I loved, LOVED Cinder. So, I was upset to hear that the next book in The Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet, was going to be a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. Oh I was so mad. Who cares about Little Red Riding Hood? Typical, an author has a great idea and then cannot follow through with it and adds some junk. I angrily read the first 50 pages or so. I was for sure that this would going to be bad and I was already hating it. Oh how WRONG I was.
I don’t even know how to explain to you how GOOD Scarlet was. I am totally shocked to say it but it’s true, Scarlet was a better book than Cinder, which is hard to do in a series. Most of the time, the 2nd book is just okay, and lacks the magic of the 1st one. That is not the case here.
In Scarlet, Cinder is trying to break out of prison and halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police won’t look for Scarlet’s grandmother and so Scarlet goes off to find her. And since this is Little Red Riding Hood, Scarlet runs into Wolf, a mysterious, wild man that only Scarlet can seem to tame. I’m sure you are wondering, what does Scarlet’s grandmother have to do with Cinder? Meyers slowly reveals the connection between the two and it is jaw dropping good, so I won’t ruin it.
Meyer’s ability to combine fairy tales with sic-fi/fantasy is amazing, wonderful, phenomenal, extraordinary… I’m not sure if there is a strong enough adjective to describe the brilliance of her work and this series. I love that all the heroes in this book / series are women and the people they repeatedly recuse are men. Which in some ways makes it all that more enjoyable. I really think that this book / series has a much broader appeal than YA and I hope that it will, eventually, break out if it because it is just THAT GOOD!
It’s only September but I really don’t think I will read a better book in 2013 than Scarlet.