Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: November 10th 2015
5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”
Cinder and her friends are determined to take down Levana to save Earth and Luna from her tyranny. Princess Winter is Levana’s beautiful step-daughter, well loved by all except Levana herself. Winter’s life is a series of torturous moments and it’s driven her more than a little mad. With Winter – Cinder, Scarlet and Cress might actually have a chance to win the revolution they’ve been planning for.
As a final book in a series Winter certainly goes above and beyond expectations. At a massive 824 pages readers get all they hoped for and more.
Despite the length, it feels like a light read. I never once felt bogged down by the number of pages. Meyer’s writing style is action packed – and it’s easy to find yourself 100 pages deeper before you realize what’s happening. It did suffer a bit from the main characters fighting for page time – the book felt less about Winter than one would assume from the time – but overall it excelled at finishing all the stories readers were dying to hear.
To be honest there are a couple of things I didn’t like about the series. Levana’s appearance playing a big role in her downfall was disappointing. She was evil to the core but it’s her unattractive physical appearance that they tear her down for? I also wasn’t a huge fan of each of the main characters finding true love – but this is a fairy tale. All fairy tales end when the princess finds her prince, so while it was a little cheesy it definitely stayed in the spirit of the story. Winter’s role as the Snow White character is definitely well-done – even if it feels the loosest. The other girls seem to share far more elements with their original stories but Winter is a joy all on her own.
As a character Winter is complex; she’s not strong but she’s one of the most powerful weapons to use against Levana. Shes got some mental instabilities but crazy doesn’t mean evil. She’s constantly struggling to be good, to not become like her aunt and it’s satisfying to see her succeed when she does. Scarlet and Cinder are tough, they’re fighters – but I find it much easier to connect with Cress and Winter who can’t fight, but do their best anyways.
Many series end with disappointment. This is not the case with The Lunar Chronicles. It doesn’t feel rushed or cheap; Winter is the happily ever after readers deserve.