Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: Puffin Books, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Science Fiction
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
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4.5 out of 5 stars
Winter is the beloved princess of Luna, a princess unable to claim the throne but one still feared by her evil stepmother, Queen Levana. Often underestimated because of her mental instabilities, Winter proves she is capable of much more than some people give her credit for. Along with her new friends and long lost cousin Cinder, Princess Selene, she fights to bring down Queen Levana once and for all.
This is a BIG book. I mean, seriously, have you seen the size of it? I love it! “I like big books and I cannot lie”. There’s not too much to say other than I loved this ending to ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ series. There was only one, nit-picky, thing that I noticed and that was there were many POVs. In the beginning I think this maybe prevented me from being fully immersed in the book, but overall it worked really well.
Prepare now for a list of the reasons why I loved Winter.
- Winter: The more we get to know Winter the more I like her. You come to see how incredibly sweet she is; she is always thinking of others. And it was nice to see her interactions with Jacin.
- Humour: From Cinders’ sarcasm to Thornes’ and Ikos’ hilarious humour, you can’t help but laugh.
“See that eye roll? It translates to ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off you, Captain?'”
“Yeah, keeping them from strangling you.”
- Friendship: There are moments in the book where you will gasp and if you are like me will find yourself muttering, “No. No. No” but what really brought tears to my eyes was the beautiful friendship and love between characters. Iko’s dedication to Cinder is beyond admirable and just plain beautiful. The friendship between the group was so touching and Cress even managed to win over Jacin, a little, of all people.
- Personality: Even though there are many characters, each one of their personalities shone through.
- The villain: I despise Levana so it seems odd that I would include her in my list, but included she is because of how well written she is.
I closed the final page of Winter happy with the way it ended but also filled with a sadness because I won’t get to read about these characters lives anymore. Great characters – great writers – make you feel this way: even though you have finished reading, you feel as though their lives are still going on. I am reminded of Rainbow Rowells’ author note at the end of Eleanor and Park where she speaks about how she imagines the characters living on and that it is just this one adventure which has come to an end. This is how I feel: I can imagine Cinder and co. living their lives – we just don’t get to read about it. So very bittersweet.