Scarlet is the second book in the series the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The first book of the series Cinder is the retelling of Cinderella whereas Scarlet is the modern-day retelling of Red Riding Hood. It was published in 2013 by Puffin Books.
The protagonist of the book is an eighteen-year-old girl named Scarlet Benoit. Scarlet lives with her grandmother and both of them own a tomato farm but her grandmother has suddenly gone missing. The police have concluded that her grandmother has left on her will and closed the case but Scarlet feels otherwise. A new streetfighter named Wolf is the current talk of the town and he is the last hope for Scarlet to find her grandmother. On the other hand, Cinder has run away from her prison cell with the help of another prisoner, Carswell Throne, and has now become New Beijing's most wanted fugitive. In search of her grandmother, Scarlet's path cross with Cinider's and they realize that their motive is the same that to expose the evil lunar queen. On the other hand, the present king, Kai has accepted the offer to marry the Lunar queen to compensate for the breakout of Cinder. Cinder must save Kai before it's too late.
Coming to my opinion about the book, Scarlet has a good and well-thought storyline. Two storylines are going simultaneously but neither one overshadows the other nor they get mixed up and when the storylines merge it doesn't seem forced. I think one of the major problems with this book or in general with the fairytale retelling genre is that the readers already have some kind of idea of what the next part of the story is but the author cannot be blamed for this. There are many subplots in this book. While the story behind the brain chip was fascinating, I didn't like the relation between Wolf and his brother and rather found it silly. To conclude, there are both high points and low points of this book. Though the highest point for me was definitely coming back of Iko, the android. I was heartbroken when she was dismantled in the last book, Cinder. We again get to enjoy her witty remarks in this book.
If I see in a series point of view this book is important as major mysteries are unveiled and we get to know more about the dark plans of the Lunar queen and her army. But if we speak solely about this book it falls flat at some places. Nevertheless, it was nice reading the modern retelling of Red Riding Hood that too incorporated with Cinderella. However one finds it, one thing is promised that it will get you hooked for the next in line. Happy reading! 🤞
“I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet