Sorry everyone! I re-read “Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer just a couple of weeks ago, and I really wanted to revise my previous review; I didn’t know quite how to revise it, so I ended up deleting it completely. Feel free to skip this if you want!
“Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer
4 out of 5 stars.
Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother has been missing for over two weeks. No one will believe Scarlet when she says that Michelle Benoit would never leave Scarlet like this, without warning. She just wouldn’t! Everyone in the small village of Rieux, France, believes that Michelle Benoit is crazy and that Scarlet must be too since she is Michelle’s granddaughter. But Scarlet knows better than to believe in what they say about her guardian, and despite all of her grandmother’s quirks, Scarlet knows, without a doubt, that she would never just abandon her grandchild. With this in mind, Scarlet sets out on a perilous journey to find her grandmother and save her from her (assumed) kidnappers before it is too late.
Though Scarlet is determined to find her grandmother and she will have to do it alone since no one else wants to help, but she has no idea where to start. How do you find kidnappers who took an old woman off of her own farm without leaving a shred of evidence? How can Scarlet find a bunch of…well, ghosts? Lucky for Scarlet, she stumbles upon someone who might be able to help hunt her grandmother’s kidnappers down and lead Scarlet to the older Benoit. But it is not without great cost to Scarlet.
Cider has been stuck in a cell for far too long, and she is ready to break out and set her plans into motion. Thorne, however, is not a part of those plans. A fellow prison mate, Cinder accidentally breaks into his room while trying to dig (or drill) her way out of prison. Carswell Thorne and Linh Cinder are complete opposites. He’s a human, she is a cyborg. He has enough conceit and self-absorption to fuel an entire spaceship, and she only wants to be free from her wicked Lunar aunt and to save the boy she loves. The list goes on and on, but the one thing that they do have in common is the most important: Carswell Thorne and Linh Conder both want to escape.
Though inconvenient at first, the company of Captain Thorne is quite entertaining, and Cinder soon finds that escaping prison can create an unanticipated camaraderie between two people. And right now she needs all of the friends she can get. Cinder just hopes that she and Thorne will be able to find this Michelle Benoit before any Lunars do, or else it is game over for Cinder and anyone that is close to her.
As Scarlet and Wolf journey through the south of France all the way up to Paris, they find out that they each have their fair share of secrets; ones that they didn’t even know about. Can this unlikely duo make it to Paris before it is too late? And what about Cinder and Thorne? Will they arrive in time to save Michelle, or will Cinder be too late again?
Marissa Meyer is a creative little thing. Her world building is fabulous, her characters are fleshed out very well, and her pacing is done wonderfully. “Scarlet” takes place over only a few days, but I felt that I had spent so much more time with these characters than I actually had, and it made me feel as if I gained a few new friends along the way. If you are a person who prefers the “get-to-the-point” kind of book, this may not be your favorite book. It is well written, but I could see how some people could feel like it is a bit drawn out. I usually feel that way, too, but lately I have had a couple of books (“Deception”,and “Unravel Me” to name just two) that were more drawn out for the time period they took place over, but they never seemed to drag. I loved them for being long, yet very engaging, and “Scarlet” was one of those books for me. I got to know the characters so much better because of it and I felt more involved in their stories than I usually would. Speaking of characters…
Scarlet herself was a very likable heroine. She was spunky and strong without being too overbearing. Her fierce loyalty to her grandmother made me respect her a lot, and I enjoyed following her around her little town of Roux and a bit of Paris. I think nearing the end she got a bit snippy for my taste, but it wasn’t bad at all (just not my ideal). One of the things in “Scarlet” that I think about now is her and Wolf’s relationship and how fast it happened. “Scarlet” takes place over a forty-eight hour (give or a take a few) period, so traditionally I would call their fondness for each other of the insta-love variety, but while reading it I didn’t feel that way at all. I have to hand it to Marissa for making their relationship feel way more developed in “Scarlet” than their time together warranted.
Wolf was a good guy character, and I liked him a lot during the first half of the book; it’s not that I didn’t like him in the latter half, it is just that I can only take so many dark looks and so much internal brooding. He is just not my type, but he is still a very good main guy character.
Speaking of my type, I want to talk about Carswell Thorne.
Yeah, Thorne is so my speed. Tall (because I imagine him that way and because Marissa never said otherwise in this book), blond, charming, and super cheeky. *Giggles* I REALLY liked him. He is the comedic relief in “Scarlet” and I kinda want him and Cinder to end up together, though I know they never will.
I feel that Thorne also has a lot more depth of character than you think he does. In “Scarlet” he acts like he is way too into himself for his own good,
but why would he go to such links to help Cinder, risking his life, if that was all there was to him? There are just small things here and there that make me think that Captain Carswell Thorne is smarter than he acts, kinder than he seems, and is a hero underneath all that sarcasm and false bravado (although he truly does have some SWAG going on).
I don’t know exactly why, but I adored his character and I cannot wait until “Cress” because I want to find out more about who he truly is, and well, I just want to read more about this cheeky boy!
My favorite characters aside, the whole cast and crew of “Scarlet” were great. Marissa Meyer did a great job of intertwining past characters with the new ones in “Scarlet.” The world building gets even better in this book, and I hear that “Cress” is even better for explaining the Lunar world! Overall a fantastic read! The “Lunar Chronicles” are a great, fresh take on some of our favorite fairy tales, or if you are just in the mood for an enjoyable, well-written sci-fy/fantasy book! I loved this book and I am soooooo looking forward to “Cress” this coming February.