by Marissa Meyer
Narrated by : Rebecca Soler
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Published by Macmillan Audio Release date : February 5th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 11 hrs 9 mins
Source: Library | Format: Audiobook
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Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Scarlet was the highly anticipated sequel to Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. I honestly felt in the minority with Cinder, giving it only 3 stars. I enjoyed it, I just didn’t LOVE it. So, rushing out to get Scarlet wasn’t really on my to do list. Seeing it in audio at the library though, I snagged it up. Let me start with a small disclaimer– I can almost guarantee you that had I been reading this, I would not have enjoyed it as much as I did.
Scarlet starts off soon after the events of Cinder– introducing us to a few new characters. Scarlet, an 18-year-old merchant in France; and Wolf, a mysterious street fighter with secrets and information on Scarlet’s missing grandmother. After A LOT of reluctance on Scarlet’s part, they journey off together for answers. Cinder is still in jail, but soon escapes with Cadet aka “Captain” Thorne. Kai, still reeling from the events of the ball, is forced to focus his time to finding Cinder, after a threat from the Lunar Queen. Basically, there was a lot happening. Yet… nothing at the same time.
I did a lot of waiting.
Scarlet was long. In my opinion, too long (yes, there is such a thing). Can we say, middle book!? There was a lot of back and forth, with large periods of time with no actually progress/developments being made in the plot. Maybe because the synopsis states the two lives/stories intersect and they set off together to stop the Queen, which didn’t happen until the end. The VERY end, and it was NOT as it seemed. Or because we are given so many different POV that whatever that character is going through or thinking, we already KNOW the outcome? Like seeing two sides of a situation. We are only getting it to see someone else’s SIDE; it just didn’t seem important. I’ll admit, some of it was. Whatever the reason, it made a huge impact on my rating. I was bored.
Pacing and length aside, I do love the world that Meyer has created. Honestly, this is my favorite thing about the series. Retellings are always a hit or miss, but Meyer takes well know tales and does an amazing job mixing it with her own ideas and Sci/Fi elements and I love it. There is more to this world that we do get a taste of; like the Lunar Queen’s army (That’s was stood out). There were a few twists thrown in that blinded me and I was really shocked by the outcome. Also to note; Rebecca Soler did an awesome job narrating the book. She made this book for me and I adored her accents! (Seems I love ALL the accents in audio)
I liked Scarlet. She is a tough, loyal and brave. I love that she wasn’t too trusting of Wolf and questioned a lot about his motives and information. The small scenes with her Grandmother were heartbreaking too. I also liked Wolf. I think I was more shocked with his.. actions than I was with anyone. Cinder. OY. Ya know, I was hoping for more growth from her. But I was so frustrated with her throughout the entire book. Honestly. I know her life sucked (putting it mildly) but too much happened before she finally stood up to the plate. View Spoiler »Only when Kai was forced to accept the marriage proposal. « Hide Spoiler I can’t imagine what she had been going through, I understand that. There are times though when you have to swallow that jagged little pill and step up. And I couldn’t help but to keep thinking, “Just com his ass!” *shrug*
My Peeve- The pacing and fillers. Like I mentioned, it just felt like one of those books where there us SO MUCH going on, yet nothing at the same time. There were so many times I was just sitting and waiting for something to happen. I don’t feel like the story left us at a cliffhanger but I was frustrated that it ended where it did. I also thought it was misleading because the two do NOT set off together to stop the Queen, it was discussed.
Overall- Scarlet was just OK for me. I liked it but I can honestly say I am not sure if I will continue with Cress. I recommend it to those who LOVED Cinder but not for those like me that thought it was OKAY.
*Continues to sit in the minority boat*