Last year Cinder was in my top ten books. I loved it, every moment of it. This week the sequel, Scarlet, showed up in the mail and I quickly turned to it. And, once again, I loved it. Every bit.
* Spoilers for those who have not read Cinder yet *
Scarlet Benoit is a young woman from a small town in France. She’s has lived there for years with her Grandmere, Michelle, on a vegetable farm. When her Grandmere goes missing Scarlet vows to find her no matter what. Her search brings her to Wolf, a young street fighter with a secret past. She suspects he has something to do with the dissapearance but allies with him anyways. When their information leads them to Cinder, the infamous cyborg ball-crasher, it’s anyone’s guess which side she’ll be on. Cinder is wanted by the Emperor, Kai, and the Lunar Queen, Levana, who will stop at nothing to retrieve her.
Marissa Meyer is a fabulously inventive world builder. The methods in which she weaves the traditional fairy tales into a science fiction dynamic are really fantastic. I absolutely adored what she did with this one. I was ambivalent to read a new character since I had loved Cinder so much, but I took to Scarlet immediately. She’s determined and smart and full of fire. Wolf won me over too. He’s crushworthy in only the way that YA characters can be. I pretty much fell for his animal like mannerisms from the word go. It’s a relief to see Cinder and Kai back as well. I’m glad that they were not completely out of the picture. It would have been a shame to see them go so soon.
I cannot wait for book three. Marissa Meyer, please write faster! Please!
5 out of 5 stars.
* Scarlet releases February 5th, 2013. Please do not ask to borrow my ARC.