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Today’s book review is for Scarlett the second installment of the Cinder series. I really enjoyed the first book and, after finishing Cinder, I couldn’t imagine not finishing this series,and couldn’t wait to get started on the next book. I borrowed this audiobook from my library’s online database on Overdrive and it took me about a week to finish, but I feel like I devoured this novel. I really want to re-read the whole series on paper to get a feel for the timing and spacing, but Rebecca Soler and Marissa Meyer work really well together to bring these characters to life on paper and through oration.
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When the story opens, we meet Scarlett as she’s delivering produce to a local restaurant and bar. She drives a hard bargain with the buyer and then stands up for Cinder when the crowd decides to take an ugly turn making fun of her on the TV. As the story progresses we learn that Scarlett is very tough and she learned it all from her grandmother, an ex military pilot turned farmer. Scarlett manages to stands her own against mutant fighters in order to discover the cause of her Grandma’s disappearance, earning the devotion of an Alpha mutant named wolf, and the attention and respect of Cinder herself. Scarlett and Wolf join Cinder’s crew, and help hatch a plan to rescue a lunar hostage, save the emperor, and the protect the world from an evil alien takeover. Needless to say the plan goes slightly awry.
I wasn’t able to put down this installment of the lunar Chronicles. Romance, action, intrigue, mystery, ballsy female leaders, this novel has it all. I immediately wanted to jump into the next book, Cress. I would highly recommend this book to fantasy readers of all ages. This series is proving to be intricate and well thought out. They cover complex interpersonal issues like abandonment, body dysmorphia,and mental illness, as well as complex political and social questions. The action drives the plot, but the relationships between the characters are rich and nuanced. I really enjoyed reading this story.
If you have read the Lunar Chronicles and are looking for your next read you might enjoy:
Heartless by Marissa Meyer, a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Queen of Hearts character . The steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross, a steampunk inspired series exploring the lives of offspring from literature’s great heroes. I would recommend starting with The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross . Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger, follow a young girl as she learns to be a lady, and a secret assassin .
Have you read the Lunar Chronicles, or any of my other recommendations? What did you think? As always, I would love to hear your feedback below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!