The Lunar Chronicles Read Along: Scarlet

As you know, I am participating in The Lunar Chronicles read along hosted by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide. We’re getting closer and closer to the release of Winter on November 10th. Yay!

September was the month to read Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer. As with Cinder last month, I listened to this book on Audible.

In case you haven’t read this book yet…

Goodreads Summary:
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. 

My Thoughts:
Before I read any books in this series, someone commented to me that she usually dislikes series where each book centers around a different main character. But she loved this series.

I don’t really see this as a series with different main characters. I think it’s more that the character set expands from book to book. It’s kind of like a TV series, where new characters are introduced each season to make the show more interesting. In a more traditional book series, like in a movie sequel, the cast of characters remains primarily the same.

I love the additional characters in this book. Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne are some of my favorites in the series. The core of this book is a more subtle retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. But Meyer has expanded the story in amazing ways. And she’s twisted it into a hate turned love story.

I think I enjoy this book so much more than Cinder because of the two intertwining stories: Scarlet and Wolf’s quest to find her grandmother along side of Cinder and Thorne’s escape from prison and pursuit of more information about Cinder’s past. It’s like the second Lord of the Rings movie. There’s double the action, so it’s much more entertaining.

I love the strong female characters. I love all of the anger and passion they possess. I love the added depth to Cinder and Kai’s relationship and his internal struggle to reconcile Cinder’s being Lunar with everything that happened between them in Cinder. I love Wolf’s brooding. I love Thorne’s comic relief added to the ever wonderful Iko. I just can’t get enough of this series.

Listening to this book again, I was once again blown away by Meyer’s ability to tell a story. Bring on October. I can’t wait to re-read Cress!

My Original Rating: 5 Stars
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