Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


This second book in the YA fairy-tale-inspired science-fiction series The Lunar Chronicles picks up where the cliff-hanging second book left off. Usually I like to take a break from series books, trying to wait long enough that I enjoy the anticipation of getting to the next book but not too long so that I forget what's actually going on. In this case, since the second book was already out when I read the first one, I couldn't wait very long.

This one alternates viewpoints between the cyborg Cinder (loosely based on the Cinderella story), our heroine of the first book, and a new character, Scarlet (loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood). At first I was a bit reluctant to accept an additional viewpoint character, but I was quickly drawn into Scarlet's end of things, and really, if one strong female protagonist is good, two are even better!

Meyer clearly has a whole lot of fun telling her story, set in a future in which the Earth is in danger from the malicious Lunar queen and her powerful, terrifying mental abilities. Cinder is now a fugitive, fleeing from the Commonwealth law enforcement (not to mention the hottie Prince Kai), and Scarlet is trying to find her grandmother, who has disappeared but seems to have been somehow involved in a super secret government project. Action, swash-buckling adventure, humor, mayhem - and a dash of romance - ensue.  This series is great fun, and I'm very much looking forward to the next book, Cress, which is due to be published in 2014.

Books in the Lunar Chronicles:
1. Cinder
2. Scarlet
3. Cress (2014)

Scarlet (#2 in the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel and Friends, 2013)

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