Hi again ForeverBookers,
I've just finished Scarlet and wow, it was fantastic!
The book starts from where Cinder ended with Cinder in jail. She gets to another cell holding another prisoner - Captain Thorne. He is another main character of this series. They escape from the prison, barely.
While this is happening we're introduced to two new characters. Scarlet, who is worried about the location of her Grandmère (she's French) and Wolf, a vigilante who's escaped his pack. I enjoyed reading about these two characters. They had their funny moments as well as dramatic and even romantic moments.
Cinder and Thorne find it hard to get on to begin with but they are comrades fighting for the same cause, to strip evil Queen Levana of any right to rule the earth. Cinder is keeping the secret of her really being Princess Selene from everyone, even Iko (her best friend, who becomes a spaceship in Scarlet). She reveals who she is at the very end of the book as that is the only way to save Prince Kai and the rest of the world from Levana's wrath she realises. Prince Kai has a small but vital role to play in Scarlet but he reveals that he does intend to marry Queen Levana at the end of Scarlet begrudgingly. Of course Cinder loves him and so doesn't want him to go through with it. He'll do whatever to save his world and people though. Even if it does mean his death as Levana intends to kill him.
Going back to Scarlet and Wolf's story, they have to travel to Paris from Scarlet's farm in France. This is dangerous as Scarlet doesn't know Wolf's true intentions. They get close pretty quickly - I didn't mind this as I quite like reading about instant love. When they get to Paris they're captured by the wolf pack who are werewolves.
These werewolves captured Scarlet's Grandmère to get knowledge from her. Knowledge that could reprimand Cinder and Thorne. I won't spoil what happens at the end because I don't want to spoil the whole book but it's good :).
Most of this book is set in a futuristic France. This was good to see as we don't see many books set outside the USA, England or just fantasy worlds. I appreciated this.
Overall then I really, really enjoyed Scarlet. I thought Cinder was great but Scarlet just ramped the story up a little bit more. I'm therefore giving Scarlet 5 stars. I enjoyed reading about Scarlet and Wolf and their developing relationship as well as Captain Thorne and of course Cinder and Iko as well. I liked how Cinder, Thorne and Iko worked together and how Scarlet and Wolf became a team. At the end of the book, Cinder knows she must discover more about her destiny as Princess Selene and the others are going to help her to do it.
I look forward to reading Cress next and seeing where that takes the story of The Lunar Chronicles.