Scarlet - YA Review by Ellen P

Reader: Ellen P
Age: 16
Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Pub Date: 02/05/13
Galley: No
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This was a very good, solid sequel to Cinder. It retells Red Riding Hood in an unexpected way, while weaving in Cinder's story, continuing from where the last book left off. Scarlet and Wolf, the new characters, are well crafted and interesting, and the world Meyer created is more fleshed out. I loved the action sequences. They were well written and immersive.
Memorable or Forgettable: The twists and turns in this book were really well done. Not everyone is who you think they are, and you never see the big reveals coming. Whereas reading Cinder, I guessed the surprises before they happened, in Scarlet they come out of nowhere. Meyer's world building is also excellent in Scarlet. She has clearly paid attention to detail, down to descriptions of how the hover trains function. This made the story seem extremely realistic, despite the fantastical elements in it.
Cover: The cover is nice and appealing but lacks the wow factor that drew me to Cinder. I would've liked a bit more detail showing the futuristic themes of this book.
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it

tags:  science fiction / fairy tale / Lunar Chronicles / ya lit

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