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. For my full, squee-filled, gifs-ahoy review, see Good Reads :) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/353384549
Date published: 2012-08-07

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One  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 from skidding against the stone wall, and threw down the brakes before reaching a complete stop. Scarlet killed the engine, already grabbing for the discarded portscreen. Its pale blue light glinted off the cockpit’s controls.They’d found something.The Toulouse police must have found something.“Accept!” she yelled, practically choking the port in her fingers.She expected a vidlink from the detective assigned to her grandmother’s case, but all she got was a stream of unembellished text.28 AUG 126 T.E.RE: CASE ID #AIG00155819, FILED ON 11 AUG 126 T.E.THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO INFORM SCARLET BENOIT OF RIEUX, FRANCE, EF, THAT AS OF 15:42 ON 28 AUG 126 THE CASE OF MISSING PERSON(S) MICHELLE BENOIT OF RIEUX, FRANCE, EF, HAS BEEN DISMISSED DUE TO LACK OF SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE OF VIOLENCE OR NONSPECIFIC FOUL PLAY. CONJECTURE: PERSON(S) LEFT OF OWN FREE WILL AND/OR SUICIDE.CASE CLOSED.WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATRONAGE OF OUR DETECTIVE SERVICES.The comm was followed by a video ad from the police, reminding all delivery ship pilots to be safe and wear their harnesses while engines were running.Scarlet stared at the small screen until the words turned into a screaming blur of white and black and the ground seemed to drop out from beneath the ship. The plastic panel on the back of the screen crunched in her tightening grip.“Idiots,” she hissed to the empty ship.The words CASE CLOSED laughed back up at her.She released a guttural scream and slammed the port down on the ship’s control panel, hoping to shatter it into pieces of plastic and metal and wire. After three solid whaps, the screen only flickered in mild irritation. “You idiots!” She threw the port at the floorboards in front of the passenger seat and slumped back, stringing her curly hair through her fingers.Her harness cut into her chest, suddenly strangling, and she released the buckle and kicked open her door at the same time, half falling into the alley’s shadows. The grease and whiskey scent from the tavern nearly choked her as she swallowed her breaths, trying to rationalize her way out of the anger.She would go to the police station. It was too late to go now—tomorrow, then. First thing in the morning. She would be calm and logical and she would explain to them why their assumptions were wrong. She would make them reopen the case.Scarlet swiped her wrist over the scanner beside the ship’s hatch and yanked it up harder than the hydraulics wanted to let it go.She would tell the detective that he had to keep searching. She would make him listen. She would make him understand that her grandma hadn’t left of her own free will, and that she most certainly had not killed herself.Half a dozen plastic crates filled with garden vegetables were crammed into the back of the ship, but Scarlet hardly saw them. She was miles away, in Toulouse, planning the conversation in her head. Calling on every last persuasion, every ounce of reasoning power she had.Something had happened to her grandmother. Something was wrong and if the police didn’t keep looking, Scarlet was going to take it to court and see that every one of their turnip-head detectives was disbarred and would never work again and—She snatched a gleaming red tomato in each fist, spun on her heels, and pummeled the stone wall with them. The tomatoes splattered, juice and seeds spraying across the piles of garbage that were waiting to go into the compactor.It felt good. Scarlet grabbed another, imagining the detective’s doubt when she’d tried to explain to him that up and disappearing was not normal behavior for her grandma. She pictured the tomatoes bursting all over his smug little—A door swung open just as a fourth tomato was obliterated. Scarlet froze, already reaching for another, as the tavern’s owner draped himself against the door frame. Gilles’s narrow face was glistening as he took in the slushy orange mess Scarlet had made on the side of his building.“Those better not be my tomatoes.”She withdrew her hand from the bin and wiped it down on her dirt-stained jeans. She could feel heat emanating from her face, the erratic thumping of her pulse.Gilles wiped the sweat off his almost-bald head and glared, his default expression. “Well?”“They weren’t yours,” she muttered. Which was true—they were technically hers until he paid her for them.He grunted. “Then I’ll only dock three univs for having to clean off the mess. Now, if you’re done with target practice, maybe you could deign to bring some of that in here. I’ve been serving wilted lettuce for two days.”He popped back into the restaurant, leaving the door open. The noise of dishes and laughter spilled out into the alley, bizarre in its normality.Scarlet’s world was crashing down around her and nobody noticed. Her grandmother was missing and nobody cared.She turned back to the hatch and gripped the edges of the tomato crate, waiting for her heart to stop hammering behind her sternum. The words from the comm still bombarded her thoughts, but they were beginning to clear. The first wave of aggression was left to rot with the smashed tomatoes.When she could take in a breath without her lungs convulsing, she stacked the crate on top of the russet potatoes and heaved them out of the ship.The line cooks ignored Scarlet as she dodged their spitting skillets, making her way to the cool storage room. She shoved the bins onto the shelves that had been labeled in marker, scratched out, and labeled again a dozen times over the years.