Verdict:★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Title: The Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet
Author: Marrisa Meyer
Publish Date: 7 February 2013
Genre: YA, Dystopia, fantasy, fairy-tale
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy
Scarlet is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles by newcomer Marissa Meyer. After finishing Cinder I was eagerly looking forward to reading Scarlet and I sure wasn’t disappointed. The funny thing is, before reading Cinder, I thought the Lunar stories were going to be completely separate from one another. Cinder would have her resolution in the first novel of the series, and then Little Red would come along with her own story. Gladly I was wrong about this!
The second novel in the tetralogy introduces us to two new characters, Scarlet and Wolf, in their own plotline where they search for Scarlet’s missing grandmother. Ring any bells? Like most romantic tales, they are fatally attracted to each other, but they shouldn’t be. What I love about this book is that as well as having the course of these characters issues we also have chapters constructed around Cinder and Kai’s storyline. Meyer plays with both of the plots well and intertwines them into a mesmerising structure. Your reading pattern will be similar to this: you will finish a Scarlet chapter and you will be eagerly anticipating what is going to happen to our feisty heroine, then you are miffed because the next chapter is all about Cinder, although it only takes about a paragraph until you are deeply enthralled back into her story again. Until we’re back to Scarlet’s details of events… it is a never ending cycle!
The mixing of the characters and the setting of the future is minimal evidence as to how much Meyer has altered the storyline of the fairy tales we are used to. To be honest, they are barely based on the characters themselves and so we should look at Cinder and Scarlet with new eyes, rather than linking them with their fairy tale predecessors.