Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: November 10th 2015 by, Feiwel and Friends
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: Fiction, YA
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?
Cinder (Cinderella): A cyborg mechanic, with a robotic hand and foot who falls in love with a prince called Kai.
Scarlet (Red Riding Hood): A spaceship pilot with a red hoodie who falls for a wild street fighter named Wolf.
Cress (Rapunzel): A brilliant hacker who meets the captain of her dreams named Captain Thorne (ha, I see what Marissa did there, clever woman).
Winter (Snow White): A beloved, scarred princess who is in love with her guard called Jacin, all the while dealing with her evil stepmother.
It is this group of eight mismatch fairy tale characters that ally together and form a team to save the kingdom from the evil Queen Levana who has shattered their dreams of a happily ever after before.
I have been waiting for this book for a very, very long time and let me tell you, it did not fail to provide the goods. The Lunar Chronicles series is one of my best book series ever and I just love how everything came together. Oh, there were numerous times where it seemed like the lovable characters were defeated but at the end, they truly did achieve their futuristic happily ever after. Click here to read book 1, 2 and 3.
Although, Winter is 824 pages long, you will finish this in no time. You will relish in all the romances, the plot twists and action. It was such a worthwhile wait! I just adore a series where there is mission and each book adds an additional character to the cause.
There are many things to applaud Marissa on and one of those things is that the book did not get confusing at all. There are nine main characters in this book (including Levana) and each of them, at some point in the book, have their own chapter, but Marissa made sure the book still kept to its clear plot line and that each character still had their own distinctive personalities. It did not blur together which I really, really liked.
Did you know that the story Cinderella was actually originated in China, The European version of Red Riding Hood was first published by a French writer and Rapunzel is a type of lettuce and so is Cress. It just shows that Marissa’s researches on the fairy tales were very good and it helped her write the prefect story line for all four books.
The story opens with Princess Winter (Snow White), stepdaughter of Luna’s Queen Levana and the last edition to the gang. Known for her unfailing compassion and unparalleled beauty, Winter continues to lose her grip on reality as Lunar sickness pervades. Meanwhile, Cinder and the gang are ready for a revolution. Each of the characters have gone through some sort of struggle all by the hands of Levana and they are ready to get vengeance.
The classic poison apple makes an appearance as well as the seven dwarfs (albeit not in a version you would think off). The ‘mirror, mirror on the wall’ does not however, make an appearance but with mirror being forbidden on Luna, it’s something we can write off.
Fans of the series will love every tension-filled second, as each character races toward their own happily ever after. Although each character goes their own way at the end, I really, really hope they stay in contact and meet more often than the supposed annual ball. I will truly miss this series and all the characters *sigh*.