Last month, I finally began “The Lunar Chronicles” written by Marissa Meyer. I’d call this series a dystopian sci-fi retelling of fairy tales we loved and treasured as a child to now. The second installment entitled, Scarlet, twists the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood into a more twisted, conspiracy-ridden story that picks up where the first novel Cinder, left off.
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. Once she gave her a little riding hood of red velvet, which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else; so she was always called ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’
–Little Red Riding Hood, The Brothers Grimm
Scarlet Benoit, the granddaughter of a former pilot for the European Air Force turned farmer, is in a panic over her missing grandmother. The police won’t believe her and have closed the case. Scarlet swears her grandmother has been kidnapped, using the extracted ID chip she found wrapped in a cloth, as evidence. Despite her pleas being constantly waved away as nonsense, she prepares to embark on a journey when her alcoholic father appears out of nowhere to tell her that her grandmother kept a secret. Only the question is, what is that secret? Scarlet does not believe her grandmother would keep secrets from her. Alas, the secret is one that conspiracy theorists in her worlds would go mad about.
Then we have Wolf. Mysterious, yet very predictable Wolf. Wolf, shows up at one of the Scarlet’s customer’s restaurants out of the blue. As soon as he meets Scarlet, he tries to convince her to have him work for her. Now, you know he has something to hide and if you have read the previous book, come on, you know what it is.
Now, I may get boo-ed or hated for this review because I am going to be blatantly honest. This whole book was PREDICTABLE! I cannot stress how predictable this book is. So much so, that you could probably skim through it in an hour and that’s all you would need. Not only that but it’s slow. I hate slow stories. Now, if the story is slow at the beginning then speeds up, that’s ok. If it never speeds up no matter how far you go-that’s a problem. I may be the only person who thought this but this is just me.
I’m in the middle of the third book right now and it’s already 75% better than Scarlet. I always give 100% honest reviews so for this one, Scarlet receives a 5 out of 10 Book Charms. I want to hear your opinions on this book. I truly do because I am wondering if anyone else felt dragged along this second book like me.
Let me know in the comments what you thought of Scarlet and if you had problems with it, what were they?
Happy or Cautious Reading!