Published November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends.
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? (Goodreads)
Ah the long awaited conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer….
I read the first book of the series, Cinder last September. It quickly became one of if not my favorite series. I followed up with Scarlet, then Cress, Fairest and now I have completed the series by reading Winter. I know a lot of people love this series and I think that’s due to the amazing characterization of the characters. I have said hundreds of times that Marissa Meyer is the master of creating characters. I stand by that still to this day. I realize I am in the minority when I say this, but Scarlet and Wolf are definitely my favorites. The excitement leading up to the release was unreal. Thanks to my amazing #otspsecretsister, Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads I had the conclusion in my hands on release day. It was such an awesome surprise!
I’ll start by saying from reading the other books of the series I knew I would get at least a couple of new main characters. Winter is obviously the female lead and the male lead (if there is one) would be Jacin. I truly loved each of these characters. As with the rest of the cast they are so important to the story and add an additional layer that fits perfectly into the series. There is not one character throughout this series that seems worthless or pointless. Everyone has their own story and it’s pretty magical watching Meyer weave the complete story and plot together. Winter as a book is a fairy tale re-telling of Snow White. Just as Snow White was good, innocent, and sweet so was Winter the character. Jacin played the role of huntsman but also of course the love interest. This series concentrates on the female leads for the majority, but I can’t stop thinking how interesting it would be to have each book told from the males perspective. Take note Meyer: I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THAT!
My entire experience with Winter goes something like this:
Oh man I wish they didn’t do that.
Oh but I know why they did it.
To start the pages were so thin, almost transparent. It has been compared to the pages of a bible. I don’t think they were quite that thin but definitely close. I wish they didn’t do that, but I do understand why the decision was most likely made. If they didn’t cut down on the thickness of the pages the book probably would have given me wrist cramps for days possibly weeks.
While the characters shined, as they always do in The Lunar Chronicles, the world building was very blah and slowed the plot down quite a bit. All of the other stories have been set on Earth. So while they didn’t explore too much world building over the course of several books you were able to get a sense of the environment. Winter is the first book that takes place on Luna and for that reason a lot did have to be explained. Luna reminded me of Panem from The Hunger Games (different secluded sectors, monorail system, etc.) I hate comparing the two, but I am not the only one that has noticed the similarities. I did enjoy the fairy tale elements woven within the story.
While most readers felt the plot was non-stop action, I felt the world building, multiple points of view, and extreme amounts of strategy bringing the action to a grinding halt. I am not complaining about the multiple points of view, because this is something else that Meyers does really well. The story flows from one story line to another seamlessly. My biggest complaint was all the strategy. There was so much of it and once the final battle finally started what happened left me bored. I didn’t want to believe the entire series led to that moment. I wanted more.
As to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t read it yet I will leave you with this… I am happy about the individual stories of each character by the end of Winter, but I just wanted more! I wanted more romance. Everyone has their #OTP of the series and of course mine is Scarlet and Wolf. Lucky for me I enjoyed their ending best of all. The rest I felt didn’t get the ending they deserved. I’ve been conflicted on my final rating of the book. One of two things should have happened. #1 Split the story as it was written into two books or #2 (the better choice) edit the book down by about half.
COMING SOON — FEBRUARY 2016
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?
With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a young Winter and Jacin playing a game called the Princess and the Guard…
The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…
These stories have me over the moon! Are you as excited as I am about Stars Above?