“Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-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 and 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 has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.”- by Marissa Meyer
We all now know whom Cinder is and how important it is for her to get out of prison and to confront Levana Blackburn. In Scarlet, on the other hand, we do not hear much from Cinder until it is towards the end of the story. This book focuses on Scarlet, her background and her one sole mission to find her grandma. It is supposedly a retake on the “Little Red Riding Hood” story, however; it is far from it. I do not think that Marissa Meyer intended the story to be like that fairy tale either. There are some similarities, such as the red jacket or the wolf and the grandma; however, in this review on tales, you can see that Scarlet is not that sweet innocent little red riding hood. The wolves are after the grandma, but not the one wolf she eventually falls in love with in the story. The entire book is connecting pieces from the past and blending it with the future.
I found Scarlet very tomboyish. Apparently working on a farm and being abandoned by her father was hard on her and she had to learn to defend herself to survive. Her grandma kept a big secret from her, which I liked. That secret kept her from harm but also made her feel lonelier as she discovers that no one has ever been truthful to her. She is strict, harsh and attempts to hide behind a self-created shield. She does not like to show any emotions of which could jeopardize her stone image.
I liked Michelle Benoit’s story, and how it was all connected to the puzzle, we have been trying to put together from Cinder. This book introduces Throne. He is the “Ryder” character we all know from “Rapunzel.” He is just as funny and a bad boy of course. He brought out a lighter side of the story since Scarlet is almost always angry, harsh and just to the point. I am glad that Throne was in this book, and I think it was a good move from the writer to mix the three characters and slowly move us on to the third book “Cinder.”