Scarlet Synopsis: 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. – Goodreads
In a word? BORING!
Seriously, Cinder, book 1 in the Lunar Chronicles, was at least interesting, if not unique or thought-provoking. Scarlet, however, just sucked. It was a book that used a lot of words that said absolutely nothing. Meyer stretched too hard to give us characters that we would like, but didn’t. Scarlet was your typical YA book heroine (at least Cinder wasn’t super typical!) and Wolf was…uhm… a complete nonentity that did exactly everything I expected him to do.
When it touched back on Cinder’s story, it was okay, but I felt like Thorne was another cookie-cutter bake and toss character that had absolutely no substance and was superbly disappointing. Maybe I’m fussy because I just came off The Shadow Queen, which gave me REAL fleshed-out characters that I could totally root for and enjoy, but Scarlet just falls completely flat and gives me absolutely no desire whatsoever to finish this series.
The airheaded but enjoyable entertainment Meyer gives us in Cinder is completely absent here. The writing is weak. My overall feeling is one of displeasure, perhaps because the first book was such a fun read. Especially the ending where Scarlet pairs off with her man (I’m not spoiling anything here, you know she’s going to pair off). It is so completely ridiculous. “Oh I know we’ve only…” “Yes, but…” “You, too?” “OH, yes!” *eyeroll*
Now, trust me, I recognize the hypocrisy in that last statement, given that I admit to loving Disney cartoons. However, the Princess movies are for little kids, not adults. Given this book isn’t marketed for under 12’ers, I expect actual substance of some sort.
Cannot recommend this. At all. Not even a little bit. Ugh.