Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “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? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s nationally bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.”
Review: In Winter, we are introduced to Marissa Meyer’s last heroine and final fairy-tale retelling. This time, she turns her attention to the story of Snow White, with the myriad of plot twists and alterations that fans of the Lunar Chronicles series have come to love. Out of the four titular heroines (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter), Winter may very well be my favorite. Having decided to stop using her Lunar powers of manipulation and mind-control at age thirteen, she is now racked with symptoms of the Lunar sickness: uncontrollable hallucinations and nightmares. Affectionately nicknamed “Crazy” by Scarlet and “Trouble” by Jacin, Winter quickly evolves into one of the series most lovable characters. This development occurs not in spite of her questionable lunacy, but rather because of it. Accompanying Winter is the exemplary cast of characters that series fans have come to love throughout the course of the previous three books. Cinder, Thorne, Cress, and Iko are in full force throughout Winter. My primary complaint with this final installment in the Lunar Chronicles series is that it just felt too long. At 823 pages, I can’t even begin to count the number of times that our intrepid group of nine was split up, rejoined, split again, escaped near-death situations, was lost and found, lost and found. It became tedious near the end of the novel. I can’t say which scenes I would specifically cut had I been in Meyer’s shoes, but it was a welcome relief to finally get to the epic series conclusion. Altogether, I think the Lunar Chronicles series is one of the best young adult fantasy/adventure series in a long time. My overall series rating would probably be 4 stars out of 5!