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Title: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 512

Publisher:Feiwel & Friends; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)

Continuing my review of the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer today’s review is for the second installment Scarlet.


Official Summary

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Highlights of What I Loved

Carswell Thorne

His constant insistence that people call him “Captain” (he’s a disgraced cadet from the American Republic) reminded me of Jack Sparrow but in all other ways he was more of a Han Solo. Only less cynical. Vain and self absorbed. A thief and ladies man. He also proves to be loyal and good hearted. Mostly he’s funny. Like all the best lines are his. He and Cinder were an amazing BROTP (and that’s all folks…another plus for this series is its lack of love triangles). Cinder can’t stand him at first but he does bring some assets to her escape attempt…namely he has a stolen spaceship.

Only Iko got it right.

Only Iko got it right.

Scarlet and Wolfs Not So Excellent Adventure in Paris

Fun because it was reminiscent of Luis and Claudia in An Interview with a Vampire and their encounters in the underworld there.

Here we get wolves instead of vampires and some rather creepy goings on in the long abandoned and decrepit Paris Opera House.

Once Wolf and Scarlet’s story line connects with Cinder and Thorne’s I could really see the inspiration Meyer’s got from the TV series Firefly. Sailor Moon was another inspiration of hers, but having never seen it all those references would be flying over my head. I love the rag tag team Cinder is collecting around her and how they all relate and deal with each other. There’s humor, bad tempers, and romantic awkwardness.


Emperor Charming and Queen Levana continue to face off in the wake of Cinder’s escape. It’s pretty sad and sweet to see Kai sending the entire military in search of Cinder all the while hoping they won’t find her and the reluctant pride that creeps up as his advisers update him on her status . Alas to help quell hostilities he also makes a big (STUPID) decision that sends Cinder into over drive and becomes one of the main driving forces in Cress.

Cinder's reaction to Kai's big announcement.

Cinder’s reaction to Kai’s big announcement.

With its unique and engaging new characters and deepening plot I think I may have enjoyed Scarlet even more than Cinder. It also becomes very clear as the series goes on that Meyer has meticulously plotted and outlined the whole series ahead of time. Events and characters that may be hinted at or vaguely introduced in Cinder become important in Scarlet and Cress. Having read the three chapter sample for Winter I could see it already coming to fruition in that book as well.

Favorite Quotes

“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”


“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.”


“Cinder,” Iko said after a few silent minutes of explorations. “I’m enormous.