Title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Summary: [from GoodReads]
The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s 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. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. 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
You know those books that you know will keep you up all night reading, and it’s 10 pm, but you start them anyway? Yeah. That. I had been on the waitlist for this one at the library for a few months before it came out and I was so excited when it came in that I dropped everything I had started reading and devoured it in the space of 24 hours.
For one thing, I loved that even though Scarlet was a retelling of Red Riding Hood we still got quite a bit of Cinder’s story from her point of view. So often when sequels switch to a different set of characters we end up getting the continuation of the first story by way of happenstance meet-up and info-dump. It is so much more fun to experience the story as it happens instead, and Scarlet does this by switching back and forth between the two main characters.
To me, this series isn’t just good because they’re based on fairy tales (which I’ll admit is an automatic ticket to AWESOME in my book). That’s an added bonus, but these novels are really just GOOD BOOKS that happen to resemble certain aspects of fairy tales. Even though it’s pretty clear that Scarlet is supposed to be Little Red Riding Hood, there are just as many elements of Beauty and the Beast there too. In fact, I would almost say the story is original enough to be its own, new fairytale, clearly inspired by others but able to stand on its own without their help as well.
If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I strongly urge you to do so. It remains one of my all-time favorites and probably will for a long time!