Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles Series #2)

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles Series #2)

by Marissa Meyer
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Scarlet 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 341 reviews.
pblover5 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Cinder and waited eagerly for the release of Scarlet. I bought it today after class and read all afternoon and evening. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!  Scarlet is unbelievably amazing and will absorb you completely! The characters (old and new) find a way into your heart, and really make you care about them and their story. Each has a unique personality and role to play, and it's fun to see them start meeting each other and interacting. Normally I get very annoyed when authors continually switch viewpoints, but Meyer does it very smoothly and in such a way that the book is paced perfectly.  Meyer also does a great job of making the world setting and it's problems realistic. Plague, armies, war, political confusion, treachery, and secrets make the atmosphere compelling. But most of all, I love how we're getting more and more details. Everything is tying together, secrets are being revealed, and the explosive confrontation is getting closer. Scarlet was well worth the wait. My only regret is that I have to wait another year for Cress...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this an exceptionally great book to read, also loved Hypnotic by Marie E. this book and that are def on my top book 'list of fantasy crazes' that I will always re read. 5 stars !
SilverbookGirl More than 1 year ago
If you have not read Cinder you need to go do that. If the words sci-fi Cinderella retelling don't make you want to read it maybe my review will. Either way if you have not read Cinder I am warning you that this review will contain spoilers for Cinder, not for Scarlet just Cinder. Scarlet was just as good as Cinder. A lot of the time second books tend to drag and not be nearly as good as the first book. But Scarlet does not fall into that trap. Maybe it is the introduction of a new POV or maybe it is the added cast of characters, but Scarlet manages to stay fresh where others fail. In case you could not figure it out, Scarlet is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. A retelling that will blow your mind with how different it is from the source material. It takes place in the same world as Cinder just in a different country. Scarlet is just as sassy as Cinder but they are different she is less insecure and even more kick-ass if you can believe it. If you fell in love with Cinder then you will like Scarlet. She is sassy and I swear I want her red hoodie. There are also some other new characters such as Wolf who is not all he seems, and Thorne who I thought was going to be annoying but I really liked getting to know. And don't fret, there are still some of your favorite characters from Cinder such as Iko, Queen Levana (though if you like her *side eye*) and of course Kai. The two stories of Scarlet and Wolf looking for her grandmother and Cinder trying to escape Queen Levana may seem like they would not come together but they fall in place perfectly and are told through alternating chapters interspersed with chapters about Kai. Basically if you liked Cinder get ready for even more fun in Scarlet. Also while some questions are answered you will be joined with me in wanting Cress which does not come out till next year.
Intisar More than 1 year ago
After reading Cinder, I was on an book high for at least a week. I loved that book, loved the issues raised, loved the characters and heartbreak. So I had really, really high expectations for Scarlet. I wanted to be swept away by the characters again, held fast by the struggles they face. Unfortunately, while there was some interesting plot development, and a number of new characters were introduced, I only "really liked" this story, with a caveat or two. :) By this point, you've probably either read other reviews of Scarlet, or read it yourself. There about five thousand rave reviews out there, so I'll just give a quick overview of what rocked: It's a fun, fast-paced read. We go to a new continent, we meet the precursors of the terrifying army that Queen Levana is building, we get major comic relief from Captain (er, Cadet) Carswell Thorne, whom I was so very glad to meet. We get to continue to hate Levana, who appears to be devoid of any saving grace whatsoever (hard to believe, but there you go...some people just aren't human, and she certainly isn't). So why not a higher rating? Scarlet takes place over three days, so there's a lot of action--almost too much. What that means is that character development is really difficult to manage. Meyer succeeds with Cinder--she discovers more about herself and her past, and starts to move towards a