Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication Date: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, FairyTale Retellings, Romance, Family


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.


This series is quite special to me.

Some months ago, after struggling with SO MANY science fiction reads, I came to the conclusion that, perhaps, it may not a genre for me. Dur. I didn’t take it well, let’s say, because that meant the hundreds and hundreds hyped sci-fi books out there would most likely not appeal to me either. I know that not every genre can work for everyone, but it’s always unfortunate to learn something like this. I just realized how dramatic my confession must have sounded, but I can’t help it if that’s how I felt at that time.

But, the thing is, after reading Cinder, Scarlet and some of their short stories and LOVING all of them – Scarlet the most however – I realized that, in the book world too, it is not exclusively black or white. There are shades, exceptions. And thank god, because starting this series literally made me realize how there are certainly some other books of this genre out there that I might enjoy as well. Seeking them doesn’t hurt. Now that this ‘‘problem’’ has been resolved, I shall start working my way to – at least – tolerating horror reads, heh.

Why I preferred this sequel to the first book is probably due to the fact that this continuation to the Lunar Chronicles series contained multiple POVs, unlike Cinder did, of what I remember. We had Cinder’s – of course, Scarlet’s, Kai’s, Captain Thorne’s and even one chapter from Queen Levana’s point of view. With so many different events, plunging into a state of boredom was something impossible to achieve. But no one’s complaining, *wink* *wink*.

Something else that appealed to me was the (swoon-worthy, handsome, charming, unforgettable…) male leads. I know Prince Kai was wonderful – even though a little too simple and banal, prince status aside – in book one, but I definitely saw a second side of him, more mature and serious and loyal in this read. If I wasn’t convinced before, now I absolutely agree that he would make a great and honest leader that will only grow and rule with kindness and as much fairness as possible.

The only thing that could have been different is Scarlet and Wolf’s love for each other. It did take time before they warmed up to one another, but, when they did, their sentiments did not gradually evolve from that point. In the contrary, like a rocket, it is as if whatever sparkled could not be controlled and, well, it did not feel realistic. Although, I can understand, this being a fairytale retelling, that some elements were rather embellished to a magical and dreamy point. On purpose or not, that I do not know.

Nonetheless, Scarlet deserves every single star I gave it!

*I did an exaggerated amount of statuses for this book; you can see them all HERE.

56 thoughts on “Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer

  1. I also love books that feature multiple POVs! It makes it more interesting and I love seeing different characters through each other’s eyes. I need to read this series already, I’ve been dying to read them for too long but haven’t been able to make any time to pick them up!


  2. AHA! It is a special series isn’t it?! I just can’t wait till Winter! I love how she can mix fairy tales and sci fi so well together even though they’re completely different genres!


  3. I had to skim a little, as I haven’t read Cinder yet (probably the last YA reader who hasn’t). If a book is able to engage you, enthrall you and leave you wanting more in a genre that usually isn’t your type of read, then that’s one of the greatest recommendations you can really make. I’m thrilled you’re loving this series so much, reminds me to break open my copy and read it soon too. Lovely review Lola ❤


  4. Finally, FINALLY, you love something as much as I loved it!! I didn’t have any problems with Wolf and Scarlet though–I thought the whole thing was PERFECT 😉 Great review, dollface!


  5. I absolutely LOVED Cinder!! I need to start this one pronto. I’m so glad you took the chance with The Lunar Chronicles seeing as you weren’t enjoying the sci-fi genre so much before. It’s all kinds of wonderful. Lovely review, Lola 🙂


  6. I love this series as well, though I prefer Cinder to Scarlet! Cinder is such a special book for me, it literally make me giggle or cry every single chapter! I’m waiting a little to start Cress though because I want Winter to be closer so I can read both of them at once!


  7. It’s wonderful that you had such a great time with this book. I really enjoyed book 1 but I still need to read this one. I’m curious! I hope I’ll prefer it as well. Great review!


  8. It’s been so long since I read this one but I remember absolutely loving it…which is always the most important thing. So happy to hear you’re having a fun time with the series 🙂 I remember absolutely loving Scarlet! It left me a mess too!


  9. I closed my eyes and scrolled to the bottom of the post. <– TRUE STORY. Why you ask? Because my friend was just telling me I need to start this series ASAP. She says it's that damn good!!! And you have book 2 at 5 stars!!! *throws confetti in the air* I need to get through three more books and I'm starting this series! *pinky promise* 😉


  10. Yay I’m so glad you’re opening up to books that are a bit out of your zone! That happened to me too, at first I was like “ewww, sci-fi AND fantasy-retelling?! PASS.” Now I kind of love both 😀 I’m so glad you loved this and the story and the characters as much as I did. Just wait until Cress, it gets better. Lovely review, Lola <33


  11. I *just* picked up cinder from the library and I so need to read it! So many great things said about this series, I am just loathe to hop on the bandwagon because I’m usually pretty disappointed by popular fiction. Still, I’m excited about this series.


  12. I agree! I loved this book more than Cinder as well. I think because maybe I sympathized with Scarlet more? I don’t know. Haven’t read Cress yet though 😦


  13. Oh one day I need to actually get to this series. I have book one and keep meaning to. Grrs at me for not trying them sooner.


  14. Yeah I will always love this series. And the best thing is that it just gets better and better! Sadly I didn’t truly appreciate Scarlet/Wolf’s love story as much I as did others. But they grew on me in Cress. Also, I think Cress is my favorite of this series. Can’t wait for Winter!!


  15. I love this series too. I already have Cress and Fairest but I haven’t read them yet because I’m waiting for the last book. I’m gonna re-read the whole series when I completed them.


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