Scarlet is looking to free the hundreds of young women under her Grandmother’ s thumb. As she advances in age her rule grows tyrannical and people begin to disappear. It’s only a matter of time before she begins to take them out one by one, and Scarlet will see the outcome change, or die trying. Hell bent on killing all who oppose her, Grandma sends Scarlet out into the infested hot zone for medicine hoping she’ll be killed. While I admired her strength and nobility, Scarlet came across as hard to believe at times, petite, yet incredibly skilled, smart , despite her isolation from modern society and up to par with military trained men, she felt over the top. The fast paced story and lack of background made it hard for me to make a true connection, and I couldn’t become as invested as I would have liked. I think the story would’ve benefited from more length, or less happening. What Scarlet ends up finding in her search for medicine is Marcus. An agent of a covert government operation , responsible for rebuilding civilization. The properly titled. WOLF, has been seeking out WITCH for years. The strong, intelligent, and witty man is easy to like. But the love that sprung up between them was a tough pill to swallow.
I loved the twist Ms. Quan put on the fairytales. For that reason I gave this a 4 but with bit more length, and further character development it easily could have been a five.