By a strange coincidence, I started playing The Wolf Among Us after I began reading Scarlet, the second of the Lunar Chronicles trilogy, so I ended up being entertained by two modernized interpretations of the big bad wolf. In The Wolf Among Us, Red only gets a passing mention, while in Scarlet, she’s one of the stars. I think because of that, Scarlet ends up being the stronger of the two interpretations.
Scarlet builds on Cinder, and so chapters bounce between Linh Cinder and the new characters. While Cinder tries to keep ahead of the police and the military with the help of a new ally, Captain Thorne, a space pilot who deserted and stole a gigantic cargo ship, Scarlet Benoit is just starting on her own journey to locate her missing grandmother Michelle, who is also a former military pilot, and who vanishes only a few weeks before the start of the story. Already the police have given up the case, but Scarlet finds a possible lead in a street fighter named Wolf. He agrees to help her, and they set off with several Lunar agents on their tails.
Eventually all these characters meet up, but in between, Scarlet learns several things about Wolf that make it hard to trust him. Despite this, she also feels drawn to him, just as he is drawn to her. This was for me the best part of the story, the conflict and tension between Scarlet and Wolf. Cinder’s journey with Captain Thorne is certainly entertaining, but at times their chapters almost feel like padding between Scarlet and Wolf’s. I’d reach a point where the narration switched characters and felt frustrated because it was getting away from the good stuff. Continue reading