Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
First published: 2013
Author: Marissa Meyer
***SPOILER ALERT*** THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES. THE FOLLOWING SYNOPSIS AND REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK.
Synopsis: Cinder is 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. 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.
I enjoyed this one even more than I enjoyed Cinder. I liked Scarlet more than I liked Cinder, I definitely liked Wolf more than I liked Kai and I ship Scarlet and Wolf more than I will ever ship Cinder and Kai, mainly because I find Kai to be annoying. Also, Caswell Thorne is everything.
I’m always a bit wary when reading a series where each book has a new POV. It can be good if done well, but it can also be confusing and I end up not caring about any of the characters. Thankfully, this was not the case with Scarlet. Partly because we still got the POV of old characters and partly because I just liked the new ones so much.
I found the story to be quite harrowing, which was surprising. This book gives a better insight into just how horrible Queen Levana is. It’s not often that I find villains in YA that are genuinely scary at least to me, but she’s messed up. So I really enjoy her as a villain.
I loved seeing other parts of the world and the global repercussions the events of the first book had. It made the world feel authentic, with the media coverage and how information traveled. I could definitely see that sort of thing happening in reality. I’m curious to see more in following books.
This book answered some questions, raised a lot more and left some unanswered and I am excited to read the rest of the series. Hopefully, I won’t wait another two years before picking up the third one.