Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: February 5th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Audiobook Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
Description: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling 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.
I really enjoyed Cinder and thought Scarlet was an interesting sequel, but to me it wasn’t as good as Cinder. I liked the Scarlet was a tough redhead who didn’t back down or hide from danger. She’s a really cool character and I really liked her. Scarlet’s Grandmother is missing and Scarlet believes she has been kidnapped. She meets someone who goes by the name of “Wolf” who says he might be able to help find and rescue Scarlet’s Grandmother.
For a long time we don’t know whether we can trust Wolf or not since after reading The Queen’s Army, we know who he works for, but I really enjoyed the interactions between Scarlet and Wolf and the way their feelings for each other developed. There were some really cool bombshells dropped and secrets revealed about Scarlet and her Grandma that I found really intriguing.
I liked that the book went back and forth with Scarlet’s story and also Cinder’s until the two crossed paths. I enjoyed meeting Thorne and even though he was a bit cocky, he was funny too. Cinder and Iko are still my favorite in this series so far and I enjoyed more of Iko’s personality coming out in her new… er… body. I’m really interested to see how the story continues and I really hope Cinder kills the Queen in the final book.
Queen Leavana made the list of my top 10 villains because she is just so despicable and completely lacking in any kind of heart. I absolutely love to hate her. I also find the Lunar gifts pretty interesting, but I had to Google the definition of thaumaturge though because I didn’t really understand the role of these people in leading each gang.
I was disappointed however in the way events unfolded where Scarlet’s Grandma was being held. I’m not going to give away spoilers, but it kind of felt unnecessary and defeated some of the purpose of the whole journey. Also, yes, this was very much a journey book, so there were parts that I found a bit dull for my tastes.
So overall Scarlet was a good read and I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first book. I hope the next one is as awesome as all the ARC reviews I’m reading make it out to be.