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Winter Hardcover – November 10, 2015
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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 . . . Meyer's series has sold well and achieved a degree of acclaim. This conclusion's cinder-block size should only drum up further interest.” ―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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First of all, I loved this series. These books are well-written, engaging, and intensely interesting. Elements of all my favorite stories appear in The Lunar Chronicles: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, fairy tales, Hunger Games... awesome, awesome, awesome!
Winter was no disappointment. The dialogue in this book was better than all the rest, and all loose ends were tied up nicely. Winter herself is a wonderful character: sweet, beautiful, and crazy as hell!
However, I knocked .74 off the rating because I just couldn't 'feel' the ending that Meyer wrote. All four books were fabulous... and then, THAT ending?
Perhaps my expectations were too high.
That being said, this series should definitley be read. I feel myself slipping into a book-hole, thoroughly depressed that I have to part with these characters I have come to know, emapthize with, and love (well, I mostly just love Captain Thorne) over the past month.
*Sigh* I'll have to read Heartless now!
Things are better when her childhood friend and—let’s just cut to the chase—love Jacin is around. Since Jacin has been away lately on assignment for the Queen, Winter has become friendly with her new “pet” Scarlet who is kept in Lunar’s Menagerie.
Going through torture and being held captive has not been fun for Scarlet, but Winter’s kindheartedness and crazy company helps her get through. Things turn hopeful for Scarlet after Winter gets a message from Jacin stating that her friends—Wolf, Cinder, Cress, and Thorne—are coming for her.
Yes, it’s time. Although Cinder will never feel 100 percent ready for the task at hand, they can’t delay the inevitable any longer. It’s time to overthrow Levana and take her rightful place as the Queen of Luna.
The past couple of books in this series (Winter along with its predecessor Cress) have suffered slightly with the fact that the fairy-tale they have been tasked with retelling has kind of gotten overshadowed by the bigger picture. Therefore, I felt like Winter’s story itself was a bit pushed to the side, same as I thought with Cress’ story. I just really loved Winter. She leapt off the page as being so genuine in her feelings for her fellow Lunars, Scarlet (“Scarlet-friend”), and especially Jacin. Her “crazy” just made her even more endearing to me and I wish there had been some way that her character was able to be present throughout the entire series and not just featured in this last book.
It’s probably because of the whopping 800+ page length that I felt Winter had a bit more justice done in her story than Cress did in her own. There was plenty of space for everything to be included and as the book is divided into “Parts” each beginning of each part connects readers back to the tale of Snow White.
Now, as a whole, I have to say this has been one of the most satisfying conclusions to a series that I’ve read in awhile. On top of that, this has been a really strong and satisfying series in general over the course of four (five counting Fairest) books.
The way the book is structured (did you see the page count above?) just flowed along so nicely I never felt like it dragged. Marissa Meyer deftly wove each characters’ interactions together so well. It was rare that our main eight characters were all together at once, but they would be together in varying degrees throughout, and I loved seeing how they would be put together and pulled apart again. I knew the main points that Meyer had to hit based on things that have built up from Cinder and she hit all of them. But where I sat in wonder was the fact that she hit them in places where I didn’t quite expect; usually early on. Then I’d be sitting with the book thinking “well, where is she going next?” and I would always be so surprised with the different directions, and how they built up to the climax. This was definitely an emotional journey.
I think if you’ve read this series, it will be very difficult to finish Winter and not be satisfied with the ending. If you have yet to check this series out, what are you waiting for? It’s amazing! Go now!