Scarlet is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
Scarlet’s grandmother is missing. All she left behind was her identity chip, but still no one believes Scarlet that her grandmother has been kidnapped. Scarlet is determined to find her grandmother, and the only one willing to help her in her search is a street fighter named Wolf. Wolf may or may not be trustworthy, but Scarlet has no choice but to trust him to get her to Paris where she hopes to find answers.
Meanwhile, Cinder manages to escape from prison with the help of fellow prisoner, Captain Throne, and his stolen spacecraft, The Rampion. She too is looking for Scarlet’s grandmother, who Cinder hopes has answers about her past.
Scarlet is our Little Red Riding Hood, but instead of a cape, she wears a red hoodie. And Wolf has had genetic enhancements to make him well… more wolf-like. It’s a fun retelling of the fairy tale. Like with Cinder, I was able to guess a few things ahead of time, but that didn’t take away my enjoyment of the book. These are retellings of fairy tale’s so some things you know to expect. It’s the overall story arc that is new and refreshing, and keeps you guessing.
Cress is the third book, and she is our Rapunzel. Cress has been trapped on a Lunar satellite for most of her life. Queen Levana’s Thaumaturge, Sybil, has been using Cress’s hacking and computer skills to keep an eye on earth, and Prince Kai. But back in book one, Cress was able to make contact with Cinder, and now Cinder’s group has decided to rescue Cress. The rescue doesn’t go as planned and the group is separated, leaving some in precarious circumstances.
Cress is my favorite of the three books. Being home-schooled, I could relate somewhat to Cress’s sheltered life, and her need to rely on day-dreams to get her through situations. It was fun to watch her grow, and see Earth through her eyes.
Cress also brought to the forefront two of my favorite characters, Captain Thorne and Iko.
Captain Thorne is vain and self-centered, but he does have a heart under that shallow exterior, and we get to see that in how he deals with Cress. He’s a funny and fun character to read. And he’s a lot more capable than I would’ve thought from my first meeting with him in Scarlet. He’s a futuristic Rhett Butler!
We even get some chapters from Iko’s perspective, which was fun. Iko is an android who so wants to be human, and her story line is great. I love how she always says the perfectly inappropriate thing.
We also get to see Cinder grow into her powers in Cress. As using her gift becomes easier, Cinder questions herself, because she never wants to become like Levana. But it also makes Cinder more determined than ever to stop Levana.
Both books were great, and leave me wanting to read more. Thankfully, Winter is coming. (Did you see what I did there?) I’m looking forward to it, and dreading it at the same time. Because Winter is the last book in the series.
Have you read The Lunar Chronicles? What are your thoughts on the books? Who are your favorite characters? Let me know in the comments.