Book: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Sci Fi
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 2013
Source: Purchased as an e-book
Summary: Scarlet continues the story that began with Cinder (Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer). This one re-tells Red Riding Hood in a future century when medical intervention creates cyborgs and terrifyingly advanced humans live on the moon. Scarlet is a farm girl who delivers produce wearing a red hoodie until her grandmother is kidnapped and the only lead she has is a street fighter called Wolf.
Thoughts: I enjoyed this just as much as Cinder and now I can’t wait for the next installment! The situation keeps getting more interesting and the cast of characters grows in number and ability to handle the ever more perilous times. I struggle with e-books, so I was thrilled that this kept my attention enough to finish it in less than a week.
The next book in this series, Cress, will, according to Goodreads, be a Rapunzel-themed book set in the Saharan Desert. I can hardly wait, but I’ll have to since the release date is 2014.
If you’re interested in the role of fairy tales in modern story-telling, you’ll enjoy this episode of the radio show On Being with Krista Tippett: The Great Cauldron of Story: Maria Tatar on why Fairy Tales are for Adults Again.
Challenges: This is my second accidental book for the Books on France Reading Challenge. I was reading it before I realized it was set in France, albeit a version that might be a bit depressing for Francophiles, since many landmarks are still recognizable but mostly destroyed many years before this story begins. I’m going to do quite well on this challenge since I had books that I planned to read for it, too.
I’m also linking this to the Dreaming of France meme hosted each Monday at An Accidental Blog.
Have you read this book? What did you think?