Scarlet is a pilot and farms with her grandmother, who has been missing for a few weeks. When the police give up on the case, Scarlet decides she will try to find out what happened on her own. She meets a guy named Wolf at a restaurant where she is delivering her vegetables and develops a strange attraction to him.
Crazy things happen, and Scarlet and Wolf end up on an adventure to find her grandmother, but Wolf is hiding things and Scarlet doesn't know if she can trust him.
Cinder escapes from prison, and brings a pilot along with her. They escape in a stolen ship and seem to be safe orbiting the Earth, but Cinder is desperate to figure out just how she came to be who she is.
That's a really bare-bones explanation of a really exciting adventure. The new characters are great -- and the old ones continue to develop. Yes, we do see what is going on with Kai, but he's on his own trying to appease the Lunar queen. She continues to be one of the most villainous villains I've come across. I really WANT the good guys to prevail here, but I'm entertained by the path to get to that point. Cinder and Scarlet's paths do cross in the end and Meyer's plotting is brilliant.
The main setting in Scarlet is France, and some of it is in Paris. It is interesting how Meyer has created this new world, but really it's based on the world we are familiar with.
The ending is satisfying because the battle is over, but the war has only just begun. We know what Cinder's plans are, and I can't wait to see how it all works out in the next book.
You could probably read Scarlet without reading Cinder, but why would you want to? I highly recommend this series to my teens, and I know many of them that are anxiously awaiting Scarlet. They won't be disappointed.
Published by Feiwel & Friends, February 5, 2013
ARC obtained from Around the World ARC Tours
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