Scarlet, the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, follows the story of Scarlet and Cinder. Having read Cinder, the first book in the series, I ended up drawing comparisons between her and Scarlet even though I did not want to. Scarlet comes across as a more relatable character compared to Cinder, who due to her physical make up is more hardened. Scarlet’s affinity for Wolf takes time to evolve, unlike Cinder’s attraction to Prince Kaito that seems to take on a life of its own every time the two meet. That’s not to say that the romance in this book is any less than in Cinder. However, it’s more bearable. That’s something.
I feel that these books could have left the romance out (or toned it down significantly) to just focus on the story and the characters – the women – who could have emerged really really strong, simply because of the way Marissa Meyer has created them in the futuristic setting. Meyer’s ability to detail out a world that’s set in the far future, but is well married to the tales that we are familiar with, is incredible. And that’s where my issue lies – I wish it could have been the sole focus of the story. It may have appealed to a larger audience.
Also, in Scarlet, Meyer has added new and interesting layers to the old story. These layers tie in with Cinder’s story and also take the tale to a whole new level. So, if you’ve ever wondered what would happen if Cinderella met Red Riding Hood, try this book. Meyer will set your imagination free.
What did you think about the focus on romance in The Lunar Chronicle books? Let me know what you think, in the comments below.