Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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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?
For a series ender, Winter was actually pretty good! I rarely love series finales because I tend to have such high hopes and then they fall flat. Winter, however, was good. Not amazing, but still. I’ll take what I can get.
First thing’s first, Winter is our new heroine and she’s black. YES TO DIVERSITY AND AWESOMENESS. This goes to show that excuses such as “(S)he’s white in the original and so (s)he has to be white in this remake!” are a load of bollocks. Don’t even try.
Winter is a huge book. Like, 800 pages long. And for an 800 page book, it was surprisingly lacking in slow moments. Sure, the characters spent a lot of time running backwards and forwards around the moon, but there aren’t any dull moments. There’s action from the start, and there are so many moments where you’re like “the book should end here, surely?!” and then something else happens and messes things up or throws something else into the works.
Scarlet is my FAAAAAAVE and I’m so glad we got to see so much of her in this one. She’s slightly traumatised by what happened to her, but she’s the baddest mofo and I adore her. Her relationship with Wolf? Not so much. But whatever, apparently I have a problem with canon in this series because I ship literally none of them.
Speaking of ships, Cinder and Thorne continue to be the best ship ever. Their moments in this book were EVERYTHING. Not as great as their reunion in Cress, but I still got the feels. Even if Meyer tried to tone down the chemistry. It didn’t work so well.
And I’m still so pissed off about Cress and Thorne. I really don’t think Cress should be with anyone considering she has been trapped on a shuttle for the majority of her life and she doesn’t really know anything about anything. I think she should have taken the time to explore the world and herself and discover things. She mentions in this book that she knows less than twenty people, and yet she’s in love with Thorne? Okay.
Anyway, I really liked how this series wrapped up, and I like how things were a little open ended in regards to just how things will pan out in the future for the surviving characters. You don’t know, but you know it’s a new start for them, for Earth, and for the Lunars.