Review: WINTER by Marissa Meyer

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 | Leave a comment

Winter

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 final book in Marissa Meyer’s series of YA futuristic fairytale retellings. I’ve been increasingly impressed with this series. I found Cinder (book one) entertaining enough, but it was Scarlet (book two) that made me fall for these books, as new main characters were introduced and new plot lines twined skilfully with those from book one. Each new instalment has introduced more major characters, each with their own distinct personality, goals, and love interest, winding them cleverly into the overall series plot.

In all four books, I’ve especially loved the fairytale retellings aspect. The series encompasses Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White, but instead of straightforward retellings, Meyer plays with the traditional, non-Disney tales, updating them for futuristic settings. I especially liked the fact that, although all the ‘princesses’ are matched with their ‘princes’, every woman is important to the plot (not just the romance) and is fully capable of rescuing herself.

Meyer pulls out all the stops in Winter. There are a lot of characters and subplots to be tied up, and the length of the book reflects that. I’m glad, though, that she didn’t skimp on word count. There’s so much action that I didn’t get tired reading, and every plot line and character is given the attention needed. A really satisfying end to the series. And just look at that stunning cover!

Have you read any of The Lunar Chronicles? What did you think?

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