Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


A young woman, searching for her grandmother, meets an unlikely companion and many secrets on the way to her goal.


  • As I’ve surely established in my other posts, I rarely enjoy romance in YA books, but I LOVE the romances in this series. These subplots are full of surprises, and while the romances are confusing for the character, I appreciate that the confusion is mutual. They capture the turmoil of circumstances but also reveal the vulnerability of the characters.
  • The connections drawn between book 1, Cinder, and book 2 were incredible. I didn’t see them until the author intended me to. Then, I could easily remember the clues sprinkled through the chapters.
  • I love the world building!
  • The pandemic featured in the series feels relevant, and I appreciated having references from it in Scarlet after Cinder.
  • The debate over the value of lives of cyborgs, androids, and lunas provides poignant commentary on modern race issues.

Least Favorites:

  • I write this a lot, but there wasn’t anything negative that stood out in this book or of the series from book 1 to book 2.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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