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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
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Aug 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, romance, sci-fi, ya
Read in August, 2012

Meyer continues to please with her heart-pounding followup to Cinder. Scarlet has all the action of its prequel, and then some. This time, Meyer tackles the "Little Red Riding Hood" fairytale, introducing a new female protagonist -- Scarlet -- and Wolf, her love interest. The stakes are even higher this time. Cinder is on the run, pursued by both the Eastern Commonwealth as a traitor to the crown and by the fearsome Lunar Queen who failed to kill her as a child. Her character remains constant from the last book: cautious, resourceful, slow to trust, and reluctant to face the truth of her origins and destiny. Scarlet is her more headstrong counterpart: quick to speak her mind, good with guns and piloting ships, and willing to turn France upside down in search of her kidnapped grandmother. Her love interest, Wolf, is more fleshed out as a character than Emperor Kai, Cinder's love interest from the last book. Meyer expertly keeps a firm hold on her expanding menagerie of characters. Scarlet and Cinder are both fierce female protagonists, but Meyer takes care to differentiate their backgrounds and personalities. Likewise, she expands the world-building she started in Cinder with ample glimpses of the the world outside New Beijing and insight into the Lunar military and society. Scarlet is faster paced than Cinder, with a shifting point of view that ramps up the tension of the parallel story lines. This is a great read for fans of the prequel, and for those who like fractured fairytales, strong female counterparts, and some meaty and unusual world-building (is it fantasy? Is it sci-fi? Who cares, it's awesome!)

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