Series: The Lunar Chronicles,
Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 10th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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?
Author Melissa Meyer’s long-awaited conclusion to her popular The Lunar Chronicles series was finally released this month, and it was everything I hoped it would be. Winter gives readers more insight into the titular character who has been very important from the beginning, but not as well fleshed out. The novel picks up right after the third book, and readers learn more about Selene’s (Cinder’s) little cousin and childhood best friend. We get a glimpse at what Lunar sickness is and how it destroys the mind. Readers also see how different Winter is from the other Lunars at court, and why Jacin was willing to betray Cinder.
“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”
Like all of the previous novels, Winter is a fairy tale retelling, and Meyer provides readers with a fantastic futuristic Snow White. Winter’s presence has permeated the story from the very beginning when we first meet Jacin, and learn of his devotion to the princess. I found her to be endearing, and further proof of Levana’s tyranny. Despite everything that’s happened to her, Winter still struggles to remain good in a world that would seek to destroy her and make her conform to society’s twisted standard of perfection.
Winter: “I fear tomorrow will be even more difficult for you, Sir Clay. Do try to think of me when you can.”
Jacin: “Try, Princess?” He smirked, meeting her gaze again. “I can’t seem to think of much else.”
Aside from Winter and Jacin, readers also get more of the other beloved characters in the series. When we left off, Scarlet was being held prisoner on Luna as Winter’s pet. Jacin was captured by Levana’s henchmen, while Cinder & Co. had kidnapped Emperor Kai. The series concludes with lots of space action, but focus more of its attention on Luna. I loved the descriptions of the Lunar kingdom, and how it was colonized. If you think Levana is horrible, then you have to get a look at her countrymen. They’re all horrid! Well… mostly.
What I liked most about Winter, was how the series didn’t wrap everything up too neatly. Everyone ends up how they should, but that doesn’t mean Meyer provides fan service by making everything “perfect.” Each of the characters stayed true to who we’ve come to know, and for that I’m grateful. While I’ll miss these great characters, and the spectacular world they inhabit, I’m satisfied with how everything resolved. Like the other books in this series, I would recommend this novel to fans of science fiction, fantasy, and fairy tales. There is romance involved, but the characters have bigger concerns then who’ll they’ll end up with. I also really loved the strong female characters, and how they each fell for different types of men. It’s not bad boys rule for each of them. They also give nice guys a chance.