Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published: November 10, 2015 by Feiwel and Friends
My copy: Hardcover, 824 pages
My rating: 4.75/5 stars
Summary: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? [Goodreads]
SPOILERS FOR CINDER, SCARLET, AND CRESS
I am so in love with the Lunar Chronicles (even though I’ve only been reading them since the beginning of March) and I haven’t even read Fairest or Stars Above, so I have those to look forward to in the future! I think that the reason I have so much love for this series is because of the characters. Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Kai, Wolf, Thorne, Jacin and Iko are one of my top gangs in books (I’m going to do a post about my favorite fictional friend groups later) because I adore their dynamic and how they still manage to have fun/be sarcastic while waging war, something I respect. Anyways, I loved Winter, not just because they were all in it, but because it was such an epic conclusion to the series.
Although this is a monster of a book (800+ pages) it didn’t feel that longer than the first three books because it was so fast-paced and exciting. The main group finally comes together to defeat Levana,which was really fun to read as they get used to each other and become friends while saving the universe. The war part of the book is intense, but somehow Marissa Meyer managed to keep it serious while not too dark, which kept me from getting too bored or overwhelmed with fighting scenes. The constant changes in narration are hard in the beginning, but I began to appreciate them when they kept me interested in the story.
“I can’t understand why no one ever listens to me.”
Scarlet glared, but there was no ire behind it. “You’re right, Winter. It’s a complete mystery.”
I was also super happy with the ending (everyone got a section to tie up their ending, which pleased me as one of those people who needs a full explanation of the ending) and while it didn’t tie up every end, it still made me feel really happy with the series as a whole. Also, I’m complete trash for all four of the main pairings in this series, so I was really pleased with how the author gave each one the time it deserved. I also loved the direct fairy tale tie-ins and basically every single thing about this book/series.
I’m hoping to read Stars Above and Fairest soon, but fr now, I’m going to reread my favorite parts of this book before starting my next read (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock). Sorry this was basically just me gushing about how good this book is, but I’m officially obsessed with TLC. Oops. Have you read Winter? If so, what are your thoughts on the book and the series as a whole? Let me know!