Winter by Marissa Meyer, a Book review
Anticipation is a mild word for how I felt about the release of Winter, Marissa Meyer’s last book in her Lunar Chronicle’s series. I’m a proud fan of YA fiction, especially fantasy and sci-fi fiction, which Meyer embraces to the fullest. Meyer’s love of classic fairy tales, steam punk and anime may clash with her sweet face, but she has been a fan girl since she was a young kid begging someone to driver her to comic-con.
The Lunar Chronicles, which include Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, The Fairest (a prequel about the evil queen Levana), and now Winter, have brought me to over Japan, into China, through the streets of Paris and across the desert in Africa. Finally we head to the moon in the final chapter of this series.
Meyer has done her homework with every location she has set her characters into, but when it comes to the moon, really the sky is the limit and she takes full advantage, creating an impressive world filled with biodomes, moon rock and a sunrise we could never image.
I met Meyer back when we both worked in publishing in Seattle. She was my go-to source for new books to read. I was always asking her for a new list to add to my library queue. She read the Hunger Games before most people even knew about it. Little did many of us in the office know that she was working on a novel that would soon explode into a series teenage girls (and their moms and mom’s friends) would be swarming to get their hands on. Last night while roaming through Facebook I saw a photo of the line that had formed to get a wristband for the release of the books at a book store. I haven’t seen a line at a book store since Harry Potter books were hitting bookshelves. I didn’t even know there were series that could still draw in that much of an audience.
Needless to say, this excitement is not ill-founded. Since picking up Cinder, the first book in the series, I have loved these characters. The premise of the series is a retelling of classic fairy tales, set in a future world that had recovered from World War IV. Humans had colonized the moon, but side effects had occurred, giving “Lunars” gifts that could manipulate the bioelectricity of a person and bend them to your will. Not exactly the thing you want when world leaders and an insane queen are involved.
The final book in this series is the culmination of Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (little Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel) and Winter’s (Snow White) stories, which don’t always put the men in a “knight in shining armor” role and show that women may be the salvation needed to bring together a planet and its moon.
Without giving too much away, Winter will bring together all of your favorite characters, their strongest personality traits, the passionate kisses that are always way too short, and more mutant soldiers that you can’t decide if you love or hate from chapter to chapter. Just when you think Cinder and her friends are in for it, the book will take another turn. My biggest questions as I dove into this book when it released– Will our four heroines all have a happy ending? Will Cinder and Kai be able to find true love at last despite all of the prejudice against her? Will Wolf find Scarlet and have a tomato again? Does Thorne get his act together or will Cress have to bash him over the head with a port screen? Is Winter really as insane as she is leading us to believe? You may just have to read it to find out.
Publisher’s 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 national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
Title: Winter (Book 4 of the Lunar Chronicles series)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (1st Edition)
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 832 pages
For ages: 12+
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