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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
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If you loved Cinder, an updated SciFi-enhanced Cinderella story, you will be thrilled with its sequel Scarlet, which is just as original, engaging and heart-racingly spectacular and picks up right where Cinder left off. Cinder, the teen-aged cyborg mechanic, is in prison and has only just found out that she is the Lunar princess Selene, who almost everyone believes died in a fiery spaceship crash as a young child. Cinder's aunt, the ruthless power-hungry Lunar Queen Levana, planned Cinder's death in order to claim the Moon's throne for herself, and now she is plotting to take over Earth as well, starting with the Eastern Commonwealth governed by Prince Kai. Somehow Cinder must break out of prison to help Kai and stop her aunt, but there is an army of genetically modified human/wolf soldiers hunting her down and poised to wreak havoc in all of Earth's major cities.

Fortunately, Cinder won't have to do it completely alone. Halfway around the world Scarlet Benoit, aka Red Riding Hood, is searching France for her missing grandmother, a woman who knows something about the early years of Cinder's life. Scarlet and Wolf, a street fighter with his own links to Queen Levana, join forces with Cinder, Cinder's android friend Iko and Cinder's sleazy but ultimately useful prison break partner "Captain" Thorne.

What I love about Scarlet is how well it continues the story and strengths of Cinder, including its thorough world building, its clever and cohesive SciFi update on well known fairy tale characters and their stories, its plot which is both fast paced and full of complications, and probably most important to me, its characters who are learning as they go and having to work together even when they don't completely trust each other. They are all more human than superhero, with strengths and flaws, talents and insecurities. The female characters are strong, something I appreciate, and many of the characters have interesting back stories which become clear as the plot unfolds. An added plus is that the author has kept the tension high while still managing to include humor, especially using Iko, Cinder's android friend, and "Captain" Thorne, her prison break partner.

Marissa Meyer has written riveting prequel story for Scarlet about Wolf and his background called The Queen's Army that can be purchased from Amazon or read online at the website Tor http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/11/th... .
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