Fairy Tale Friday: Scarlet

Scarlet is written by Marissa Meyer. It was published in 2013 by Feiwel and Friends. It is the sequel to Cinder.

Summary/Blurb:

“Cinder, the cyborg mechanic…is 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. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about 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.

What I Liked:

Once again, Meyer melds science fiction and fairytale wonderfully together. I loved the little nods to the original fairytale, like the fact that Scarlet wears a red hoodie. I especially loved the “My, what big teeth you have” moment and the fact that Wolf, despite being called Wolf, is actually the Woodsman of the fairytale (although, yeah, he’s also the wolf).

I said about Cinder that I thought it would have been better as a stand-alone, but I don’t see that about Scarlet. It needed that larger plot that was started in Cinder to make sense as a whole. I did enjoy how Meyer tied the two stories (or the two characters, really) together. Having fairytale characters join forces is always fun.

Part of this book was in Cinder’s POV, and I must say, I was a little irritated with her choices. I thought Scarlet was spot-on when she blamed Cinder. The moment Cinder decided to go off and do her own thing rather than focus on doing her duty and try to stop Levana was aggravating, but at least she comes around in the end. Too bad that it took mass murder for her to realize it, though.

While I think Wolf and Scarlet as a couple are cute, I didn’t particularly like their romance plot in the book. It was too generic. I did, however, love the twist with Wolf and his “gang” and the fact that he wasn’t such a perfect guy at first, after all. I also liked how Scarlet is actually a bit of a weak character. Everything that should scare her, does. Everything that should make her weak, does. She’s not helpless, by any means, but she’s also not particularly awesome. And that’s fine with me.

Rating: 4/5

Recommended Age Range: 14+

Warnings: Violence, death.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fairy Tale, Young Adult

Passages/Quotes:

“L…S…” He shook his head. “I can’t remember. There was more.”

Her mouth ran dry, hatred overtaking the dizziness. She knew that tattoo.

He’d pretended to be kind. Pretended he only needed honest work.

When—days? hours?—before, he’d tortured her father. Kept her grandmother prisoner.

And she’d almost trusted him. The tomato, the carrots…she’d thought she was helping him. Stars above, she’d flirted with him, and all the while, he knew. She recalled those moments of peculiar amusement, the glint in his eyes, and her stomach twisted. He’d been laughing at her.

~Meyer 48

Thorne dismissed the news channel. “Did you know that Michelle Benoit has a teenage granddaughter?”

“No,” said Cinder, bored.

“Well, she does. Miss Scarlet Benoit. Supposedly she just turned eighteen, but—brace yourself—she doesn’t have any hospital records. Get it? Holy spades, I’m a genius.”

Cinder scowled. “I don’t get it.”

Tilting back, Thorne peered at her upside down. “She doesn’t have any hospital records.”

~Meyer 256

Overall Review:

Scarlet continues that wonderful science fiction/fairytale mash-up that I loved in Cinder, with some more clever adaptations to fit the setting done by Meyer. I did like Cinder a little bit more, but only because Cinder was annoying in this one, and Scarlet and Wolf’s romance was a bit too cliché to be enjoyable. But coming up next is Rapunzel and I am excited.

You can buy this here: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2)

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