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.
I’ve got to say, I think I enjoyed Scarlet even more than Cinder, which is pretty impressive seeing as I really loved Cinder. This book was full of brilliant new characters who added so much to the story, and I really enjoyed getting to know those characters. Plus, the world in this book is so awesome, and it’s just a great series in general.
The characters are, in my opinion, the best part about this book and I totally fell in love with the new ones that were introduced. This book is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and so our main character this time around is Scarlet, a teenager who’s grandmother has recently gone missing. Scarlet is an awesome character. She stands up for herself in any situation, and she also stands up for other whether she knows them or not. She’s a really strong lead and I couldn’t help but love her character.
Scarlet’s romantic interest, Wolf, is also a great character and has so much conflict both in his life and in his mind. Throughout the book he’s always trying to do the right thing, and has to try and figure out where his allegiance lies. He goes through a lot in the book, and it was interesting seeing the way he coped with what was thrown at him.
The rest of the characters in the book were also great to read about, especially Cinder and Thorne. Cinder was her usual, awesome self and I really enjoyed her chapters when they popped up. However, one of my favourite things about this book was Captain Thorne. He was such a fun character and basically every line he said made me laugh. He’s quickly become one of my favourite book characters!
Another thing that was great about Scarlet was that the plot never slowed down. So much happened and the pace of the book was just right for the amount of things that happened in it. There were a couple of big plot twists that I didn’t see coming either and they really surprised me. Basically, I couldn’t put this book down at all because of the amount of tension in it and I just loved it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy, sci-fi or dystopian books.