Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, #2
Marissa Meyer
ISBN 9780312642969
Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 2013.
4 ½ stars
Keywords: coming-age fairytales lunar marissa-meyer romance

Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, #2
by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer takes up the second installment of her four-part tale, begun with Cinder, with 18-year-old Scarlet's discovery that the police have closed the case on her missing grandmother. The author continues to move at her lightning pace, and smoothly weaves Cinder's story into this Little Red Riding Hood retelling.

Scarlet and her grandmother grow "the best tomatoes in France," according to their top client, Gilles, owner of the Rieux Tavern. And Scarlet knows her grandmother would never leave without a note, and certainly not without her I.D. chip, which Scarlet had found bloodied and wrapped in cheesecloth on the kitchen counter. Footage of Cinder at the ball, the culminating event of the New Beijing festival in the first book, plays on the netscreen at Rieux Tavern as Scarlet makes her delivery there. Scarlet takes issue with the raunchier remarks, and a fight breaks out. A stranger to town, a streetfighter known only as "Wolf," comes to Scarlet's aid.

Meyer once again reimagines a classic fairy tale and delves into its darker implications. Themes of feminism, keeping one's autonomy in a relationship, coping with betrayal and good old-fashioned storytelling come together in another tour de force. Both Cinder and Scarlet begin a quest to uncover and accept newfound facts about themselves and their families, even as their searches bring them together. Meyer creates another memorable heroine, and fans will be chomping at the bit for the third book, Cress, modeled on Rapunzel.

This review first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.

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