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Cinder | Scarlet |
Cress | Winter
Publication (dd/mm/yyyy): 17/01/2013
Publisher: Penguin (Puffin)
Source: Publisher (thanks, Tina!)
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|A satisfying sequel.|
Scarlet is the sequel to Marissa Meyer’s debut YA novel, Cinder. This book follows both Cinder and Scarlet as their perilous adventures eventually lead them to finding and helping each other. Queen Levana’s army is growing ever stronger and the fate of Earth rests with a group of misfits—an estranged Lunar princess; a prison-break captain; a red-headed teenage girl, whose best friend might just be her gun; and finally, Wolf.
The estranged Lunar princess, aka, Cinder. You remember her from her titular novel. She’s humble and an honest hard-worker whose diligence and determination drive her to achieving her goals. She’s not always put-together, and she’s a bit naïve—but she develops and grows more courageous in Scarlet. She’s brash, pragmatic and judgemental. Careful. And I like that. Her exchanges with Captain Thorne are spot-on and I enjoyed every moment they spent together.
The prison-break captain, aka, Thorne. His crime? Protesting for better soap. He’s so funny and clever, but not in the conventional way. I love his sarcasm and dry wit, and the dynamic between him and Cinder is just the absolute best.
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The red-headed teenage girl, aka, Scarlet. She’s our Little Red-Riding Hood, whose appearance is easily discernible by her scarlet hoodie and fiery red hair. She’s a badass who won’t take crap from anyone. Her grand-mere went missing a week ago and the police—who believe she ran away of her own accord—have just given up. So what does she do? Rather than sit and wait around like a good little girl she’s going to get her back, no matter what. Snarky and a good shot—I like her.
Wolf, aka, Wolf. Quite simply, Wolf is Wolf. He’s a mystery to us for a good length of the novel and it’s hard to know his true intentions for agreeing to help Scarlet in her mission. The background surrounding him is really interesting and I think his development is well done overall.
I think the take on the famous fairytale was pretty cool. I actually read the fairytale told by the Grimm brothers (Little Red-Cap) recently, and the outcomes and feeling of despair translate pretty well into Scarlet.
Scarlet is written in third-person dual narrative. Despite the fact that the writing style is exactly the same as Cinder, the book seemed to drag out, and I think it’s because there are so many scene breaks (due to the dual perspective). I started reading Scarlet on the 8th of March and finished just on the 11th this May. I know I’m a relatively slow reader, but this was a sequel of a book that I highly enjoyed! The fact that it took me so long to finish must mean something. Despite my issues with it, I think Meyer has done a fairly good job of splitting up the perspectives and it’s easy to tell when the scene has shifted over.
The book ends at a good place, I think. Without any particular spoilers, decisions are made, which leads to a more grand and dangerous third book in the Lunar Chronicles quartet. I’m really curious to see how Meyer spins the tale of Rapunzel in Cress and I look forward to continuing the adventure!
First line: 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 Tolouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons."
"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.” (107)
"She [Levana] kept a hold on her people by tricking both their eyes and their hearts. She ruled with fear, yes, but also with adoration. It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognised it as abuse. (196)
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A reader's photoset of the settings in Scarlet | Post #2
I have received this review copy in return for an honest review.