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Last Lunar Chronicles Sequel | Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter is out. That’s it. It’s OVER!!!!

Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Title & Author: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction

Release Date: November 10, 2015

Series: The Lunar Chronciles #4

Publisher: Macmillan

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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?”

In Denial It’s Over

I have absolutely adored The Lunar Chronicles books – Cinder, Scarlet and Cress have been outstanding by themselves and as a part of the whole series.

I’ll just go ahead and tell you something, though. And you probably won’t want to hear it. I think that while Winter is a great conclusion to the series, was the weakest book out of them all.

Winter tackled a tough situation: how will the story wrap up 8 characters’ storylines and a revolution while satisfying readers?

A few things to know about my state of mind before I picked up Winter: 1. I did not re-read any of the previous books 2. My expectations were very high and 3. I’ve had unfortunate experiences with other sequels earlier this year.

All those things considered, I really did enjoy Winter. Cinder, Thorne, Winter and Iko have got to be some of my all-time favorite book characters. They all feel like old friends, and I rooted for them the entire series.

What I loved about the previous books is that while they all tie together, each one had a new main character with different personalities and romances. That kept everything feeling fresh and new.

While we do get a new character in this book – the Lunar princess Winter – the story couldn’t focus just on her because, you know, there is an evil queen to dethrone and all that jazz. I missed that sense of freshness, though, and struggled to feel the connection to every character when all 8 of them were crowding scenes for attention.

Plus, fighting scenes are something I always struggle with and in revolution type situations, you tend to get more of those. I don’t mind letting the fighting details go blurry, but after The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, Red Queen, etc, etc, I am exhausted with the idea of people physically revolting against the powers that be. I’m just at a mental maximum for it, so this element was completely lost on me.

Listen, despite all of the above, Meyer knows how to write. She’s draws scenes and characters and romance (OH YES) and places so extremely well that I barely cared about the rest. This has been a wonderful series, and Winter does everything it possibly can to wrap things up well and happily and romantically.

My only wish is that I had re-read the previous books beforehand so I could have avoided a fuzzy outlook and just enjoyed the ride.


The Lunar Chronicles series is not to be missed. Each books has it’s own flavor and strengths, each building on the last. If you haven’t read the series, you really must. Winter does a fantastic job of tying up loose ends and making fans remember why we loved all the books in the first place.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Chelsea Catherine Courville

    I couldn’t really connect with the character, Winter. Honestly, I sped read through most of her parts after the beginning. But I did love this book with all my heart. I loved the conclusion.

  • I loved every moment of Winter, but even as I was eagerly turning the pages and speeding through the book, I knew that it wasn’t going to be my favorite of the series. There is just sooo much going on and while I think Marissa Meyer did an excellent job of tying everything together, it still was a lot to handle.