Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter
(The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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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.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS SERIES.

I finished this book a few days ago but I actually regretted that I hadn’t read it much sooner. The Rampion crews prove to be reliable people who earned my admiration page by page. Cinder, we see her gain more confidence with her abilities and learn to be a leader. And I have sooo much respect for Kai, a mature young man willing to sacrifice anything for his country. Cress, who hasn’t seen the world much besides from digital news and secret cameras but is always dependable and helpful to the team. Thorne, a charming guy with slight humors that makes the pages seem alive. Scarlet, a brave woman who knows exactly what to do in dire situation. Wolf, whom despite his circumstances still tries his best to be accepting and move forward. And last but not least, Iko, our favorite ray of sunshine who has always been a dear friend to Cinder, and acts with human kindness despite her being an android.

These crews — I will forever have them in my heart. Simply because they’re like pieces of puzzles who complete each others and become pillars of support in dire situations.

But we have additional casts here. First, Winter, the titular character who’s also the princess of Luna. She has a mental illness because she refuses to use her gifts to manipulate people like Levana. Thus sometimes her dialogues just seem so random and sound like what little kids would ask to their parents. But that’s part of her charm and deep inside, she also has the most sincere heart for people of Luna and is willing to put herself at great dangers for the sake of their happiness. Second, we have Jacin. Winter’s personal guard. Acts like a typical guard to Winter but has a lovable personality.

Each character has had their stories be told, and I really enjoyed seeing those stories weaved into each other as the series came into conclusion. How these books have the elements similar to their respective original stories but shaped into something entirely different by the magical mind of Marissa Meyer. Somehow, that makes the series even more original than it’s supposed to be.

The plot thickens with words of revolutions — typical of how a dystopia series would end. Nonetheless, I found the happily-ever-after ending to be utterly satisfying, even though normally in this specific genre I would have thought it was completely unrealistic. It was a perfect ending for all of the couples, oh and speaking of the romance, I thought they were sweet without being sickening at all. I was totally rooting for all the couples to get together. But if I had to pick my favorite, it would have easily been Cinder and Kai! Simply because these two people are so mature and still be able to make sound decisions despite having a lot of things at stake.

Overall, I’m just a reader turned goo due to the happiness this book made me feel. Damn right, Marissa Meyer, thanks for writing these magnificent fairy tale retellings — ones of the best and the most creative out there!!

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