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Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Marissa Meyer
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (672 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.  

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*Starred Review* Cinder, the beautiful lunar cyborg mechanic, is back, this time in what initially appears to be parallel story lines with Scarlet, the granddaughter of a former military pilot turned farmer in the small town of Rieux, France. After her midnight fall down the palace steps and her imprisonment, Cinder is a media sensation, escaping the New Beijing prison with Captain Carswell Thorne, a handsome if rather clueless petty thief. Scarlet, on the other hand, is trying desperately to gain the police’s attention. Her grandmother has disappeared and is surely in danger; the officers speculate that the eccentric old woman has wandered off. Only when Scarlet meets the violent yet attractive Wolf, an alpha human with animal instincts, is she on the trail of her beloved grand-mère, and a trajectory that intersects with Cinder’s attempt to save the earth by foiling Lunar Queen Levana’s marriage to Emperor Kai. It’s another Marissa Meyer roller-coaster ride, part science fiction/fantasy, part political machinations with a hint of romance. Readers will be pushed into a horrific alternate universe where violence, especially mind manipulation and control, create ethical and life-threatening situations for both teens. With at least one more Lunar Chronicle to come, the suspense continues. And which fairy tale will Meyer morph next? HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cinder (2012), the first title in the Lunar Chronicles, was a New York Times best-seller. Even without the major promotional campaign, teens will be waiting for this follow-up. Grades 7-10. --Frances Bradburn

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"A great choice for all ages, with strong appeal for both girls and boys, these novels will be read and enjoyed—repeatedly." -- VOYA, starred review

Starred Review, Booklist, December 15th issue:

"It’s another Marissa Meyer roller coaster ride, part science fiction/fantasy, part political machination with a hint of romance. Readers will be pushed into a horrific alternate universe where violence, especially mind manipulation and control, create ethical and life-threatening situations for both teens. With at least one more Lunar Chronicle to come, the suspense continues. And which fairy tale will Meyer morph next?" - Booklist, starred review

"Returning fans of Meyer’s Cinder will gladly sink their teeth into this ambitious, wholly satisfying sequel. " - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The author has stepped up the intrigue and plot from the first novel, and readers will be eagerly awaiting the next." -- School Library Journal

 "Further development of this futuristic world plus plenty of action, surprises, and a fast pace will keep readers invested in their journey." -- The Horn Book

 "The sci-fi elements are stronger than the fairy-tale allusions this time out, but the story remains just as absorbing . . . Readers will be thrilled to discover that this steampunky fairy-tale/sci-fi mashup promises two more installments." --BCCB


Product Details

  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LRWVVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sequel with all the charm of the original January 26, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
If you loved Cinder, an updated SciFi-enhanced Cinderella story, you will be thrilled with its sequel Scarlet, which is just as original, engaging and heart-racingly spectacular and picks up right where Cinder left off. Cinder, the teen-aged cyborg mechanic, is in prison and has only just found out that she is the Lunar princess Selene, who almost everyone believes died in a fiery spaceship crash as a young child. Cinder's aunt, the ruthless power-hungry Lunar Queen Levana, planned Cinder's death in order to claim the Moon's throne for herself, and now she is plotting to take over Earth as well, starting with the Eastern Commonwealth governed by Prince Kai. Somehow Cinder must break out of prison to help Kai and stop her aunt, but there is an army of genetically modified human/wolf soldiers hunting her down and poised to wreak havoc in all of Earth's major cities.

Fortunately, Cinder won't have to do it completely alone. Halfway around the world Scarlet Benoit, aka Red Riding Hood, is searching France for her missing grandmother, a woman who knows something about the early years of Cinder's life. Scarlet and Wolf, a street fighter with his own links to Queen Levana, join forces with Cinder, Cinder's android friend Iko and Cinder's sleazy but ultimately useful prison break partner "Captain" Thorne.

What I love about Scarlet is how well it continues the story and strengths of Cinder, including its thorough world building, its clever and cohesive SciFi update on well known fairy tale characters and their stories, its plot which is both fast paced and full of complications, and probably most important to me, its characters who are learning as they go and having to work together even when they don't completely trust each other.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Series vs. Serial June 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed "Cinder" and I enjoyed this follow-up. Both books are well-plotted, fast-paced stories with interesting characters and situations. My complaint is that this appears to be a series, but it's not. It's a serial. The books aren't stories that follow each other, they are portions of one story... and when I finished "Scarlet" I had the same feeling I had when I finished "Cinder": "Are you kidding me?" The books just stop. If you haven't started the series, I recommend just waiting until it's complete and then reading them all, because you're really just getting a section of a larger book with each.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Cinder! January 31, 2013
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I've been wanting to read this book ever since I finished Cinder, and it didn't disappoint! Scarlet's and Cinder's stories blend so well with each other. Looking back, there are little bits of Cinder that hint at things to come in Scarlet. And everything puzzles together so perfectly, I loved it.

