Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Genres: Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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?
A massive conclusion (literally)
WINTER is the final book in The Lunar Chronicles which is one of my favourite sci fi series and at 823 pages, it truly is a massive conclusion. The entire series has been so much fun, but things were definitely stepped up in this finale. The characters had to face bigger challenges they’ve ever encountered so far, and not everything went to plan. Everyone had to really work for their happy ending, and there were some big consequences to deal with. The entire thing gave me a lot of feels. I really like how everything wrapped up.
So much sass
One of my favourite things about this series is the characters and their sass. All the characters have their own unique personalities, but their banter together is amazing. They really like to practice that sarcasm. As sarcasm is my main sense of humour, their antics bring me a lot of entertainment and joy.
I would have loved more from Winter’s POV
So much happened in WINTER that it would be hard to fit in more, but one thing I wish was included was more scenes from Winter’s POV. She was an incredibly intriguing character with her insanity. It was interesting to read about how she perceived the world and dealt with her unstable mentality, while still being such a good person.
Curse these couples
Romance plays a pretty decent part in this series (they are fairy tale retellings) and I honestly really like all the couples in this series. Every relationship is unique and developed in its own way, but every single one of them cause me intense feels and emotions at some point or another.
Yay for fairy tale elements!
Part of the fun of fairy tale retellings are all the nods to the original tales. CINDER had quite a few elements that everyone knows as Cinderella moments, but SCARLET and CRESS didn’t have quite so many obvious fairy tale scenes. And I dare say WINTER has the most fairy tale inspired scenes of them all. There were so many iconic Snow White moments in WINTER, it was great!
If you’re looking for fun fairy tale retellings with entertaining characters, I highly recommend The Lunar Chronicles. There’s good romance, plot twists that make you feel things, and plenty of moments that make you laugh.