Publish date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends | Buy Book
A friend in my graduate program first introduced me to the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I’m not going to lie—I totally judged the book by the cover. It just didn’t strike me as something I would enjoy reading. However, I really respect my friend’s taste in books and knew that she wouldn’t lead me astray.
And I’m soooo glad I gave it a chance. Cinder is just such a unique twist on the Cinderella story. Meyer does an incredible job of world building and just kind of blew my mind.
This article, however, is not about Cinder. It is about the sequel, Scarlet. I am so happy to say that I really don’t think that this book suffers from “the sequel problem”. I was a bit hesitant to read it, but only because I had grown so attached to the main character, Cinder, from the first book and wasn’t sure if I wanted to read about another girl’s story. I’m so glad that I ignored that tingle of doubt.
“Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the 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 or 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 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.”
I devoured this book. Meyer is awesome with characters. They are all so unique and have such realistic dynamics between them. The banter, the romantic tension, the heartbreak—for me, it was all very real.
Another thing that I thought Meyer did rather masterfully was how she wove the two stories (those of Cinder and Scarlet) together. As the reader, I felt like I would get just enough of each story before I was switched back to the other. This pacing made the book just fly by in the best way possible.
Meyer does such a great job of world building as well. Her dystopian world is so intricate and—most importantly to me—realistic. Everything was thought out so well: the slang, the city life vs. country life, the technology, all of it.
I highly recommend this book. Where Cinder, to me, stuck a bit more closely to the traditional fairy tale in many ways, Scarlet seems to be a bit more inspired. You can see how the elements of the original tale influenced the story, but Scarlet is so much more than just a story about stranger-danger.
Two more books are left in the series and I can’t wait for them to come out!