It’s been awhile since I updated the blog, but things have been busy, busy, busy! In a later post I’ll share what changes I’ve made in my writing, what adventures I’m on, and how you too can take your own journey down the same path. For now, I have a review to make.
Last time I wrote a review of the Lunar Chronicles: Cinder. Since then, I have finished the second installment of the series titled Scarlet. Actually, I finished it almost right after the first one. Like I said, it’s been awhile.
In this second book by Marissa Meyer, we follow Scarlet Benoit on her mission to find her missing grandmother. Teamed up with Wolf, a handsome but intimidating misfit, they set out to discover the whereabouts of her grandmother, and ultimately uncover a few hidden secrets. In the meantime, Cinder and Thorne are on their own in an attempt to escape detection. With nearly everyone on the lookout for them, they soon find themselves intertwined with Scarlet and Wolf when a chain of shocking events takes the whole world by surprise.
I will jump right into it by saying I enjoyed it as much as the first one. Her characters are, by far, my favorite part of the series. There’s a wide variety of personalities, (purposeful) character flaws, quirks, and entertaining dialogue.
The only major flaw I would say that exists is the constant convenient coincidences that arise. Need an out? No problem! Someone will suddenly know exactly what to do or where to find you. Nevertheless, I won’t count it against the writer. I mean, it’s hard work enough to write a book, but a sci-fi? I don’t care how soft of a sci-fi it is, it’s still one of the hardest genres to write in my opinion.
Also, it’s fiction so pretty much anything can happen. Having a reason and an explanation does make it a little better and more believable, but I’m already loving the books enough to not care.
I like the change of scenery in this story. New characters, new circumstances, new places. Scarlet’s spicy attitude and Wolf’s puppy dog moments are the best. Seriously. I won’t give too much away, but I can tell you there’s some romance brewing in this story as well… what else is to be expected?
Again, it’s fairly predictable from start to finish. I was caught off guard a couple times, but I’m liking the journey it’s taking me on nonetheless. I will admit I like Scarlet’s character better than Cinder, solely for my own personal reasons. Honestly, I like Wolf better too. The addition of these character’s is a 100% plus in my eyes!
I’m already almost through with the third book, to tell you the truth, so you’ll be seeing that review shortly. Boy oh boy, I’m rearing to review Cress!
Clean or Not Clean
Honestly, on the same scale of 1-10 (1 being the cleanest and 10 being outright disgusting) I’d give it a 2 or 3. I lean more towards 3 however, because there is a bit more romance in this one. However, it’s not overbearing. Still a safe read for young readers, and one of the most entertaining fairytale retellings I’ve ever read! I’d recommend it to anyone, and I’ve already lent the first one out to people a couple times.
The violence level goes up a bit in this one as well, with some more action and intensity. Not the goriest by a long shot, but I did like the change in pace from the first book. Generally the second or middle book of a series is the worst, but Marissa Meyer’s beat that challenge and deserves a big thank you hug for that! I did not have to suffer through a dragging, yawn-producing follow-up story that’s about nothing but how much the main character has to learn and travel before any real action finally takes place.
That’s all I have to say about Scarlet! What did you think of the second installment of the Lunar Chronicles? Comment your thoughts below!