The story starts right up after Cinder. The day after the coronation ball. And, it is action packed from the beginning. Scarlet's grandmother has been missing for a little over 2 weeks. Scarlet is very afraid that something really bad has happened to her grandmother, but the police have stopped looking for her so now Scarlet has to look for her on her own. On her quest to find her grandmother, she runs into wolf, the street fighter, who may just know where her grandmother is. (If you want to know more about Wolf, read the short story, The Queen's Army. Bits of that also ties into this book)

The story also whips back to Cinder and her quest to escape from prison and get out of the grasp of the Luna Queen Levana. On her way trying to escape, she runs in to Captain Carswell Thorne. And together they go on an adventure.

The new characters are great. Thorne is hilarious with his witty remarks. I found myself giggling at almost everything he said. And Wolf, even though you can never tell he is actually a good guy or a bad guy you feel for him. With his shy demeanor but his large physical appearance.

The novel does subtly tie into the little red riding hood tale. Scarlet going to see her grandmother. And other parts of little red riding hood, that I can't add because it might spoil the novel.

There are parts that left me on the edge of my seat.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehhh April 19, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I had high hopes for this book. I thought there would be a lot of character building and exciting new characters.
However, the new characters that were introduced seemed like they were thrown together last minute, where Scarlet and Wolf are copies of Bella and Edward in the sense where "I want to protect you." "Oh, I'm pretend brave and tough, but I need you to protect me." And they're in "love" after knowing each other for less than a week and where Wolf has tried to kill her *coughEDWARDcough* but she shuddered whenever he touches her and her heart "palpitates" all the dang time. Wolf is this killer/nice guy, which does not work at all. Scarlet is set up as this independent woman who has experienced enough to be brave, but whenever she's need to do something scary, she is so weak and I hate it.
Cinder seemed like she was ignored. She didn't have anything added to her character and she didn't seem to move on at all even though the book was almost 500 pages.
The most interesting part of this book was the Lunar queen, which hardly any time was spend on.

*Spoilers from this point on*

Also, there were a fair share of fight scenes. Where each sentence should have been short and crisp to add tension, every single one was drawn out with description that was not needed and made the reading tedious. I didn't feel the action. I felt like I was reading a mediocre scuffle instead of a bloodbath that was SUPPOSE to be be going on. All in all, it was very boring.
Throughout the book, I found myself mentally editing whole pages of this, which never happens and felt like I was doing a long homework assignment for my creative writing class while reading this with polished sections slapped in there every so often.
I think I'm being generous with two stars. There were parts of the book that I really did like, so I'm going to give the next book a chance. Hopefully the editors will do a better part editing the next book. *crosses fingers*
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars!
After recently reading Cinder, I knew this was a series I would continue. Several of my friends mentioned that Scarlet was better than Cinder. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I loved this sequel to Cinder, which was a great book. Great writing, great story. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 1 day ago by Aubreyann
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
Couldn't put this book down !!! Usually the second book is never as good as the first but this is just as good if not better!
Published 2 days ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars 6/5 stars
Just. So. PERFECT <3 The ending was perfect even though well cliffhanger much. Well all I could say is that I need Cress in my life.
Published 3 days ago by Alyssa Bernardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Writing and Story
I am absolutely loving The Lunar Chronicles, the retelling of of many of our princesses. In this book we get to meet Scarlet (The Little Red Riding Hood), Scarlet is a strong... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nel Mad
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Romantic
I have only positive thoughts about this book.
The new characters are written nicely and the book is still family friendly.
Published 3 days ago by pinkcoffeecake
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved, loved this pretty! Suited me more than Cinder and was...
Originally published on my blog @ Little Pieces of Imagination

Like I said in my review for Cinder: I had a very rocky start with The Lunar Chronicles series—I DNF-d... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' it
I absolutely love the lunar chronicles!!!! After I read Cinder I didn't think Marrissa Meyer could match it, but she did.I definitely recommend this book!!!!!!!
Published 3 days ago by Shannon Milne
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Scarlet' lives up to 'Cinder'
'Scarlet' was terrific. There's no "second-book syndrome" about this novel! Marissa Meyer expertly alternates between the stories of Scarlet and Wolf, and Cinder and Thorne (a... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
5.0 out of 5 stars Good choice for teens
My teenager is reading this book, loves it! Would recommend it to a friend and is looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published 5 days ago by Nicole Lewis
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Marissa Meyer lives near Seattle with her husband and their three cats. She's a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf...) and will take any excuse to put on a costume. She may or may not be a cyborg.

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