Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet

Series Identifier: Lunar Chronicles book 2

Format: Book


  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Young Adult

Conversation Topic:

  • Alcohol/substance abuse
  • Betrayal
  • Consequences
  • Cultural Representation
  • Death
  • Difficult emotions
  • Family
  • Feeling alone
  • Finding Oneself/Identity Development
  • Moral dilemma
  • Problem Solving
  • Resilience
  • Rumors/gossip
  • Standing up for others
  • Strong female role models
  • Standing up for oneself
  • Trust
  • Sacrifice for others
  • Taking responsibility for one’s actions
  • Working with others

Relatable Experience:

  • Abuse
  • Acceptance
  • Alcohol/substance abuse
  • Bullying
  • Death
  • Fighting
  • Loss (other than death)
  • Moving
  • Single parent


  • Scarlet deals with a lot of betrayal, from Wolf, her alcoholic father, and from her grandmother, who she thought never kept secrets from her.
  • She is able to make the right decision and face what comes her way even when her world comes crashing down with confusion, secrets, death, and loss all around her.
  • She stands up for Cinder, who she’s never met, and voices her strong opinions.
  • Cinder still has difficulty dealing with who she is and being different, showing how it takes time to adapt to change.
  • “She wanted to scream to the world that it wasn’t her fault she was this way. She’d had nothing to do with it.”
  • Being judged by others can be painful, possible linkage to disability and race.
  • Z’s story shows how changing one’s thoughts about a situation can change behavior and attitude, and make the choice your own.
  • Book also provides discussion questions to think about the story more deeply.


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