“Bonjour, Scarling!”Scarlet turned around, pulling her hair off her clammy neck.Émilie was beaming in the doorway, eyes sparkling with a secret, but she pulled back when she saw Scarlet’s expression. “What—”“I don’t want to talk about it.” Slipping past the waitress, she headed back through the kitchen, but Émilie made a dismissive noise in the back of her throat and trotted after her.“Then don’t talk. I’m just glad you’re here,” she said, latching on to Scarlet’s elbow as they ducked back into the alleyway. “Because he’s back.” Despite the angelic blond curls that surrounded Émilie’s face, her grin suggested very devilish thoughts.Scarlet pulled away and grabbed a bin of parsnips and radishes, passing them to the waitress. She didn’t respond, incapable of caring who he was and why it mattered that he was back. “That’s great,” she said, loading a basket with papery red onions.“You don’t remember, do you? Come now, Scar, the street fighter I was telling you about the other … oh, maybe that was Sophia.”“The street fighter?” Scarlet squeezed her eyes shut as a headache started to throb against her forehead. “Really, Ém?”“Don’t be like that. He’s sweet! And he’s been here almost every day this week and he keeps sitting in my section, which definitely means something, don’t you think?” When Scarlet said nothing, the waitress set the bin down and fished a pack of gum from her apron pocket. “He’s always really quiet, not like Roland and his crowd. I think he’s shy … and lonely.” She popped a stick into her mouth and offered another to Scarlet.“A street fighter who seems shy?” Scarlet waved the gum away. “Are you listening to yourself?”“You have to see him to understand. He has these eyes that just…” Émilie fanned her fingers against her brow, feigning heatstroke.“Émilie!” Gilles appeared at the door again. “Stop flapping those lips and get in here. Table four wants you.” He cast a glare at Scarlet, a silent warning that he’d be docking more univs from her fee if she didn’t stop distracting his employees, then pulled back inside without waiting for a response. Émilie stuck her tongue out after him.Settling the basket of onions against her hip, Scarlet shut the hatch and brushed past the waitress. “Is table four him?”“No, he’s at nine,” Émilie grumbled, scooping up the load of root vegetables. As they passed back through the steamy kitchen, Émilie gasped. “Oh, I’m so daft! I’ve been meaning to comm and ask about your grand-mère all week. Have you heard anything new?”Scarlet clenched her jaw, the words of the comm buzzing like hornets in her head. Case closed.“Nothing new,” she said, then let their conversation get lost in the chaos of the cooks screaming at each other across the line.Émilie followed her as far as the storeroom and dropped off her load. Scarlet busied herself rearranging the baskets before the waitress could say something optimistic. Émilie attempted the requisite “Try not to worry, Scar. She’ll be back” before backing away into the tavern.Scarlet’s jaw was starting to ache from gnashing her teeth. Everyone talked about her grandma’s disappearance as if she were a stray cat who would meander back home when she got hungry. Don’t worry. She’ll be back.But she’d been gone for over two weeks. Just disappeared without sending a comm, without a good-bye, without any warning. She’d even missed Scarlet’s eighteenth birthday, though she’d bought the ingredients for Scarlet’s favorite lemon cake the week before.None of the farmhands had seen her go. None of the worker androids had recorded anything suspicious. Her portscreen had been left behind, though it offered no clues in its stored comms, calendar, or net history. Her leaving without it was suspicious enough. No one went anywhere without their ports.But that wasn’t the worst of it. Not the abandoned portscreen or the unmade cake.Scarlet had also found her grandmother’s ID chip.Her ID chip. Wrapped in cheesecloth spotted red from her blood and left like a tiny package on the kitchen counter.The detective said that’s what people did when they ran away and didn’t want to be found—they cut out their ID chips. He’d said it like he’d just solved the mystery, but Scarlet figured most kidnappers probably knew that trick too. Copyright © 2013 by Marissa Meyer

Editorial Reviews

"A great choice for all ages, with strong appeal for both girls and boys, these novels will be read and enjoyed--repeatedly." -VOYA, starred review"It's another Marissa Meyer roller coaster ride, part science fiction/fantasy, part political machination with a hint of romance. Readers will be pushed into a horrific alternate universe where violence, especially mind manipulation and control, create ethical and life-threatening situations for both teens. With at least one more Lunar Chronicle to come, the suspense continues. And which fairy tale will Meyer morph next?" -Booklist, starred review"Returning fans of Meyer's Cinder will gladly sink their teeth into this ambitious, wholly satisfying sequel." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"The author has stepped up the intrigue and plot from the first novel, and readers will be eagerly awaiting the next." -School Library Journal"Further development of this futuristic world plus plenty of action, surprises, and a fast pace will keep readers invested in their journey." -The Horn Book"The sci-fi elements are stronger than the fairy-tale allusions this time out, but the story remains just as absorbing . . . Readers will be thrilled to discover that this steampunky fairy-tale/sci-fi mashup promises two more installments." -BCCB