Publish date- 2013.
Publisher- Macmillan Audio.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
The second installment in the Lunar Chronicles takes on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. You meet Scarlet, fiercely protective and determined, and Wolf, a street fighter with a dark past. *ghosts murmur mysteriously*
What I thought:
Scarlet marks another successful step in my journey to listening to all of the Lunar Chronicles books on audio- but by successful... it certainly was not the story I had expected. I did enjoy it a bit more than Cinder overall, particularly the ending which was verging on truly great in it’s intensity and all of it, really, but I faced a range of issues in Scarlet and most of them revolved around the title character.
Scarlet was... annoying. I love the way she is completely willing to risk herself to get her grandmother back, because that’s how much she loves her, but she was so frustrating at times and reversely awesome at times. She stands for herself. She won’t be used or let down by the people around her. She’ll fight.
But she is way(yyyyy) too trusting of Wolf, and I really, really did not like him. The predictability overall in Scarlet was less, but it was obvious to me Wolf was a dangerous one, and yet even when she knew she just kept on giving him chances. She put herself at risk because she trusted him, after knowing (*spoiler* and being grievously betrayed by) him for a week.
When I felt the oncoming tide of remorse I stood firmly against it. I’m not as unforgiving as Scarlet, no way.
I did start to like Cinder more here, and the other new addition: Thorn! Kai, in his few moments, is still thick headed (the fact no one guesses the truth gets to me) and frustrating, although perhaps my sympathies are more with him here.
All in all it was an exciting story, but for the first 75-80% a rather disengaging, disappointing one. And I mean, come on- Wolf’s eyes can’t be that great.
Rating: Not Hmm all the way, no, but for a lot of the time.
Things are progressing (I mean, I started liking Cinder!), but Wolf and Scarlet weren't characters I liked a lot and overall the story just isn't something I'm all the invested in, in this segment. I liked it a lot more towards the end, but it took about 80% of the book to get to that stage and that's a long time to wait.