Book Review #73: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Sunday, 15 November 2015
TitleWinter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
AuthorMarissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Format: eBook
Publication Date: November 10th 2015
Pages: 824
Source: Bought
PurchaseThe Book Depository / Waterstones

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?

After what feels like years of waiting, we finally have the final instalment in The Lunar Chronicles series. That's right, Winter is here people, don't forget the hashtag! Being the last book in the series, there was obviously a lot of expectation and anticipation for what might happen on Luna. We cheer for our favourite characters and we cry when they die, but luckily Marissa's happily ever after stories remained just that.

First and foremost I have to address Marissa Meyer's phenomenal writing style because it really defies expectations in this book. Marissa's writing is very, very reminiscent of a fairytale (which is extremely relevant) because of how fluid the story flows off of the page and into the hearts and minds of it's readers.

At over 800 pages in length, this book wasn't short of things happening. This book was action packed right from the beginning and there was never a dull moment. Throughout this story, Meyer packs a punch with all of her plot twists and added diversions, but never strays away from the underlying fairytale that reinforce these character's stories. In the past we have seen elements taken from the original stories woven into the narrative, and with Winter there was no difference. Taking elements from Snow White's story, there were very clear tributes to the original classic, and whilst I know these fairytales inside out, it still caught me off guard when things happened to the characters that happened in the fables.

With such an eclectic cast of characters, Meyer manages to provide equal perspective time to each of her beloved fictional children. As the books have progressed in this series, we naturally are introduced to new characters along the way, providing a confident background to each of them. In this book we gain a broad view into the life of Princess Winter and her romantic interest, Jacin. Of all of the characters I definitely think Winter's story was one of the strongest in the series, with Cinder's coming in a very close second. Looking more in depth at the character's themselves, we really got to see the impact this book had on the relationships they had formed with one another - both the romantic and the platonic. This book explores some truly dark and difficult situations for these characters, and their relationships are really put to the test at times. However, it wasn't just their romantic ventures that were tested, because each of the character's had to go through some rough ordeals in this book to come out where they did.

This book takes us away from the boundaries of Earth to a completely new setting that we've only seen glimpses of in the prequel novel, Fairest. In this book we got to look beyond corridors and chambers of Levana's castle and extend our view out to the multiple sectors of Luna. Exploring the different sectors on Luna was truly fascinating and I was truly interested to see how each of these sectors worked and contributed to the society. I enjoyed the we got to follow our beloved characters into these sectors, and to interact with the people. This broader perspective really allowed the novel to gain an element of realism for me, as the sectors and their reasoning for being seemed almost relatable to some societies today, minus the fact that this all takes place on the moon, of course. What I was really interested to see was the very clear contrasts between the monarchic ruling of Luna and the republican way of The Eastern Commonwealth and the way that these were distinguished through their use of society.

Overall, there is so much I could say for this review, but I don't want to go in depth with spoilers to avoid ruining someone else's experience of this beautiful book. This novel really exemplifies everything that this story stands for, and readers will truly admire everything Meyer has done to conclude this journey. It is without a doubt that this novel is clearly one of my favourites of the year, perhaps even the novel to beat. I award Winter by Marissa Meyer a 5 out of 5 star rating on my classification scale. Readers will definitely not be disappointed with how well Meyer has crafted her conclusion to this stunning series. It is with deep sadness that I have to say goodbye to this series because it is definitely one I am going to miss being a part of. The world, the characters, everything that has made this series what is is. You can definitely expect me to revisit these books sometime in the near future!

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