Winter by Marissa Meyer
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?1
I’m not sure why I waited so long to read Fairest, but having the background on Queen Levana and Princess Winter helped to give that special bit of insight to the characters for reading Winter. Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, had me hooked from the very beginning. Each book modelled after a fairytale with it’s own twist while forming one unified story was perfection. Cinder with the obvious Cinderella flair. Scarlett as our Red Riding Hood with the Big Bad Wolf. Cress as Rapunzel trapped in a satellite rather than a tall tower, but very much the same effect as the tower and her long flowing hair. Finally, Winter, our Snow White in the series. The Lunar Chronicles are perfection taking these beloved characters and elements from their stories while wrapping them all together in an intergalactic war with cyborgs, androids, space ships and foreign monarchies.
Princess Winter has lived her life in the shadows of her manipulative step mother Queen Levana. Being a Lunar herself, Winter has the ability to perform many of the same manipulations, but for reasons that remain a secret to the reader for some time, she refuses to use her Lunar gift. This causes her mind to crack with hallucinations of blood dripping from the walls and her limbs turning to ice.
Cinder and her band of misfits have successfully kidnapped Emperor Kaito and are plotting their next step to stop Queen Levana. Cinder struggles with the idea of who she was born to be while going up against an entire planet and risking her new friends lives as well as her own. Each character or “Princess” has their own version of a “Prince” which means for each main character there is another half that Meyer had to plan a way to have everyone together, or groups separated so there aren’t as many people to have to touch on which could have added confusion to the story. This couldn’t be completely avoided though so there is a bunch of jumping around throughout the story. This is partly to update us on each group to see what is going on, but also to create hype and suspense.
I must admit that the ending to the series was a bit anti-climactic, but it was also something to be expected. You can’t please everyone and things needed to be wrapped up to close the story. Meyer decided to take the route to place the stepping stones to resolution with the readers imagination to finish the brickwork as to what the future holds for our beloved characters.
The Lunar Chronicles are a must read series for any fiction fan. Thankfully the magic isn’t over. Despite Winter being the final book in the series, Meyer released a book called Stars Above full of novella tales to help build on our favourite characters and some of the missing pieces to their own stories and how they came to be part of Cinder’s life. Although I am sad that the series is over I remain hopeful, as I’m sure many of you are, that the books will be turned into films. I believe this is a necessity. We need these films and we need them now. Right now.
- Book summary courtesy of Marissa Meyer’s webpage.