*All reviews I write are spoiler free*
I finally read the last book in The Lunar Chronicles!
Well, sort of. If you don’t count the novellas in Stars Above.
But I’ll get round to those at some point.
As always, my review will be spoiler free, but since this is the 4th book in a series, the synopsis may contain spoilers for the previous books. There will be a warning just before the synopsis, so if you haven’t read the previous books, just skip ahead to my review.
So let’s talk about Winter!
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series Status: The 4th book in The Lunar Chronicles
Number of Pages: 823
WARNING: This synopsis may contain spoilers for the previous books. If you haven’t read the previous books, skip ahead to the review, where there will be NO spoilers!
(From back cover, see different synopsis on Goodreads)
Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She’s said to be even more breath taking than her stepmother, Queen Levana…
When Winter develops feeling for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin.
But there are stirrings against the Queen across the land. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even find the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter claim their happily-ever-afters by defeating Levana once and for all?
I’m really going to miss this series!
I know I still have Stars Above to read, but still…
I just really like the characters. They’re so lovable. There wasn’t a single character perspective that I found boring throughout this book, and that’s saying something, since there’s so many of them. I mean, every time the chapters switched character, it did take me about a page or so to catch up again, but this wasn’t much of a problem because I just needed to know what was happening to everyone.
Although the story did seem a bit slow paced to begin with, after the first 100 pages I became surprised by how fast paced the rest of the book was. With it being so huge (over 800 pages?!?!?) I expected it to be quite slow, with a lot of plotting and thought behind it. And while there was a lot of plotting, it still managed to be full of action. As someone who usually reads about 100 pages a day, I was very much surprised to find myself reading 300 pages a day. It just shows how addictive this series is!
I did feel a little bit ridiculous at one point when reading this book. There were certain events that really shocked me…even though they were in the original fairytale! I should’ve seen it coming, but somehow I really didn’t! I was that engrossed in the story that I forgot this series was based on fairytale retellings, so the shock factor was very much added back in for me.
I do remember thinking that I’d have probably rated this book higher if it was a bit shorter. But then at the same time, there’s nothing I’d take out of it, so I don’t know? I think it’s just because, trying to read this when I go to college and end up too tired to read on some evenings, it just seemed to take too long. Granted, I finished it quicker than I thought I would. But I still feel like I’d have rated it higher if it was just a bit shorter.
But overall, I really loved how this series has ended. I won’t say it was realistic – I mean, it’s a fairytale retelling mixed with SciFi, so what are the chances of it being realistic? But I will say that it’s addictive, and a satisfying ending, and I cannot wait to get Stars Above!
Rated 4/5 stars!
Share your thoughts!
Have you read Winter yet? What did you think?
Who’s your favourite character?
If not, do you have any interest in reading The Lunar Chronicles?
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