I know many of you are eager to read the next book by Marissa Meyer after enjoying her Cinder this past winter/spring. Well, I was surprised last week when USA Today shared the cover reveal and an excerpt for the book. In July 2012. For a February 2013 release. For a fairy tale retelling. I know this is one of the most successful fairy tale novels so far this year, but that's hype, folks. Yay for Meyer's publicist, publisher, agent, whoever finangled this.
From the article, Cover reveal, excerpt and interview: 'Scarlet' by Marissa Meyer:
Due out in early 2013 from Macmillan, Scarlet is the second book in Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles young-adult series. Cinder reappears in the next futuristic tweaking of a familiar fairy tale — as does Prince Kai, the evil lunar ruler Queen Levana, and a heap of intergalactic intrigue.Don't forget there is also an excerpt if you are interested. So far the book is only listed on Amazon as an audio book, the paper and ebook versions aren't listed yet. And if you haven't read Cinder yet, why not? It's a fresh take on the fairy tale, a nice change from the high fantasy and horror versions that are dominating right now. I like those, don't get me wrong, but Cinder is different and when you deal with as many fairy tales as I do, well done different takes on fairy tales are charming and refreshing and stand out in the crowd.
Debuting in the new book, however, is Scarlet Benoit, a young French woman who enlists the services of a street fighter named Wolf when she finds her grandmother, a former military pilot, gone missing.
Two more fairy-tale fantasies will follow Scarlet, including Cress (2014), Meyer's take on the Rapunzel legend, and the Snow White-inspired conclusion, Winter (2015).