Series: Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: November 10th 2015
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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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?
It’s hard to review the final book in a series without giving away spoilers so I won’t go into too many details, but I will say that Marissa Meyer exceeded every single one of my expectations! Her smooth way of weaving together intricate story lines is just mind blowing. Although there is so much going on, there’s never any confusion in the plot and Meyer’s writing so easily plays out in your mind like a movie. This entire series was filled with heart stopping moments and Winter was definitely no exception.
Throughout Winter the crew is split up into different groups and although I loved keeping up with them all, my favorite duo was Scarlet and Winter! Their characters are just so polar opposite with Scarlet being rough and no nonsense while Winter is all fluff and bleeding walls. (lol you should get that reference if you’ve read Cress) Somehow, them being so different is what makes the two work! I was pleasantly surprised to get quite a few laughs from the unlikely pair.
Nobody can question Marissa Meyer‘s talent when it comes to character development. Most books/series will have the reader rooting for 1-3 people, but Meyer manages to make you feel 100% connected to 9+ characters! That is just not something remotely easy to accomplish. It’s crazy to think that a cyborg, an emperor, a farmer, an android, and a mutated half-wolf-half-man (just to name a few) can all be part of one epic series! Every single one of these characters came such a long way!
It’s impossible to pick just one favorite character overall, but in this final book we get to really see Cinder shine. She is learning to lead and feel comfortable with who she really is. The girl we all grew to love from Cinder shows us just how far she’s come and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more proud! As I was nearing the end of Winter, it teared me up a little to see her “all grown up” and ready to take her rightful place. I wanted her to get a happy ending above all.
This series completely sneaked up on me. I knew early on that I was really enjoying it, but I don’t know the moment it skyrocketed to the top of my favorite’s list! All I know is that I couldn’t sleep the night of November 9th just knowing I would have Winter in my hands the next day. It’s filled with such a diverse group of memorable characters that I know I’ll constantly think back on. It’s sad to see the this story reach it’s final destination, but I look forward to revisiting it many times in the future!
“And they all lived happily to the end of their days.”