Anyway, Scarlet is the sequel to Marissa Meyer's Cinder, which was a loose, sci-fi fairytale retelling of Cinderella. If you haven't read Cinder, I have a review on that so go check that out (this review will spoil Cinder.) I highly encourage everyone to read this series-- it's not one you want to miss out on. :) Let's get on to the review.
So Scarlet. Despite the name Scarlet does not just follow Scarlet's story, it also keeps up with Cinder's story. In this book we get to see from several points of view, mainly Wolf, Scarlet, Cinder and Captain Thorne. Scarlet picks up right after Cinder ends, like literally the day of, only it starts from the perspective of Scarlet Benoit, a french farmer. Don't worry! Like I said before, we still get plenty of time with Cinder through both her eyes and Captain Throne's. (We also get to see a bit inside Kai's head as well.)
Personally I didn't absolutely love Scarlet and Wolf's storyline. It was interesting enough, but I was a lot more invested in Cinder's storyline. Probably because I was already attached to Cinder, and also because there was just, well, I'll address it more in the spoilery section. Scarlet and Wolf's story is great, but not nearly as fantastic or intriguing (to me) as Cinder's.
I like Scarlet, she's funny, badass and does what needs to be done. Though, I'm not Wolf's biggest fan. Like, I don't dislike him, but out of all our cast of characters I seem to like him least. He's the broody character, and I'm not really that into brooding.
The final new installment to the team in this book is Captain Thorne. And just *swoon.* He's probably my new favorite character after Cinder. Thorne is my favorite type of character, cocky and hilarious with a heart of gold.
Scarlet (the book) has the same fast pace as Cinder, but it's even more fun because we already know the setting and (some of) the characters, so we're able to throw ourselves into the world entirely without any reserve.
I would give Scarlet 8/10 stars, the same as I gave Cinder. For me, 8/10 is a very good rating-- it means this is one of my favorite books. Still, it didn't increase from Cinder because during Cinder i got to be with Cinder for the whole book (or in her area), I just found myself looking forward to seeing CINDER's storyline more than Scarlet's in this book, so that kept it in the 8 (which is still really good),
Anyway, my point is I really enjoyed this book and am really glad I picked up this series.
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. 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.
What I started to say earlier, and then realized was a spoiler was that I was not nearly as invested in Scarlet and Wolf's relationship because it felt SO instalove-y. Literally they've known each other for a week and Wolf is like You're the only one and Scarlet's all I'll be your Alpha female. Like... Really? I hate instalove, and their relationship felt very much like instalove, so I couldn't really get attached to it. Like, sure, they're fine together, but I couldn't really bring myself to care either way. Also Wolf, just not my type. Especially not when Thorne is introduced in the same book as him.
But I do think Wolf's naiveness about food was oddly adorable at the beginning of the book. then as the story progressed on, I found myself caring less and less about him-- though I do love it whenever they bring up the tomato thing again.
Thanks for reading,