Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. This series follows different characters that are reminiscent of fairy tale characters who live in a post-apocalyptic Earth that is under threat by individuals who live on the Moon, known as Lunars. The first book, Cinder, followed a 16 year old cyborg girl named Lin Cinder who discovers a shocking truth about her past and who she is. As this book opens, Cinder is in custody, and set to be executed by the Lunar Queen. The story shifts between Cinder and a new character, Scarlet Benoit, who is searching for her grandmother who has been missing for several weeks. Scarlet meets Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her grandmother’s whereabouts, and she must go with him to discover the truth.
I read the first book in this series years ago, but never finished it. I am impressed by the detailed Meyers puts into the world building, and her talent for being able to write as a multitude of different characters. Although the shifts in perspective are sometimes jarring, and often times break up some of the flow between important moments for each character, it helps give the reader the sense that everything in this story is happening simultaneously and that each chapter is bringing the characters closer and closer together. The characters themselves have their own quirks that make them enjoyable to read. Cinder is snarky and always has something sarcastic and quick witted to say. Scarlet is fiery and has a tendency to let her emotions and anger fuel her actions. The inclusion of a handful of other key characters perspectives also allows the reader to see how different characters feel about each other, and provides context for the motivations of these characters.
I’m still reading it as of January 14, 2021, but I expect a thrilling conclusion and will finish my final thoughts at that time.