Rating – 4.5 out of 5
The final installment of the Lunar Chronicles, Winter by Marissa Meyer, brings the conflict to a head… and to the moon! As tensions are rising with Queen Levana as she keeps Kai and most of the earth’s royalty hostage for a wedding that has been a long time coming. As Cinder and the crew are looking for a way to stop her from becoming empress, help comes from unexpected places. Winter, Levana’s niece, becomes an ally to the cause and together they try to undo Levana’s claim on Luna. Will they succeed an put Cinder on the throne?
“She would be brave. She would be heroic. She would make her own destiny.
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Why I liked Winter by Marissa Meyer
The characters in this series will have a small place in my heart for a while. Honestly, the characters were one of the reasons that kept me reading this series through the four books. Captain Thorne is such a heartbreaker. Cinder so wise and scrappy. Iko is still my favorite robot. Kai has such a good sense of humor. In fact all of them do. I laughed out loud at so many points while reading these books. That in and of itself is incredibly valuable.
I could iterate again about how well Meyer folds the fairy tales elements into the plot but after 3 other books that seems obvious. What I will say about this books was that it gave a fitting ending to this saga. While I felt that it was a little bit longer that I would like, the book was good. It allowed for closure of the many different plot lines. There were many different stories being told in one here, like an ensemble cast that had many main characters. I appreciated how Meyer gave time to all of them.
The one thing I would have liked to see more of was details on the conspiracies that Levana was perpetrating. Some of what she was doing was truly horrific but I didn’t feel that the books really sat with that. Where this book did excel was showing the sacrifice that the characters personally made. Some of these scenes (no spoilers!) pulled at the heartstrings, especially in Winter. I was moved to tears at places because I cared for the crew. Like old friends that I must part with, I will miss these characters now that I have read all of these books.
Also, send me all of the fan art – I’m loving see all of these characters drawn!
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