Scarlet - Holland Roden (MY FIERY AWESOME SCARLET)
Cress - Annasophia Robb (MY ONE AND ONLY CRESS)
Prince Kai - Harry Shum Jr. (YESSSS)
Wolf - Tyler Hoechlin (Not my real fancast, just the easiest actor to use. I had clips of him from the Holland Roden stuff I dowloaded. For the time being, I prefer Avan Jogia.)
Thorne - Jensen Ackles (close, but too old)
Jacin - Jake Abel (YEEEES)
Escort Droid Iko - Freema Agyeman (I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYONE BUT HER)
Queen Levana - Morena Baccarin (LOVE HER)
Sybil - Diane Kruger (Nope, I wanted Salma Hayek, but couldn’t find any decent clips of her. Since making this video, I’d actually fancast Melissa Fumero or Hannah Simone)
Dr. Erland - Harrison Ford (I just happened to have clips that fit)
I wish I could have included a Winter sneak peek but I’m rather conflicted about fancasting her and haven’t found the perfect actress yet. For now I like Nathalie Emmanuel, but mostly just because that’s who Meyer fancasted.
Oh man. I thought that Cinder was good, but I just absolutely loved Scarlet.
Scarlet picks up immediately after Cinder ends, but we’ve shifted to another narrator, the titular Scarlet Benoit. Scarlet has a simple and happy life working with her grandmother on their farm in Southern France. But then her grandmother goes missing and the police aren’t investigating as well as they should.
A handsome stranger/street fighter named Wolf shows up at one of Scarlet’s deliveries. He’s the classic dark, tall, and handsome, and he and Scarlet and inexplicably drawn to each other.
Meyer takes the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood and twists it to fold very nicely into The Lunar Chronicles universe. Scarlet is feisty and smart, and even though you can guess how her relationship with Wolf will play out, it’s still a joy to read.
[Spoilers] You also get to keep tabs on what Cinder is up to and her story progresses along with Scarlet’s. However, I found her storyline to be significantly less engaging than Scarlet’s and I got frustrated when there were more than two Cinder-narrated chapters in a row. I would’ve liked to see them spaced out more or cut down.
Overall, though, I like how Meyer keeps building her universe and seeing how the Lunars affect all corners of the Earth. Scarlet (of course) has a tie to Cinder, but it works well in the story.
I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fairy tales, sci-fi/fantasy, or compelling YA series. If you read Cinder and didn’t care for it, I suggest reading this book before abandoning the series.
I gave it a 5/5 on my Goodreads account which translates to “It was amazing.”
The Lunar Chronicles gets better and better with the latest installment of the series, Cress. Cress is the retelling of Repunzel, but instead of a tower, she is stuck in a satellite at the mercy of her mistress and the Queen of Luna. She has made an appearance in the first book, Cinder, but now we get to explore her character a lot more.
Cinder and Thorne, still the galaxy’s most wanted criminals, are on board the Rampion, with Scarlet and Wolf, on a mission to stop Queen Levana and dethrone her. Meanwhile, Cress, stuck in total isolation in her satellite, is constantly ordered around by the Queen herself to be her personal hacker. Cress longs for escape and comes across the path of Cinder and her gang, but things don’t go exactly as planned.
I am not very familiar with the actual fairy tale of Rapunzel, aside from the knowledge taken from Disney’s Tangled. Meyer seems to have loosely based Cress’s story around what everyone should know about Repunzel: long hair, and unreachable tower, and a dashing hero that comes to save her. Since that was all I knew about Rapunzel I was pleasantly surprised to see how the story played out for Cress and how it still stuck to the general aspect of the fairy tale.
Marissa Meyer never fails to create characters I love. Not only did I miss all the old characters but I love the new ones as well. I can never seem to pick just one favorite because Meyer just has a way with characters that makes me adore all of them, no matter how crazy they are. The dynamics of the characters just continue to grow and I can wait to see where they will be at the end of the series.
Just like in Scarlet, an additional character point of view kept up the fast pace of the story. The whole story so far has been interconnected and definitely has an ending that leads up to a possibly epic finale in Winter, which I absolutely cannot wait for! The bar is set pretty high for the final installment of The Lunar Chronicles but I have no doubt that Meyer will give us a finale worth waiting for.