Scarlet – Marissa Meyer (Re-Read)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This is the fantastic sequel to Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. Marissa Meyer does a brilliant job of introducing us to a new duo that will be featured in the book, while intricately weaving their story in with the characters that we already know and love. In case you weren’t aware Scarlet is a retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale. As this is the second book in the series, there will be plot points referenced from the first book and may spoil you. I suggest you read Cinder before you read this review.

Scarlet is incredibly different from Cinder, our main character from the first book. With fiery hair and a temper to match, Scarlet is an accomplished pilot and a force to be reckoned with. When her grandmother goes missing, she will stop at nothing to get her back – even if that means teaming up with a street fighter who has never had tomatoes before… named Wolf.

There is a dichotomy in the portrayal of Wolf as he is seen as violent and angry during a fight, but so innocently curious and nervous with Scarlet. She introduces him to the wonders of fresh produce and his reaction is so precious, he just reminds me of a puppy in those moments. I can’t say that I like him more than Kai, but he definitely grows on you over the course of the book.

It was nice to see Kai in his role as the Emporer of the Eastern Commonwealth. In the first book, he was only just coming to terms with the drastic change in his circumstances and now he must be the leader his people need. You watch as he struggles to reconcile the needs of his people with the desires of his heart. Completely untested as a ruler, he does what he can to protect his people from Queen Levana but worries that it will not be enough. It was heartbreaking to see the turmoil and know that he will only face more difficult decisions in the future.

Cinder’s world was completely turned upside down at the end of the first novel. As a result, she is on the run and teams up with Captain Carswell Thorne. His utter enamorment with himself is hilarious and plays really well off of Cinder’s more serious, yet still sarcastic personality.

I really enjoyed seeing the world expand a bit more as we learned about other locations in the Earthen Union and spent time in France. We were given more of Cinder’s history and the groundwork was laid for plot points and characters in the future books. This was a great story, but I can’t say much else without spoilers – so just go read the series, you won’t regret it.

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15 responses to “Scarlet – Marissa Meyer (Re-Read)”

  1. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

    Every time I see a reread of this series it makes me want to do the same! I loved this series so much!! Scarlet sometimes gets a bad rap for being the worst book in the series but I loved it!!!

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Yes, do it!! Who is your favourite character or who do you relate to most?

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      1. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

        Iko. Always Iko! I don’t know why lol. Then Thorne. The rest are all so close it’s hard to choose! But the one I don’t relate to at all is Winter. I think she was too meek, quiet and damaged for me to enjoy. How about you?

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      2. kyera Avatar

        Rendz, Mandy and I were talking about it because we were thinking of doing a sort of book blog rampion crew thing (we have very little idea of where to go with it, but kind of just want to each be characters.) We all took the quiz on Marissa Meyer’s website and all got Cress. I think I’m a mix of Cinder, Cress and Kai, with a dash of Wolf but probably most Cinder. Would you like to join our Lunartic Crew? You might end up Thorne because I think Mandy decided on Iko.

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      3. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

        That sounds like fun!! I haven’t taken the quiz yet. I’m a sarcastic pain in the ass in real life – so Thorne sounds good lol

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      4. kyera Avatar

        Haha I think my sarcasm matches Cinder, but you should take the quiz. I’m curious. I made my mom take it too and so far all four of us got Cress on it.

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      5. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

        I just got back home. I’m going to try and find it tonight. I’ll let you know who I got!

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      6. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

        I got Cress! This doesn’t surprise me though lol

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      7. kyera Avatar

        Oh my gosh, now everyone (I know) who has taken it has gotten Cress.

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      8. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

        I think it’s because we are all secluded book nerds 😂

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      9. kyera Avatar

        I totally get that, but my mom definitely doesn’t fit that and I made her take the quiz. She’ll tell her life story to a stranger in line at the market.

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      10. Shanah - Bionic Book Worm Avatar

        Lol my mom does the same!!

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  2. Reading with Rendz Avatar

    Yay! Another fabulous reread review!!! I really enjoyed Scarlet and all her firey-ness (so not a word) and I loved Wolf with all his broodiness! Must I say that I loved Thorne (again)? I should. I LOVE THORNE!!!!! Can’t wait to see your review for Cress!

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Thanks! Oh yes, I love Thorn and Wolf in this book. Scarlet is so fierce too!

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