When we last left off from the first book, Cinder has found herself now in prison after being captured at Prince Kai’s ball. While she is plotting her escape in New Beijing, Scarlet Benoit over in France is searching for her missing grandmother. During her investigations, she encounters a streetfighter named Wolf who apparently knows something surrounding her grandmother’s disappearance. With no other leads, and no other choice, Scarlet begrudgingly trusts him, finding herself falling further and further into a bigger mystery than she initially thought.
While I enjoyed the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, I really loved this one so much more. I enjoyed the different story lines and the dynamic of two main characters rather than an entire book just about Cinder. While I understand that it was necessary to do that and establish the world that they live in, I was able to more fully immerse myself in Scarlet because of the added variety of characters and scenarios.
To me, I always pictured Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine whenever I read about Wolf… if the rest of the cast was a bit older or Hugh was a more appropriate age. Especially with his introduction as a streetfighter, it reminded me of the beginning of the first X-Men movie. All the players in this series have such distinct voices & characteristics that they really successfully play off each other. Scarlet works even better as a fairytale retelling because of all that we know about these characters already. So having hints of that come out are like DVD easter eggs, waiting to be found by the fans.
Scarlet will make you laugh, swoon and scream in (good) frustration – an absolutely fantastic sequel to a 4-book series!