realization of both the importance of who she is and what she is willing to do about it. But Scarlet...oh, Scarlet. I just couldn't empathize with her. Her emotions ruled her to such an extent that she felt almost manic at times--too aggressive, too emotive, too melodramatic. I know, I know, some folks loved her. I wish I could have. But her development over the story didn't work for me, nor did her romantic attachment--because there just wasn't enough time for the depth of emotions involved to develop or to stabilize. I was also so sad about Kai's role. I really wanted him to do something. Of course he only had three days, but in Cinder he was on the move, in and out of the palace, thinking and struggling with things. In Scarlet he's basically locked in his office the whole three days agonizing over the manhunt for Cinder and what Levana will do if they don't catch the fugitive cyborg. Oh, and giving a couple of press conferences. Quite frankly, I adore Kai. So I really wanted to shake him and tell him to do something so I could continue to love the man that he is. But he doesn't. He just pulls his hands through his hair and looks out the window. If he doesn't shape up in the next book, I might just cry. Overall, this is still an enthralling read. Fast-paced and full of action, Scarlet packs a lot of thrills. It falls short (for me) in the character development department, but I am still eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Pym More than 1 year ago
The story got a whole lot more complicated with the addition of a whole new set of main characters. In addition to Cinderella, her prince, the evil queen & her army; we now have Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. It's around these two new characters that this installment revolves. The story really is going to take 4 books to resolve due simply to complexity. Thankfully, the author does a very good job of tying everything together and making those essential connections between the characters and events. Like the first book in this saga, I wish the world had been fleshed out better and a bit more atmosphere had been present. There was room for it, and I want to know more about what this future world looks/sounds/smells like. Regardless, it's still a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG i hate this book so much because i dont want to wait another year for the next book in the series. But this book is a really great book good cliff hangar leaves you wanting more. If you like this book try cinder or cress next year when it comes out (ps i cant wait until next year!!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put down my Nook!!! Read this in day, waiting for the next two.
Owlmanafanatic16 More than 1 year ago
There are no words to describe how happy I am that Scarlet came out. I"ve literally waited by the front door of my house waiting for Scarlet to be delivered. Let me just say that I'm very picky about dystopian novels that involve future technology and a hint of other planet species. But with the Lunar Chronicals, it made an exception. The story picks up after Cinder was taken prisoner by the Lunar queen. She must break out of prison in order to be with Kai. She soon realises that if she breaks out of prison, she will become the most wanted cyborg/lunar to others. It takes a lot of courage to take that risk. We are introduced to a new character named Scarlet. Her grandmother is missing and Scarlet must figure out why. ALong the way she meets wolf, a streetfighter. Let me just say that i liked wolf the second he had his first dialouge. And soon the duo are on the search for Scarlet's grandmother. This book was .... i can't even describe how amazing it was. Brilliant dialouge, a mezmerizing world, and kick butt characters. If i hhad to rate this book it would be a 10 out of 5. i highly recomend this series if u are looking forward for a dystopian adventure that is similar to Mass Effect. Just not the whole saving the universe from reapers but more of a cyborg/lunar with her new firends fighting an lunar queen. Enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked Cinder then you will love this book. Most sequels aren't as good as the first book in most series. That is definitely not the case with the lunar chronicles. It was mind blowing in how Cinder and Scarlets stories connected. I also LOVE the fairy tale twist in these books. It's so clever in how the original classics were twisted into the Lunar Chronicles. So what are you doing right now? Stop reading these reviews and start reading!
book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
Out of all three of the books in the Lunar chronicles, this one is by far my favorite. I couldn't put the book down! Meyer explained everything perfectly. I felt as if i was there with the characters and felt everything the character's  felt.This book made me hungry for Cress, the next book in the series.
