After reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I was desperate for the next book, Scarlet. Cinder didn’t blow me away, but it did leave me anxious for what would happen next. Cinder just had a huge piece of information dropped on her head, and I was really desperate to see where it would take her.
Unfortunately, though I enjoyed reading Scarlet, it didn’t meet my expectations.
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.
So Scarlet jumps between a couple of perspectives: Scarlet’s (of course), Cinder’s and Kai’s. I didn’t like this. I’m never much a fan of alternating point of views because I feel like it prevents me from really connecting with the characters. On top of this, for most of the book, the three characters are on different paths. I would have liked this book a lot more if it had focused on Cinder’s perspective and what was happening with her, mostly because finding out what she would do with the information she’d been given was what I was most excited about reading. But it was also because I found Scarlet’s own story to be one I’ve read many times over.
Scarlet’s story was nothing new. As soon as I met Wolf, I knew the trajectory they would take together, and I wasn’t wrong. I wish I had been. Their interactions together were cute, and I really liked their connection, but the larger scope of what happened to them was entirely predictable. What should have been shocking, wasn’t. This really disappointed me.
But as I mentioned, I really liked Scarlet and Wolf together, even more than Cinder and Kai. Their chemistry was great, and I definitely experienced some flutters. Scarlet has this bold personality that waits for nobody; she’s tough and determined and fierce. She was a great character, even if she was a little too trusting.
I am still interested in finding out what happens in the next book, Cress, but unfortunately, Scarlet just didn’t win me over.