Friday, May 3, 2013

YA Review: Scarlet


Meyer, Marissa. (2013).

[Genre: Science-fiction, Fantasy]

Cinder was one of my most surprising (in a good way) reads of 2012. Marissa Meyer's debut was unique and amazing . . . and pretty much everyone else in the blog world seemed to agree! Scarlet picks up where Cinder left off, with Cinder now trying to escape from prison as the Lunar Queen makes a move on the Eastern Commonwealth. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world (in France no less) we are introduced to 18 year old Scarlet, who's trying to track down her missing grandmother.

It took me a little bit to warm to Scarlet, as it follows what begins as two very different storylines simultaneously. Meyer hits her stride very quickly though and draws us into the new characters. And it shows how good she is, because I really quite liked Cinder (and Kai) as characters. But by the end of Scarlet, I liked Scarlet (and Wolf) even more. Scarlet is just a little bit older than Cinder and it shows in her self-confidence and independence in comparison. Kai is lovely, but in comparison to Wolf he seems slightly puppy-dogish (the irony of which becomes evident further into the story). Wolf, surprisingly considering their respective pasts, is the less naive of the two male leads. His tough outer shell disguises an extremely human vulnerability.

Meyer weaves the two different stories together at an exhilarating pace until they come together with an unexpected-yet-not bang. I love how I saw it coming, but didn't at the same time. You know Scarlet and Cinder are going to come together eventually, but by the time you think about the details it's on you.

Cinder was good. Scarlet was just as good. I can't wait to see what comes with Cress (how is Meyer going to balance THREE heroines??)

4 stars