Winter is out. That’s it. It’s OVER!!!!
Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer
Title & Author: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronciles #4
How I Got the Book: Bought
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’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.