Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: 10th November 2015
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Summary: 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.
*This review contains spoiler for earlier books in the series!
Winter is the conclusion to the wonderful Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and it did not disappoint! There are so many aspects of this book, and this series, which I adored. If you loved the rest of this series, then I can assure you that you’ll love this one also.
In this book, we’re properly introduced to Winter, Levana’s stepdaughter who’s stunningly beautiful and well loved by the public, despite the scars on her face. She’s an interesting character who highlights how much mental damage is done by Lunar’s not using their gifts for extended periods of time and she’s a welcome newcomer to the cast. I love how over the course of this series we’ve been introduced to so many new characters, all of which have built on the excitement of this adventure. And even though there are characters, such as Winter, who we haven’t known as long as some of the others, they still feel familiar and developed.
My favourite character is still easily Captain Thorne, who provides humour in some of the more serious moments of this story. But I like how all the characters make great use of sarcasm in this story, which is something I really appreciate. I love all the close relationships in this novel and I think it’s great that this story highlights the importance of friendship and doesn’t just focus on romance.
“But broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”
The majority of this book takes place on Lunar so we finally get to learn more about life for the people who live there, which is something I’ve been anticipating since starting this series. Along with this we also get more of an insight into Levana’s character, who I still very much despite, but it was nice knowing more about her past.
The plot itself was intense and action-packed with high stakes from the get go. Even if the conclusion was a bit predictable, I think Marissa Meyer did a lovely job of getting there. Her writing is so addictive and easy to read, ensuring it’s not difficult to feel involved in the crazy antics going on. This story was a ride but there’s still a part of me that feels that this book could’ve been condensed slightly, especially in the middle of the story when things seemed to slow down.
Nevertheless, this was a satisfying ending to an amazing series. The length of this book can be intimidating but once you get lost in this world it’s easy to fly through. This is now one of my favourite series I’ve ever read. And with a close-knit cast of characters and a unique fairytale based plot, how could I not love it?