//Re-read for the first time. I cannot say much because this is the second book in a series, so this might be a short review.
Title : Scarlet
Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : Lunar Chronicles #2
Genre : YA Sci-fi fantasy, Retelling
Goodreads summary :
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.
1. Plot-developmet : Whereas the plot in Cinder was pretty basic and just the beginning of the series, it develops a lot more in Scarlet, and grows to a larger extent. A lot of dots are connected, and quite a few questions are answered. I love the direction the story is going and the new elements added in the book are extremely exciting.
2. Character-development : The characters from the first book, mainly Cinder, Kai and Queen Levana reappear in this book and we get to know a lot more about them in this story. More layers of them each are revealed, and we just in general, discover and get to know so much more of them. Also, the new host of characters – mainly Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne are a delight to read, and I think this is probably the only series I’ve read where I love each and every character so much. I absolutely cannot choose a favorite.
3. Entertaining and engaging : The very point of this series is to be entertaining and engaging. It’s not one of your deep, life-changing, thoughtful novels, nor is it brimming with romance or anything. Instead, it is just purely for entertainment but in a good way. Like, even The Selection is pure entertainment but I would never call that series a good series. Lunar Chronicles, however, puts together a number of themes and tropes and it all just works together so well. That’s what makes it such a good series.
4. Action, romance and intrigue : This is a reflection of the last point, but I needed to stress on these three things. The action was fantastic – however much there was – and I hope we get more of such scenes in the later books. The subtle romance worked wonders to lighten the moment and it was definitely cute and not overly or dramatically done. Also, the intrigue and suspense – the way the plot uncovered slowly and secrets were revealed was really amazing.
This is exactly what I said in my review of Cinder (the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series) and I’m saying it again on here – I could not find any fault in this book. It may not be perfect – but that doesn’t mean that there has to be something wrong with it. It was a superbly entertaining book, and it was absolutely fantastic.
YA fantasy readers.
A ‘good book’ or a ‘good read’?
A good book. A really enjoyable read.