Published: February 5, 2013So I opened up Scarlet and was completely blindsided by the fact that THIS IS NOT ALL CINDER'S STORY. I don't know what the crap I was expecting. Maybe I was in denial. Maybe Cinder was so effing amazing (and it was) that I cannot fathom why Marissa Meyer would want to tell the story from the point of view of a different protagonist. HELLO, CYBORG CINDERELLA. This is where your story's at, not some French chick who is decidedly UNROBOTIC. I don't like change. There is no need to fix something that isn't broken! Wait. Hold that thought a moment. This Scarlet girl? She's actually....interesting. WAIT. This is actually MORE intriguing than Cinder was. And the Big Bad Wolf is HOT? We have a story here, folks.
Feiwel and Friends, hardcover, 464 pages
GoodReads 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.
Scarlet picks up shortly after Cinder's conclusion. And WOW, Marissa Meyer bring it, yet again. Am I surprised? No. Should anyone be surprised? Yeah right. Meyer is here to stay and her story-telling towers above that of another author bearing the same last name. (Just putting it out there.) Luckily, Scarlet is written in third person so we get ALL the information, including some quality time with Cinder. Don't worry, she's still a BAMF. My fave cyborg has actually teamed up with a new sidekick, Military Guy (WHY can't I remember his name? And I didn't write it down. Fail.) who is phenomenally hilarious. Their witty banter is enough for a book in itself. Don't worry, guys, there's plenty of Kai. And it is fantastic watching his grow as a leader. Gotta give the dude props, especially considering the level of beotch that Queen Levana reaches.
But the stars of this story are Scarlet and Wolf. DARE I say that I ship them more than Cinder/Kai? I'll let you in on a secret as to why: Wolf = broken. And he possesses qualities that grant him some redemption, despite his shady past. OH, how I love the broken boy with some goodness that shines through. He just needs a good girl to fix him. Ahem, Scarlet. There are some MOMENTS in this book. You might shiver a few times and maybe break out into a cold sweat, because the moments are substantial and yummy and YOU WANT TO READ THIS.
Do I really need to sing the Dawson's Creek theme song? Because honestly? I don't wanna waaaaait (twenty million years for the next book.) I want to know right now, what will it be?