Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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wint_synPrincess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark 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.

wint_revWinter is what every finale to a series should be. Epic battles, romance, and the climax that fans of the series have been waiting for.

The plot was brilliant. The crew’s plan falls apart almost immediately, and the whole book is their backup plans failing over and over and over again – it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

And that final fight? I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

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As always, Meyer’s characters were her stars. Their interactions, their dialogue, their relationships were so well done I simply read in awe. And yes, while the romantic relationships are spectacular, I have to focus on the friendships here. Iko and Cinder, Scarlet and Winter, Thorne and Kai, Jacin and Cress, Wolf and Cress—they are all bound to one another now. And I adore the way that they care for each other, support each other, and yet can poke fun at each other. Plus, everyone (even Kai) is badass in their own way.

We’ve got nine leads to juggle through so I won’t discuss all of them here. But I want to focus on three in particular: Winter, Jacin, and Iko.

Winter’s voice and character are so well done. Meyer perfectly portrays a young woman who is clever, naive, and just plain insane. Jacin, on the other end of the spectrum, is a young man struggling to keep his emotions in check and his princess safe. He’s very serious and straightforward, and therefore he complements Winter well.

Iko. Iko, with her emotions, her loyalty and her way of blurring the line between human and machine really struck a chord with me.

Meyer’s writing is much more graphic than it has been in previous novels, and that’s saying a lot considering the endings of Scarlet and Cress. Granted, we are in the middle of a war, but everything felt much more visceral in this book. And I like how sensory that is, it really impresses the brutality of Luna and of war.

Another great thing about Meyer’s writing in Winter is how well balanced the story is. She has to develop two brand new characters, while maintaining and developing previous characters and relationships, and cover a wedding, a coronation, and a revolution in the scope of 800 pages. And I have to say it’s done rather well, as people’s character come out through their actions and reactions.

Coming to why I gave only four stars to such a perfect book. have three small issues with the book. One is that there are a few scenes I wish Meyer had either cut out or elaborated. In the book, a scene would feel like it was going on for too long, or a problem solved just a little too quickly. I forgive this because there are a lot of character point of views to choose from, and my critique stems from a simple desire to have a scene from another person’s perspective.

My other critique is that there was (and don’t hurt me) a little too much kissing. And yes, there are four OTPs to get through and so there’s lots of romantic plot to go around. And for the most part, Meyer really balances the romance with the action. But sometimes it’s more awkward than sweet.

Finally, there is the issue with the adaptation of Snow White, which was very good in the first half, too literal in the middle, and then good again in the end. Compared to Scarlet and Cress, the fairy tale adaptation was a little heavy handed.

But other than these three things, I adore this finale a lot. The ending was more than satisfying, and nearly everything I expected was addressed. Between great characters, an amazing plot, and balanced storytelling, I can’t help but love the final book of The Lunar Chronicles.

Did you guys enjoy the series as much as I did? What are your thoughts?

shameeka

 

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