Winter by Marissa Meyer
Winter was everything I wanted it to be. It was the perfect series ender. There was tension and love, sadness and happiness. Everything seemed so perfectly balanced. I sped through 800+ pages in a little over two days and when I was finished, I wanted to read it all again. The entire series. I am a #LunarticForLife.
What I find most amazing about this final book is that all the characters were given somewhat equal time. Everyone, from Cinder to Torin, is brought together in this final book. The storyline isn’t muddled. Everyone still maintains their own voice, their own thoughts, their own personalities. I was amazed. Floored that someone wasn’t shuttled to corner and left out. Everyone played a part in the Revolution.
I did read the book with a bit of a heavy heart. I started it on the Friday night of the Paris attacks. As the news of the terror was broadcast, I was reading about Earth being attacked by mutant wolves and how Earth wasn’t prepared for war because they had been at peace for so long. What a beautiful dream, right? As a diverse cast of characters fought to save their respective homelands from a vicious ruler, I couldn’t help but be hopeful that perhaps someday, like in Winter, we could work together to destroy those who terrorize us.
My copy of Winter is studded with post-its marking my favorite quotes. In fact, I considered making my review a list of my favorite quotes and the text, “I LOVED IT! READ IT NOW!” However, I thought perhaps my fans would want a bit more detail on why Winter is worth reading. This series sits near the top of my list of fairy tale retellings. The women are strong. The storyline is compelling. The world (as is the case with strong science fiction and fantasy) is a reflection of our own. I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to read this entire series again once I acquire all the books. (Note to my family and friends who are still out Christmas shopping, I need Cinder and Scarlet in hardcover yet.)
If you haven’t attempted to read The Lunar Chronicles yet, I encourage you to do so. Don’t let your fear of trying science fiction scare you away from these books. I’m almost certain that once you finish Cinder you will see a reflection of yourself in the key players in this story and want to continue on to the bittersweet end.
The Quick Book Review
WinterAuthor: Marissa Meyer
Published on: November 10, 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Genres: fairy tales & folklore, science fiction, fantasy, young adult
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My Rating: four-stars
Also in this series: Cress, Fairest