This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer talks about book two in the Lunar Chronicles series. Each book in the series is a retelling of a well-known fairytale.

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Anvitha K., Grade 9, Teen Reviewer

scarletTitle: Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Format: Book

Year of Publication: 2013

Who will the book appeal to?: ages 12 and up, readers of Cinder

Rating: 5/5

Scarlet, the second book in the The Lunar Chronicles series following Cinder, continues a little after where the previous book left off, and revolves around Scarlet, a girl whose beloved grandmother has gone missing at the beginning of the book. There are still chapters where readers will see glimpses of Cinder too, along with another newly introduced character, both of whom are trying to break out of New Beijing Prison.

The book is centered around the plot of Little Red Riding Hood, just as Cinder followed Cinderella. Although it is a retelling, Meyer does a fantastic job making the plot her own, and regales readers with the story of Scarlet, who travels to Paris along with Wolf, a street fighter who claims to know her grandmother’s possible whereabouts, though he seems to be hiding more than what he tells her. Meanwhile, Cinder is desperately trying to find a way to stop Queen Levana, the power-hungry queen of Luna, who wants to marry Prince Kaito of the Eastern Commonwealth so she can begin her conquering of the Earth.

With the fast pace of the first book, Scarlet will not let readers be bored for even a minute, and is definitely a must-read. The characters in Meyer’s book are extremely well-developed and relatable, being more human than hero-like, with their faults, strengths, and the mistakes they make. I personally loved how Marissa Meyer connected her book to the original fairytale with short excerpts from the original at the beginning of each part.

I absolutely loved Scarlet, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves action, adventure, and science-fiction. There is no content that would make someone uncomfortable or unwilling to read the book. The Lunar Chronicles series is in itself, a very worthwhile read, and if there is only one series that you read this season, then let it be this one.

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