Winter by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #4
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends on November 10th 2015
Genre(s): Fantasy (YA), Science Fiction (YA)
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?
Winter is the 4th and final book in the Lunar Chronicles, this review will contain spoilers about the previous books.
Winter is the princess of Luna, Levana’s step-daughter, and (much to Levana’s extreme displeasure) unbelievably beautiful, despite the scars on her face (hmm gee, wonder where go those /sarcasm). She’s also totally crazy as a result of her refusing to use her gift of manipulation. And my crazy I mean, she has hallucinations of her fingers turning to ice and blood dripping down the walls. But she’s actually quite sweet and loved by all. Her smarts and her courage are hidden behind the crazy but occasionally they shine through.
Jacin, is Winter’s best friend and has been since childhood. He was in the previous book and honestly I don’t remember him that much, other than he traveled with Cinder and crew a bit and they didn’t feel as though they could trust him because he’s one of Levana’s guards but it’s clear he is only loyal to Winter and doesn’t give a damn about a revolution unless if affects Winter.
This book brings Winter and Jacin into Cinder’s quest for her crown. The fight moves from Earth to Luna, Cinder has snuck on to the planet to try and start the revolution. Of course, none of her plans go right and the team is separated. Levana always seems one step ahead of them and plan after plan fails. Wolfe, Scarlet, Cress, Thorne, Iko and Kai are all along for the ride. Scarlet still remains my favorite. Kai seems to have grown a spine, finally. He actually impresses me a few times in this book.
The trend with this series is that each book incorporates a new character but the story continues to be about all the characters how they tie in with the others. And that kind of worked for the other books but with Winter there is too much other and not a lot of Winter. Which is surprising considering it was over 800 pages (I’ll get to that later). He connection to Snow White is really only that she is ridiculously beautiful with a jealous stepmother that hires someone to kill her. The poisoned apple thing is so forced and felt like the author just stuck it in there for the connection.
The length of this was insane. 300-400 pages easily could have been cut and the story would have still made sense. The pacing was way off, lots of one step forward, two steps back stuff. It took me about a month to get through.
Since it is retelling of fairy tales, I’m pretty sure you can figure out how it ends. Overall, this book was meh. Sort of like the series, I was only super impressed by the second book but this series is still pretty decent retelling, unlike other’s I’ve read. If you are a diehard fairytale I suggest checking this one out.