Review: Scarlet

Series: The Lunar Chronicles(#2) (Read review of Lunar Chronicles #1 here.

Genre: Young Adult, Sci Fi, fantasy, retelling.

Rating: 3.5/5

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 really wanted to give this book at least a three star reading. However, unfortunately I couldn’t. I loved Cinder, but I did have a few issues with it, and the issues only seemed to deepen with Scarlet.
I loved Scarlet Benoit. I felt she was a great take on Red Riding Hood, and she was a pretty cool character.Her relationship with her grandmother and her quest to find her was great to read about. Wolf was an interesting character as well, but I wasn’t a big fan of their romance.
Cinder’s perspective was quite interesting. I did not think much of Thorne, though he did provide some comic relief at times. I am curious to know how his character would turn out in the later books. I enjoyed Kai’s perspective in this book more than in the first book. He seemed to have matured as a character.
The problem I had was with the plot. This series has some really good world building, but I felt the plot used too many common, and predictable tropes. While there were quite a few plot twists, there was nothing that really surprised me or blew my mind.
All the same, I am really enjoying this series, and would look forward to reading the next book.

 

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