Hey story fanatics! Long time no see! For today’s post, I’m back with another book review. I know what you’re thinking… Finally psychfinale I never thought you were going to post another one of these! To that, I say don’t worry because I have read over these books multiple times and I want to be able to spread the joy I felt when reading them.
Scarlet is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series, in which it is a sequel to Cinder. This book is a science fiction that includes romance and dystopian worlds. I would highly recommend it for readers between the ages of 14-20, though technically, any age group can read it. Like the previous book, Marissa Meyer is the author, incorporating her creative, yet violent worlds yet again. Despite new characters being introduced, and their presence being enhanced in this book, Marissa did not leave the previous characters out. Instead, they served to play roles that further drove the story.
As the book suggests, the character introduced is Scarlet, the counterpart of Red Riding Hood. However, with Red Riding Hood present, the Big Bad Wolf cannot be far behind. In this case, the Big Bad Wolf turns out to be an adorable yet awkward fighter going by the name of Wolf, but his real name is unknown towards the beginning. Unlike the classic fairytale, Meyer placed a common yet satisfying twist, where Scarlet and Wolf display instant chemistry when meeting each other for the first time. Throughout the story, their relationship deepens and we can see how even the Big Bad Wolf has a hidden and heartbreaking past. In addition to Scarlet and Wolf, a multitude of characters are introduced, such as Throne, Wolf’s brother, and other thaumaturges (authorities of the Lunar government).
In my opinion, Scarlet flows extremely well, but is generally more calm and less blood-curdling than Cinder. Cinder was based on the tale of Cinderella, where readers can expect the cruel treatment Cinder, the main character, will receive from her family. Though Red Riding Hood’s plot is generally still intact, it focuses on both the journey for Scarlet to reach her grandmother, but what the tough, female heroine will feel for her classic mortal enemy. I cannot stress how good this book is, but it may not be too exciting for readers who usually read action-packed novels. In this case, I am one of those readers, in which I believe that this book receives a 4/5 only because I wished there was an event that really punched me in the guts and caused me to feel a strong emotion towards the characters, whether it’s pain or happiness. The reason for this is because the characters are all living in a dystopian world, where danger lurks at almost every corner.
Overall, I fully recommend you guys to pick this book up at your nearest bookstores since it consists of a well-written plot and an all-around interesting concept. It’s also quite noticeable since it consists of a black background with a red cloak spanning across, which is pretty mesmerising.