Alexander_Grant More than 1 year ago
Scarlet is the amazing second installment of the Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer.  This book picks up moments after the first one, Cinder, left off. For those of you reading this that haven’t read Cinder yet, STOP.  Go to your local bookstore, pick up a copy and read it.  I’ll wait. Finished? Excellent, I’ll continue. At the open of the book, we are introduced to Scarlett.  A young girl from the small town of Rieux, France.  She is running the family farm since her Grandmother disappeared quite suddenly with no explanation as to why.   As she begins her desperate search for her Grandmother, she meets Wolf, a street fighter with a mysterious background.  Together they travel to Paris to seek out Scarlet’s Grandmother.  But once they arrive, Wolf’s past catches up to him and all chaos breaks loose. The story also picks back up with Cinder after she discovered that she is in fact the lost Lunar Princess Selene and the World’s #1 fugitive.  She is the niece to the evil Lunar Queen Levana who is bent on ruling the Earth from her palace on the Moon.  Cinder has been imprisoned by Emperor Kai after the incident at the ball and looking for a way out to meet up with Dr. Erland in Africa.  During her break out she meets Captain Carswell Thorne who helps her on her journey, all the while he causes some entertaining shenanigans. This fast paced novel keeps up the momentum of the first one and leaves you hanging, begging for the next installment.   The future world created by the author is so thorough in its detail and the characters so relatable that you feel as if you were standing next to them while running for their lives or fighting off a pack of hooligans.  Anyone who is a fan of fairy tales, technology, and high adventure will immediately dive into this series and never want to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is movie material. I mean, the Harry Potter movies were fantastic. But if you make it into a movie, don't change up anything, like the percy jackson. Those were horrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely ADORED this book. Its just so hard to believe that I'll have to wat another year for Cress. But overall this book was even better than I expected it to book to be and in my opinion Meyer did a great job introducing the new charcters and switching the POV's withput making it too confusing. Cress is based on the story Rapunzel and its about a lunar girl named Cress who is stuck in a satelite (under Levanas orders) that is orbiting earth and her job is to help Lunar ships get to Earth without being seen on radar. And since she is also a computer hacker/geek she is supposed to be able to spot ships on her radar as well, but the only ship she can't seem to find is the one that has Cinder on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, and the second is even more exciting and intriguing then ever before! This story is told from different points of views in the beginning, and marissa does a fabolous job of blending them together in the end. I am extremely angry that I have to wait 1 year for Cress( the third book in the series) and 2 years for Winter( the last book in the series)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scarlet is the second of a four arc book series aimed at YA but accessible to adults too. This is the story of Little Red Riding Hood, dystopian style, much as Cinder was Cinderella ... You can almost see the Asian graphic novel this reads like. Anime rules!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what made me buy it in the first place as its not what I usually buy. Then I realized it was a spin off of cinderella and wondered why I bought this. However I was hooked right away. Then I bought the second book and now I'm just dying to know how this ends! Cannot wait til the next book comes! This is a must read for all ages! Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooo happy its out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of this series, but I was a little worried about this being her second book, that it wouldn't be as good as the first. I had no reason to worry however, because this book rocks! Meyer perfectly melds the characters of Cinder, with the new characters that we meet in Scarlet. I was in absolute shock at a couple points about the twist that the book took. The one thing that disappointed me however, was the way that a couple characters changed, but they weren't main characters so i could live with it. I will now be waiting another year for Cress. :'( It's too long if a s z
Anonymous 3 months ago
Couldn't stop reading
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love all the characters in this series, but if I had to pick a favorite character it would probably be Scarlet or Wolf. One of my favorite books of all time. I could not recomend this book enough. If you like fairy tales and have a thirst for adventure read this book. I guarantee you will love it.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I liked the first one. Been wanting to read this for a while now. But for some reason kept putting it off then finally got around to reading it. And I loved it. I been thinking why did it take me this long to finally read it. Heard a lot of good things about this one and yea the book was really good. Throughout I was invested with what was going on and wanted to read more about the characters of Cinder, Throne, oh sorry Captain Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf. Those two freaking adorable. Going to read the next one now.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series. This book kept me engaged the whole novel.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Fact: When I discover a series that completely sucks me in...I simply have to binge read the whole thing. If the series has stand alone novels in it, it isn't as much torture and I can wait...But if it is a continuing storyline...You won't see me come up for air until I am done (or to post the reviews for said books). So pass me the Starbursts and Red Bull, I will see ya later! Oh, after I finish this post. Scarlet picks up the day after Cinder ends. Cinder and Kai remain as main characters throughout the second book. But now we are introduced to a whole new level of intrigue in the storyline. Scarlet and Wolf are AMAZING! I adore them and can't wait to see where their story leads. Scarlet's grandmere is pretty awesome too! As secrets unfold of her heritage and her grandmother's past, Scarlet embarks on a dangerous mission to find her grandmere and bring her home. Scarlet will do anything to protect the only family she has left, even at the risk of her own safety. We also begin to learn more about Cinder's past and everything that she has gone through. Cyborgs, Wolf Gangs, Lunar aliens, space travel, escaped convicts, hidden princess, hidden genealogy, this series has so much to offer and entertain. Clean and sweet romance appropriate for Young Adults. I am comfortable recommending this book to teens and adults.