Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pub. Date: February 5, 2013
5 Stars!I know I’ve read a spectacular book when I find myself pacing my room, unable to find anything to read and gravitating towards the book I have just completed. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is one of those books. I ignored everything, because I was completely immersed in this novel.
I have finals next week? IGNORED.
I am behind on 6 reviews? IGNORED.
I have a ton of book copies for review? IGNORED.
I have to write a speech and read two novels for school? You’re kidding, right? IGNORED.
See, only a truly great book could make me forget everything and anything in real life. It’s only the beginning of 2014, and I know this will make it onto my favorites list. Recently, I've been unjustly let down by countless sequels, leading to a mess of rage. Scarlet manages to overcome the second-book-syndrome, and stays true to the first book while becoming much more complex and interesting.
No, I am not saying that I loved Cinder any less (quite the opposite actually), but like any other well-written series, things begin to make sense and puzzle pieces are starting to come together. It is irrefutable that Meyer is becoming much more mature as a writer.
I’ll be honest here: I was not expecting to adore Scarlet. I heard that this book was less focused on Cinder, and more on brand new characters. I didn't like this. I was too fond of Cinder, and I didn't want to read a book with only a portion dedicated to my favorite character. You could say I was stubborn, waiting 2 weeks after I got the book to begin it. And, scared of disappointment. But that fear was uncalled for, because I ended up being glued to the pages and wholly satisfied.
In Scarlet, characters are introduced, relationships become more complicated, and the sci-fi aspect is given an entirely fresh spin. On every page, something was always happening, and I never felt I could stop reading at any point because the story was so engaging.
This will probably apply to Cinder as well, but I love the writing style in this book. I feel like I can easily recognize Meyer’s distinct voice in anything she writes. She manages to be simplistic yet descriptive in her writing while not going into purple prose territory. The world-building is what sets this out from other young adult dystopian novels: I actually understand the fundamentals of the Earthen world and maybe a bit about the Lunar world.
Cinder is still my absolute favorite character. We still see a lot of the mechanic we love, but she has gotten stronger and has more control of her powers[powers (hide spoiler)].
On the other hand, Scarlet can be considered the opposite of Cinder. They both have that steely determination in them, but Scarlet shows it much more, recklessly so. I can’t really love her because her personality flaws are very similar to mine, but as a character, she is quite endearing. In my opinion, however, her romance with Wolf escalated much too quickly for my liking.
In hindsight, their relationship still did feel natural, so I think I can excuse this issue that would normally cause me to knock off a star.
I love Thorne.
I’m still speechless on how Meyer ingeniously weaves traces of fairy tales into her books, without making them too obvious or shoving it into our faces.
If I had to choose between Cinder and Scarlet, I’d choose… I really don’t know. It’d be like a mother choosing who her favorite child is.
On second thought, I think I may like Cinder a bit more.