Scarlet is the second book in Marissa Meyers’ series, The Lunar Chronicles. I am here to say, I FINALLY finished this book! It only took me FOREVER to finish it. I have already finished Cress, the third book (which in my opinion was much better). I loved Cinder and thought it was a remarkable take on a classic fairytale.
When I first started Scarlet I was worried it wouldn’t pick up where Cinder left off, and if you don’t read anything about the book before starting it, you’re going to feel like the two books will not connect when you first start. Lucky for you, I already made that mistake and am here to tell you, they do connect in the most amazing way.
I have been trying to figure out why I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Cinder. I cannot really come up with anything. The writing was still wonderful and the story was interesting and engaging throughout. I definitely like Cinder better as a character than Scarlet (admittedly Iko is my favorite), which may be why I liked the book focused primarily around Cinder better than a book focused largely on Scarlet. However, I can’t really say this is a very good reason because Cinder is in this book a lot as well.
To sum up my feelings about this book: it is a good book, but not as good its predecessor.
Do I still recommend you read it? Of course! You should read every single one of these books! I would still read it again, even though it wasn’t my favorite.
BIG Spoiler ahead!!!
WOLF IS LUNAR!!!! Am I the only one who did not see this coming whatsoever? I honestly thought we were adding some werewolf to the mix, not a lunar science experiment. It is seriously amazing how Marissa Meyer tied it all together. Oh! what I would give to have half of her creativity.
Anyway, I did enjoy this book. It moves the plot along and adds some interesting elements to the story, like wolf being Lunar.