Author: Marissa Meyer
No. of pages: 827, Hardback
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Date Read: May 6, 2018
Final book in The Lunar Chronicles
Princess 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. (Goodreads)
This book from beginning to end was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. I’ll explain, but first, let me tell you what an absolute thrill it is for me to tell you that I’ve finished this series. I’ve had friends over the course of the past few years tell me how I needed to read these books. I ignored them. I was in the wrong. I slept on this series, and I will most definitely be reading and looking forward to more of Marissa Meyer’s work in the future. She created a world that I didn’t want to end. And now to the actual review.
Winter, the character, is based on Snow White. She’s kind individual who is seen as a threat to her stepmother because of the natural beauty she possesses. And in this story, even without the use of her glamour. At the end of Cress, we saw our merry band of “heroes” on their way to Luna in help Cinder reclaim her title and throne from Levana because Cinder, is actually this Princess Selene that should be dead because Levana tried to kill her. Clearly, this family has issues. And the rest of the story is wildly crafted around the story of Snow White, but it also continues our heroes quest to overthrow an evil queen and save Earth (because all the good fairy tales always end happily ever after).
Honestly, I’m real ready to read this book again. It was so well written. The storylines and plot of the book were moving and at NO point was there a lull where something wasn’t happening. The character development of ALL the characters that we had met so far went beyond my anything I could have ever imagined. I felt that they were truly fleshed out for us in a way they hadn’t been in the first three books. This book was a culmination and truly a great ending to a great series.
One of my favorite things in this book was the relationships. Now, I’m not really one to really like all the romance stuff, but again, it was written so well. Cress and Kai were endearing in the fact that they both had to do what was right for their countries, but never forgot that they liked each other, and were loyal to each other completely. I’m not real sure how I felt about Scarlet and Wolf, because it was CLEAR from Scarlet what Wolf’s intentions were and they weren’t fully reciprocated until the end of the book. Why string the boy-genetically-altered-into-a-wolf along if you weren’t sure sooner? Cress and Thorne slightly angered me because she liked him, and he liked her, and she ignored him, and he ignored her, and then she couldn’t ignore him, but he still wouldn’t tell her the truth, and then it FINALLY happened and he made a move, but then they were separated because of the mission, and they both almost died, but then they didn’t, and the THEN they were finally together. Clearly, they’re my favorite couple of them all. I was really glad that they threw Winter and Jacin in the mix because honestly, I thought Jacin was a huge jerk, and he was. But it was only because he wanted to get back to Winter as soon as possible, and everything he did was to protect her. Too cute. Must be protected at all costs.
There were so many twists and turns for me in this book that I really don’t even know where to begin. I absolutely loved this book. I absolutely have loved this series. I absolutely have loved all of these imaginative retellings of fairy tales and princesses that I read about growing up. I absolutely have loved every single minute of reading. If you get a chance to read these books and haven’t yet, you will NOT be disappointed.