- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 800 (What's this?)
- Series: Lunar (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 832 pages
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (November 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780312642983
- ISBN-13: 978-0312642983
- ASIN: 0312642989
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,537 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“In this final book in the Lunar Chronicles, the stepdaughter of the wicked Queen Levana joins Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress to defeat the Queen and restore Cinder―aka Selene―as the rightful ruler of Luna. Yes, it's another one of Meyer's very fractured fairy tales, in which she offers a new amalgam of Grimm's fairy tales, science fiction, violence, women's lib, and romance. Our Snow White stand-in, Winter, is beautiful in spite of facial scars, kind to all she encounters, mentally fragile, and in love with her lowly guard, Jacin . . . " ―Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Marissa Meyer is the USA Today- and New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and Fairest: Levana's Story. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband.
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Full Review: Alright. This book took me almost a month to rate or even review. I had many mixed feelings about this book after finishing it and I still feel like I’m sorting through them. I wanted to love the wrap up to this series after seeing so many glowing reviews online, but I got stuck. There were a lot of things I liked. For instance, the action and adventure in this series has always sucked me in. I feel like I can really visualize what is going on and Meyer has always given me a complete picture of this futuristic world. I ship all the ship especially the friendships and felt very satisfied with the conclusion of this story. However, I did have a few problems.
The fairytale interpretations throughout this series have been innovative and this installment is spot on as well. I love the elements of the Snow White fairytale we saw and the futuristic twist to the classic story too. However, there were a few points where scenes felt forced into the story to accommodate more parts of the fairytale. In some ways this story has become completely independent of the original stories so I found it a bit disruptive to be reminded this was a retelling. However, I felt very similarly at the end of Cinder and upon reread found it worked better for me.
My other issue with this book was the main couple. I had a really hard time with Jacin and Winter at first. There was so much character development and progress in Cress. I was already in the middle of so many stories and character arcs I had a hard time starting two new ones. Eventually I did like both of them and found their stories interesting. Plus Winter and Scarlet's friendship was a really interesting dynamic. I love Scarlet so as she and Winter spent more time together, I warmed up to Winter.
Like I mentioned though, the wrap up was well done. I liked the ending and how fast-paced and thrilling the conclusion was. There is a lot of drama and excitement in this wrap up. It is a long book so be prepared for emotional upheaval and lots of action. I was pleased about a lot of the decisions Meyer made for her characters and how the story panned out. I was satisfied with the conclusion of the story.
The series is wonderful. Marissa Meyer's has all the attributes of a great writer. Good writing style, interesting stories and characters (even when she's borrowing some famous ones). Actually I should point out that these characters in particular are both flawed and perfect in their own ways. Perhaps because you go in with a preconceived notion given you've always known at least one version of their stories.
I think what really helps Meyer's stand out though is her brilliant plots. The plots are never quite what you think they'll be -- somehow they're more clever, more elaborate and intense then you expected. I found that to be especially true of Winter.
Cinder, Scarlet and Cress introduce us to the respective characters and build up to an explosive conclusion to the series. The main books are those 4. Fairest of Them All is a companion book that offers Levana's (evil stepmother to Winter) and Stars Above - a set of short stories that take place after Winter.
The Lunar Chronicles is delightful, tragic, and remarkable.
You really feel for the characters, and the story building is fantastic. Marissa Meyers thinks of every angle and does not miss anything. This is a heart wrenching book. The characters in this book do not get their happily ever after easily they must earn it, and they do! Anything that could go wrong does go wrong for your favorite characters.
Each character has there own characteristics and all of them are so much different from each other. Winter for some reason reminded me of Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, her airiness attitude and the way she sees things that others don't. Thorne's great sense of humor even in a tough situation. Cress is shy and bashful but determine to be a Hero. Scarlet is fierce and stubborn. Cinder is determined and a leader. They are all great! I loved reading about all of them.
This book is very gruesome in parts, there is a lot of fighting and ever single character gets hurt some way in the book. But, the book winds down nicely at the end and everything is pieced together nicely. But I will miss reading about these character.