Review | Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Scarlet’s Grand-mère suddenly went missing and the police have abandoned the search for her. Convinced that she was kidnapped, Scarlet is desperate to follow any lead she can find as to the whereabouts of her grandma, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and dangerous man nicknamed Wolf.

Meanwhile, the ruthless Lunar Queen Levana has threatened to wage war against the Eastern Commonwealth if Emperor Kai and his men are unable to capture the escaped cyborg girl, Cinder. While learning how to use, and not abuse, her new-found Lunar powers, Cinder has teamed up with a rogue American felon and the two are trying to piece together the fragments of Cinder’s past.

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles), the second installment of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, picks up right where Cinder, book one of the series, ended. In it, readers are introduced to a handful of new, exciting characters. Meyer’s book is packed with action, romance, and a few twists and turns.

I really enjoyed Scarlet. I liked the new characters and I think Meyer does a great job creating interesting, flawed characters that are still very likable. Book two is told from multiple points of view, and readers learn a bit more about Queen Lavana and where Cinder comes from.

My only critique of the book is that I felt some of the descriptions of Scarlet’s anger were forced and redundant, and I thought there was a little bit of a hole in who Wolf was and why he had such an internal struggle. That said, I still thought Scarlet was a great read, and I’m totally bummed that I have to wait until 2014 for book three, Cress to release. I feel pretty confident in saying that fans of Cinder won’t be disappointed in book two of the Lunar Chronicles series.

Overall Rating: 4 of 5 stars false

Parent’s guide:

  • Sex: kissing scene between a boy and girl, a boy and girl touch and talk to each other tenderly
  • Violence: intense action scenes, a fight scene where a man almost kills someone, hybrid humans who act like wolves and brutally attack and kill people
  • Language: a few swear words


  1. Havalah Turner says:

    I just finished it, I thought it was great. I really like how Cinder’s character is developing and how she isn’t getting to caught up into herself. It’s a bummer having to wait until the next one.


  1. […] You can find reviews of Cinder (book one) here, and Scarlet (book two) here. […]

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