Scarlet picks up right where Cinder ended, Cinder is currently in prison but Dr. Erland has just left her with new prosthetics and a lot of new information. Cinder has just been told that not only is she Lunar, but she is the missing Princess Selene of Lunar. Dr. Erland has given her two tasks; escape from the prison and then join him in Africa. In true Cinder fashion, she escapes from prison but she picks up another prisoner on her way, “Captain” Carswell Thorne. Together they manage to reach Thorne’s stolen spaceship and leave New Beijing. We also get introduced to a couple other new characters, Scarlet Benoit, who is looking for her grandmother, and Wolf, the mysterious street fighter that is helping Scarlet get her grandmother back. This book alternates between Cinder and Thorne’s escape, Scarlet and Wolf’s quest and Kai’s dealings with the ever persistent Queen Levana.
Cinder is just as great as before but she really has trouble accepting her true identity. Once she escapes prison, she heads to France to find Michelle Benoit who may have the answers to Cinder’s past. Cinder is also equipped with a brand new cyborg hand which has cool new features like tranquilizer darts and she is not afraid to use them! I really liked the comedic Thorne, when he first meets Cinder he explains how he started a soap protest in prison because the soap was too drying for his skin! He brings a great sense of humor to the plot. Scarlet and Wolf were also great characters, Scarlet is very strong and a fighter. She will not let anything stop her from finding her grandmother. Wolf is very animalistic and mysterious but he also has a gentle side that he shows especially when he is with Scarlet. There were times when I wanted to hate him but I couldn’t.
Just like in Cinder, this book follows a quick pace with lots of action. There are the elements of the traditional fairytale but Meyer still manages to add her own twist to them to make the story great. The only thing I did not like was the ending! Warning, there is a major cliffhanger that will leave you wanting the next book now!