My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I read Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, it took me fifteen pages to realize that it was a fairytale retelling – and this with it stated on the back of the book. At least I started Sisters Red knowing it would be a retelling of a popular fairytale!
Where to begin with this novel? I enjoyed it a lot, though I was simply unable to give it the full five star rating that I think it could’ve gotten if it weren’t for one thing: Scarlett. The story revolves around two sisters, Scarlett and Rosie March who hunt Fenris (they are gross disgusting wolves — trust me on this one). Scarlett protected her sister years ago and was severely injured in the process, losing an eye and permanently marked with several large scars on her body. Cool backstory, very courageous — but we simply did not hear the end of it.
Numerous times did I put my book down for a few seconds because I simply wasn’t able to deal with Scarlett’s, well, whining. Sure, you think very low of yourself, and sure, you have insecurity issues in regards to other women in your life — but constantly being reminded of that, constantly shading your own sister and those around her? No. Scarlett’s attitude was what cranked this down to a solid four stars out of five — I wouldn’t have minded if we’d heard about her internal struggles every once in a while, but not a chapter went by without her bashing herself and/or others for what she or they lacked, in her eyes. Very bothersome. She was a fine character besides all that, which is why I found it so sad that something like sister bashing and constantly victimizing herself pulled her down.
On that note, I absolutely fell in love with Rosie March, probably from the very first page she was introduced. Rosie was carefree and a complete idiot, I might add, but she wasn’t clueless. She knew what was expected of her and was willing to sacrifice so much because she knew her sister had sacrificed so much for her so many years before. Rosie was incredibly selfless, even in the moments where others allowed her to be selfish for once. Her only concern was always how her sister felt in regards to anything and she really idolized her a lot, which I thought was beautiful to see. For me, up to the very last page of the book, Rosie was the real fighter.
Moving on to Silas — I’ll try to be brief but I’ll probably fail: I loved Silas. A lot. Again, like Rosie, he was someone I instantly felt connected to and he never bothered me. In fact, Silas was the one to often bring out the giggles in me, as him and Rosie were quite the sarcastic little shits (if I may say so). Silas was also the one who was able to bring tears to my eyes towards the end of the book, which is always a good sign. If the words make you cry, you know they’ve done well!
Not much else to say aside from that Jackson Pearce’s writing style was very pleasing to read, not too complicated or boring but upbeat and just a very enjoyable read. The words flowed easily and dialogue was written in such a way that it came off as believable, which made it easier to imagine being said.
I will definitely be picking up the remainder of the series as soon as I can, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.