Rating: High Four 1/2
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of Divergent, the Land of Stories, and possibly Percy Jackson (I pretty much always include that recommendation)
Synopsis (from Amazon, as always :):
Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison--even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does--in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
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.
So, this review will seem really negative. If you want a positive review for the Lunar Chronicles, check out my reviews for Fairest and Cress. All of the amazing things I said about the writing and characters still apply to this story, which I still rated a high Four 1/12.
Scarlet takes place, for most of the book, in France, centering on a teenager-ish girl named Scarlet, who's looking for her grandmother. She suspects her grandmother has been kidnapped, but the police have closed the case. Hence, Scarlet meets Wolf, who keeps popping up with secrets at every corner...
Yes, Scarlet's story was mildly to pretty interesting, but I didn't feel like it had to do with Cinder's story as much. Yes, it introduced Levana's special operative soldiers, but I felt it was unneeded. In Cress, I actually was really fascinated with her story, being on a satellite so far away. So that definitely affected my reading experience, my general disinterest and not really caring. Also, there wasn't that much big action, except at the end, maybe last 10 chapters (there are 47, if I recall correctly). I kept hoping that the next page would bring the moment Scarlet got captured, or Cinder was attacked, etc., but I was a little disappointed. One last thing - I felt that the scene when Cinder and Thorne got attacked by the police and special operatives, it could have been used a little more in the story, and Cinder's guilt was pretty short-lived.
Remember, I said at the beginning this was going to be a negative review, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book - just not as much as the others.